From David Lynch's MasterClass

Working With Actors

Rehearsals are the time to shape scenes and take risks. David teaches you how to bring out an actor’s potential in front of the camera and elicit an unforgettable performance.

Topics include: Rehearsal • Directing With Kindness • Directing Big Emotions • Directing Unorthodox Pacing

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Rehearsals are the time to shape scenes and take risks. David teaches you how to bring out an actor’s potential in front of the camera and elicit an unforgettable performance.

Topics include: Rehearsal • Directing With Kindness • Directing Big Emotions • Directing Unorthodox Pacing

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An avant-garde figure in filmmaking, David Lynch introduced mainstream audiences to art-house films. Now the Oscar-nominated director of Mulholland Drive teaches his cross-disciplinary creative process. Learn how he catches ideas, translates them into a narrative, and moves beyond formulaic storytelling. Embrace the art life in David’s MasterClass and learn to test the boundaries of your own artistic expression in any medium.

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Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I don't make films but it was a joy listening to someone who does. Brilliant man. I want to see all of his films now.

I found the lessons to be applicable to a creative practice, improving the work itself and personally fulfilling and energizing.

I'm an author. Listening to David has helped me to connect more with my work, to think more about the feeling of a scene, and to CATCH ideas rather than throw them out. He's irresistible .

David is my favorite director, and getting insight into his mind and methods has been invaluable. He is also a top-of-the-line human being with a huge heart.

Comments

Theresa P.

Loving the content, but especially loving the filming, editing and how the graphics seem to honor Lynch's painting style. Great job, Masterclass team! You really captured the spirit of Lynch in every part of this.

Craig K.

After a couple of OC Classes - On Camera Acting Classes with a Professional Actor- I set out to try my hand at acting - it's very difficult and I've now developed a new appreciation for the occupation. In the last film I was in, I played the 'Repenter' in Prodigy 2018 ( Available on Amazon PPV ). My part had no dialogue so I was required to emote my feelings only by body movement and facial expression. The director trusted me to get the part right --- that was a long shot for me. I'm saying this because at least Lynch works with his actors and he tries to get out of them what he wants. In my case, the scene that makes the final cut was my third try at the shot and honestly, I was thinking of what David Lynch and what he would want Bob on Twin Peeks to do -- and it worked. Thank you David Lynch. While I've been in very easy roles like acting as one of the Easy Riders ( Motorcycle riding Whig Senators ) in the Official Warner Music Video 'Feel it Still' by Portugal the Man, having your director actually telling you what they want you to do makes acting a whole lot easier. Kudos to David Lynch for actually putting the work in to get the best out of an actor!

Sean P.

Ive caught two semi big fish and with many minnows married them into one big fish. Casting this big sucker back down there now.

Clarissa N.

I am really enjoying these. It is like you are have an intimate discussion with David Lynch over dinner.

Tulio V.

I liked the pacing explanation. It's a whole universe hidden in the images that most directors don't explore.

Graeme R.

The cinematography/direction of the David Lynch sequences is amazing and superb. Even the graphics are stellar. Bravo or Brava or Both!

Casie

To discuss class topics, share your work and network with other classmates, go to The Hub (updated link here): https://community.masterclass.com/c/film-tv/dl-workbook

Javier D.

Great! I did my first short film couple of years ago. I had first part unexperienced actors and didn't get what I was looking for. The second part got very good ones, but no budget for rehearsals! The professional actors flew from another place right to the shooting! Unexperienced Director and no rehearsals is the worst! Anyway, the pro actors were so good they gave a decent performance in spite of the difficult story. And the short film went to 12 international film festivals. I don't know if that is correct, you can watch it here and see what NOT to do with actors: https://vimeo.com/164842245

Doug B.

This blew my mind - Your Whispering, I can't hear you.... said David "It's in there, it's in there. it's in there" When I first saw this scene for the first time with my wife "Lost Highway" I felt bad for the guy being pistol whipped by this bully ass-hole gangster but then just now while watching this segment again a lost memory surfaced from the back of my mind remembering me driving my car some 20 years ago with 2 young children in the back seat. Looking in my back mirror I'm thinking this ass hole is following my car way too close and I was getting really pissed... I took my foot off the gas and let my car slowed to a stop (that was dumb of me) - I quickly jumped jumped out the car and ran towards the car behind screaming "I got kids in the back of my fucking car and you're following me too way too fucking close"... the car door opened and out stood this big guy and I pause... He said to me calmly "get back in your car" and I did... Violence/ Comedy - Crazy Shit, it's in there, it's in there! Thanks David.

Dennis F.

David has that kindness that can bring out a range of emotions. I should say to help the actor bring it out. His ability to take violence into an unbearable level that crescendos into absurdity and humor is a rare gift. During the rape scene in Blue Velvet, he was off camera giggling. Isabella said so in an interview. Said it bothered her but at the same time helped take her mind off what Frank was doing. Maybe the link will work here, but it doesn't work for me. https://community.masterclass.com/c/film-tv/davidlynchcreativityfilm