Film & TV

Working With Actors

David Lynch

Lesson time 14:03 min

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.

David Lynch
Teaches Creativity and Film
David Lynch teaches his unconventional process for translating visionary ideas into film and other art forms.
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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.


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

I am a teacher completing professional development. Thank you. It was wonderful

An iconic American voice. No one tells stories like DL & he got me into TM. What more could you ask for? Brilliant Fearless, Artist.

Excellent to bring the talk about the meditation very helpful !

David Lynch´class has taught me how to be more creative and the importance of being kind with people. He is a great human being.


Charm F.

It’s very truthful & Direct you to think,The most favorite is the options about being in front of the camera,For as we have to give The person that’s watching enjoyment.

Dylan H.

I also played David in a show from 2011 to 2017 called Black Lodge (In the photo, far left). I watched a lot of David's interviews, all the movies, and read much of his writing in order to stay true to the person, but I could never quite get the hair right. I even met a handful of people he has worked with like John Neff who said we got into his mind. We just did a lot of research and followed our feelings about his art, which we all love. Thank you, again, David!

Dylan H.

I began my path as a graphic artist living in the woods with a park ranger dad, then an actor and then became a stage and film director with time. David comes from a similar path. If you don't love actors, you really shouldn't direct. When I first watched The Grey Fox as a kid, I though that someday I might direct Richard Farnsworth in a film. So glad David made The Straight Story with Richard. I cry at the end ever single time. A movie that confirmed once again why I love working with actors. Moments like that are why we do it. Thank you, David!

Milad T.

6:30 that's the dude from avengers 1, i knew it right when i heard his voice. "you fell outta the sky"

Ashley S.

I'm interested in the idea of violence and humor being closely related through compulsion. Would love to hear Lynch expound further on that.

Debby V.

very interesting on the process of being polite to your actors and not belittling them.

Dan U.

“Make it real from a deep place, intuition, feels right. Searching for clues analyze to make the scene right.

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.