Lesson Plan

  • 01

    Introduction: The Art of Life

    Meet your new instructor: Oscar-nominated filmmaker and artist David Lynch. In his first lesson, David talks about the importance of exploring deeply and encourages you to seek out thrilling ideas in the pursuit of creativity.

  • 02

    Catching Ideas

    For David, ideas are everything. Learn how to draw from your intuition and life experience to unlock powerful sources of creative inspiration.

  • 03

    Creativity and the Writing Process

    Writing is a way to remember ideas that come to life in your mind. Learn how to approach a blank page and find out why David thinks there is no formula for writing a good script.

    • 04

      Educating Yourself

      David believes that the best learning is experiential and hands-on. He shares lessons from his first experiments in cinema and discusses the master filmmakers who have inspired him.

    • 05

      Casting for Character

      Casting is an intuitive process that can result in exciting discoveries and collaborations. Learn how to identify and recognize the right performer for a part and hear David discusses working with some of his favorite actors.

    • 06

      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.

    • 07

      On Set: Creating a Happy Family

      Treat your team like a happy family and they will go the extra mile for you. Learn how David handles the pressures of the set while protecting a creative space for the cast and crew.

    • 08

      Production Design: Building Unique Worlds

      The world on screen begins as an idea in the director’s mind. David shares several show-and-tell techniques for conveying ideas to designers, encouraging improvisation along the way.

    • 09

      Cinematography: Manifesting David’s Vision

      Using vivid black-and-white examples from “Eraserhead” and “The Elephant Man,” David teaches you how to think cinematically.

    • 10

      Sound Design and Scoring

      The right music can elevate every other cinematic element on screen. Learn how David collaborates with composers and sound designers to create the perfect union of sound and picture.

    • 11

      Breaking the Rules

      Rules are great for driving, but in cinema? David doesn’t like rules. Learn to distinguish restrictions that stifle creativity from those that actually help you to think outside the box.

    • 12

      Make It True to the Ideas

      Every artist struggles with fears of failure and the pressures of success. David encourages you to keep your creative decisions focused on one overriding goal: staying true to the idea.

  • 13

    Bonus Chapter: Transcendental Meditation

    David practices Transcendental Meditation twice a day. Learn to approach life and work with deeper awareness through meditation and enjoy the “doing” of almost any activity.

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