July 19, 2013

Watch 20-Minute David Lynch Doc: Sage Advice for Indie Filmmakers in 'Room to Dream'

David LynchDavid Lynch has done so much for cinema. He is not only the director with the best hair, but he's also the director that made surrealism more mainstream on the silver screen. Another one of Lynch's contributions has been to independent film, specifically.  In a 20-minute documentary entitled Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker, Lynch covers every phase of filmmaking, sharing his wisdom every step of the way: Why ideas are king, how digital is changing the industry, and why filmmakers should "enjoy the doing." Hit the jump to check out the film:

Lynch is known for his surrealistic cinematic worlds, like those in his short films, like (the terrifying) The Alphabet, features like Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive, and his TV show Twin Peaks

Convention has never been something he's liked to tap into, favoring, rather, a steady stream of ideas that are born, grow, and achieve completion on-screen.

You have ideas, and I always say ideas are the most important thing, and the idea tells you everything. The idea is like a seed. The tree is in the seed, but it doesn’t look like the tree. So, when you finally see the tree, you might make some changes, but when you get an idea you really do see the whole tree, but it’s in an abstract form.

Perhaps one of the greatest ideas, at least for indie filmmakers, was that one does not need millions of dollars or the latest equipment to make a good film. In David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker, Lynch not only talks about that, but demonstrates it.

Check out this documentary, which is full of Lynch's great insight, advice, thoughts, and behind-the-scenes footage of one of his short films (shot on a little digital camera.)

What do you think about Lynch's approach to filmmaking? Let us know in the comments.

Link: David Lynch's Guide to Film-Making -- Dangerous Minds

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This looks like it was done over 5 years ago, looking at that tech.
Can't help but feel Lynch went digital too early. Inland Empire looks horrible

July 19, 2013 at 1:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Fresno Bob

I actually think Inland Empire looks pretty great. There are a couple of scenes where the reframing is obvious, but that's the only thing that I found close to distracting.

What do you think about 28 Days Later?

July 19, 2013 at 1:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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cows

Well I don't think Empire looked "great", but i also don't think he cared. He could have used digital in a far more cinematographic way, but he chose not to. Not sure why, but my theory is he was trying to prove the story, and acting are everything. A big middle finger to giant budgets and Hollywood. In a way he succeeded. Thanks Mr. Lynch. But please go back to filming with awesome cinematography please. Your so good at it.

July 26, 2013 at 12:17AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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funkydmunky

Inland Empire was released in 2006 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460829/ The firts DV feature that i saw in a theate was Tadpole, released in 2000 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0271219/ So Lynch's film wasn't exactly bleeding edge.

July 19, 2013 at 3:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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c.d.embrey

Oh, man, the guy was using a rubber track dolly ... (btw, I once sat a few tables away from him at Canter's)

July 19, 2013 at 1:48PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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DLD

I hate smoking.

July 19, 2013 at 2:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tim

What is up with the weird, creepy music? Makes everything that Lynch is saying sound slightly evil.

July 19, 2013 at 2:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Brendan O'Toole

I got this DVD in the mail when they were doing the free DVD giveaways. Not a bad Doc. Lynch is a badass.

July 19, 2013 at 4:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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'I'll send you a love letter straight friom my heart, fukr!" One of to Dennis Hopper's greatest rolls.
It's amazing how much of an influence blue velvet had on me...call me crazy

July 19, 2013 at 5:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Anthony Marino

Great hair!

July 19, 2013 at 6:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Lynch is truly one of a kind. I really enjoyed his book on meditation & idea creation, Catching The Big Fish. Seeing him here, in the middle of shooting a scene with a rolling camera in one hand and lit cigarette in another, is too funny.

July 19, 2013 at 6:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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You forgot about his talking hand, it's awesome!

July 19, 2013 at 8:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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maghox.fr

It looks and sounds like 5-10 years ago

July 20, 2013 at 9:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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pask

"enjoy the doing" - great little advice

July 20, 2013 at 9:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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pask

Great words of wisdom. Does anyone know what movie he was shooting during this.

July 25, 2013 at 6:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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A very inspiring short doco.

July 25, 2013 at 8:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Brett

Doesn't really matter what the footage was shot with, but what he says transcends whatever format you're using. The music is a little loud though, but it's still a worth watch.

July 25, 2013 at 10:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Enjoy the doing... Brilliant advice..brilliant artist!

June 14, 2014 at 4:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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John Larsen