Similar to when we plant a seed, making film is cultivating the idea until we transform it into a tree, according to the psychic filmmaker, David Lynch.
“Room to Dream”, David Lynch explains filmmaking /
We can consider David Lynch to be one of the most enigmatic filmmakers of his time. His films, at times cryptic, relate to the viewer in difficult ways to explain in words. However, when he speaks of film, he is clear and even didactic. In Room to Dream (2005), Lynch explains the process of making a film, from its conception until its completion; from the idea to the last effort of post-production.
“The most important thing”, he states categorically, “is the idea”. He compares an idea to a seed, an example in which the film would be the tree that grows from this tiny embryo, apparently insignificant, but that contains it all. He stresses the similarity between film and music because they both live in time. And while most films are built from concrete plots, he prefers the abstract, as is proven by his filmography.
He speaks about the script, directing actors, direct sound, montage and the sound post-production: he shares his knowledge generously, without delving into the essence of film. As one of the actresses that appears in the scene that Room to Dream is based on, we cannot ask Lynch what things mean. “It’s incredible all the things you can talk about without having to talk about that”, says the filmmaker.
Lynch is a fervent believer of digital film. To him, the new technology is magical, and it takes him back to the first days of 35mm, when there was not a high definition in the quality of an image, and thus there was much more space to dream —from there the documentary’s title. It seems almost paradoxical that Lynch defends this new tendency while younger directors, such as Christopher Nolan passionately and feverishly defend the celluloid format.
Recorded while he prepared Inland Empire (2006), perhaps his most perplexing film, in Room to Dream the freedom he films with is evident, and his desire to experiment with form and substance. In just twenty minutes Lynch teaches a lesson to blossoming filmmakers, a valuable document to learn not just about filmmaking, but also about approaching a piece that demands and deserves our full attention. We appreciate his candidness and honesty.Tagged: cinema, David Lynch, inspiration, film directors Credits: Image (Jerome Bonet)