Whatever you call him – master of the surreal or creator of the mind-bending – his directorial aesthetic is so distinct that one instantly knows that they are watching a David Lynch. Colour, dreams, montage, abstraction, disquiet, complex, inexplicable; the Lynchian style – “a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former’s containment within the latter” – has come to define a generation of art-house film.
And now you too can learn like Lynch, as applications open for the David Lynch MA in Film. With the tag line “Meditate and Create”, the year-long course is the only of its kind, focusing on “consciousness-based” filmmaking. Alongside all aspects of film, (and a session taught by Lynch himself in Los Angeles), students will participate in daily individual and group practice of Transcendental Meditation.
The program is on offer at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, a school founded by Transcendental Meditation master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a man who is also Lynch’s own guru; Lynch has studied the form of meditation for 40 years, and credits the practice with allowing him to find his most visceral creativity.
Lynch says: “[Transcendental Meditation] gives those in the program the ability to dive within—to transcend and experience that unbounded ocean of pure consciousness which is unbounded intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy, power, and peace”. “The students in this program grow in these all-positive qualities, and it serves the work in glorious ways. The big secret to great filmmaking, I believe, lies within in the big treasury within us all.”
By Ella Pearce Heath
David Lynch will be back on our screens in 2016 when the critically-acclaimed Golden Globe-winning series Twin Peaks returns as a nine episode series on Showtime.