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The Director's Chair => David Lynch => Topic started by: MacGuffin on January 04, 2007, 11:54:47 AM

Title: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on January 04, 2007, 11:54:47 AM

Documenting David Lynch
Source: Canon Europe
Jason Scheunemann is working with a mystery. Since November last year, he has been trailing filmmaker David Lynch – recording the director in a fly on the wall style whilst Lynch completes his latest film project. Shrouded in secrecy, details about the new Lynch project have been few and far between, Lynch being a master at playing his cards very close. All this lends Scheunemann’s film a double edge of secrecy – the secrecy of Lynch’s new film, and the mystery that is Lynch himself.

Using gear from Canon, Scheunemann has been following David Lynch since November recording a fly on the wall documentary about him and his latest project. Lynch is one of Hollywood’s most intriguing and private characters. With a feature film career that commenced with 1977’s Eraserhead, Lynch has presented an oft times nightmarish and indecipherable alternative universe in his films – and it is for these complexities that fans love his work. Scheunemann has known Lynch for some time, and approached him last July with a proposal for a documentary on him. Says Scheunemann “David was extremely accommodating with regard to granting me permission to make this film about him. The first wave of filming took place in Los Angeles in early November 2004, and then continued in Lodz, Poland in December.”

In keeping with the secrecy surrounding the new film project, the images that you see here were shot while Lynch was doing a photo shoot with the EOS 1DS Mark II as part of the CAMERIMAGE festival in Poland.

Following filming in Poland, Scheunemann cut a short pilot documentary. To get permission to continue filming Lynch, Scheunemann showed him the rough cut. If Lynch didn’t like the work, Scheunemann’s documentary would have been cut short. “David saw the pilot that I made from the footage in Poland, and all I can say is that I am still here today, filming!”

For the shoot in Poland, Scheunemann had assembled a crew to assist in filming. “The crew was quite large, especially for a documentary,” says Scheunemann. The role of the documentarian is to become as invisible as possible, to remove the distance between the subject and the camera, which can obviously be quite difficult if there are several people following them about. One of the advantages of shooting with digital, rather than with film, is that the filmmaker can be much less obtrusive. Scheunemann tells us that, since returning to Los Angeles to film, “It has only been me and my Canon cameras. I enjoy the freedom of digital, especially with regard to lighting and ease of manoeuvrability.” Scheunemann has largely been recording with an XM2 and MVX35i.


Scheunemann is relatively new to filmmaking, and wants to ensure that the film that he makes expresses his voice, and not the voice of his subject. “David is the only filmmaker that I have worked with, so my frame of reference is quite limited. It would seem only natural that David would influence my style. It poses a difficult and interesting challenge for me to not be accused of mimicking David. Many of the same things that interest David also interest me, but his approach to these things is entirely unique.” For what he wants his film to show, Scheunemann says, “I am trying to give the world a personal view of David. I want to show them that he is a very happy, very funny, very nice person who just happens to be able to take them into very mysterious worlds”.

Spending so much time with Lynch affords Scheunemann the chance to learn from one of the masters of his craft. “David is like a battery that people plug into, he feeds the creative process,” explains Scheunemann. “I enjoy watching him direct and try to learn from him so that I can apply my style to the knowledge he is giving.” In describing Lynch’s directorial technique Scheunemann explains, “David is a very spontaneous director, he knows what he wants, but is not afraid to let ‘happy accidents’ make their way onto the set”.

Scheunemann will continue to trail David Lynch until August, and hopes that his film will be ready for release at the end of next year. In keeping with the silence that surrounds Lynch’s latest film, Scheunemann will have to wait until Lynch’s film is released before he shows his own project to the world – lest he be one to let the cat out of the bag. He needs to be necessarily vague about the details of his project. It must be a big responsibility to be the keeper of David Lynch’ secrets.



You can check out some of the notes from the documentary on the filmmaker's Blog:
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on February 01, 2007, 07:57:38 PM
David Lynch Documentary 2007 Official Myspace Page:

Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on April 06, 2007, 12:41:03 AM
Teaser Trailer here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcjVzlpHXfc)
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: Pubrick on April 06, 2007, 05:55:03 AM
Teaser Trailer here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcjVzlpHXfc)
that did it.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on May 15, 2007, 12:38:00 AM
'Lynch' has a secret documentary
Film chronicles director's 'Empire' process
Source: Variety
David Lynch is still messing with us.

The director, who self-distribbed his impenetrable "Inland Empire" -- and then campaigned on its behalf by sitting with a cow on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and La Brea -- has a new trick up his sleeve.

Turns out that when Lynch spent two years hopping around the world shooting "Inland," he had cameras rolling on him as well.

The result is a previously unknown full-length doc titled "Lynch," which documents the filmmaker's process of making "Empire."

"Lynch," which was financed by a Danish government film fund, will be shopped at the Cannes market in hopes of snaring buyers from the international territories where Lynch is adored. Theatrical rights will be available in every global territory except North America, where, like "Inland," the movie will probably be self-distribbed; DVD rights are available worldwide.

A half-hour piece of the docu titled "Lynch 2" also has been included on the DVD of "Inland," which Rhino Entertainment will release on homevid Aug. 14.

Just who got such access to Lynch's famously quirky set is unclear; the director is "choosing to remain anonymous" and is credited only with the nom de plume "blackANDwhite." The mystery director, who "lived and worked at Lynch's home," said in a statement that, "My goal is to present to the world the unique experience of being with David Lynch for a prolonged period of time, watching him as he creates on a day-to-day basis."

With such intimate access, is it possible that the director is Lynch himself?

Reps at Lynch's distribution shingle denied the possibility. "I can tell you 100% that it's not David," said Eric Bassett.

Bassett described the doc as a film that exists "somewhere between a documentary and a David Lynch movie." It also "shows some rough stuff that I'm pretty shocked David let out," Bassett says. "There are a lot of problems on the set. David admits he has no idea what he's doing sometimes."

The moniker of Lynch's distribution arm may give a clue as to how the helmer views the creative process and, indeed, the world.

It's called Absurda.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: modage on June 25, 2007, 01:03:03 PM
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on September 14, 2007, 08:54:11 PM
Lynch One, the David Lynch documentary following Lynch on his journey will be opening in several cities theatrically.

In Seattle:

Friday, Oct. 12th, 2007
LYNCH ONE (Digital, A 90 minute feature, NW premiere)
7:00 PM
9:00 PM
The Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

300 seat capacity.

Advance tickets will be on sale at Scarecrow Video (www.scarecrow.com), date TBA. Ticket prices are $10 SAM, MOHAI, Warren Report members and students/$12 regular and a $15 for both screenings. This event is co-sponsored by Absurda, The Seattle Art Museum and Scarecrow Video. The filmmaker of Lynch One, BlackandWhite, will be in attendance of both screenings and will introduce the film and will be doing a Q and A.

Lynch One will then be opening in New York on Oct. 26th (one week run) with Blackandwhite in attendance.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: squints on September 14, 2007, 09:10:15 PM
4 1/2 hours of lynch. i Think my brain would explode before my ass went numb
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on October 03, 2007, 04:16:39 PM
A Message from the David Lynch Documentary Crew
Note from the DL documentary crew

hi everyone........... we are getting ready to launch the film in the states and are asking for all of your help in getting the word out. we are a very grass roots operation and are proud of it, but we also understand the downside of this type of promotion------- basically we wont be able to inform everyone we want to unless we can find a way to reach them........... this is where you guys come in. we will send out bulletins but ask that you forward those bulletins to other myspacers or copy those bulletins and forward them in emails to anyone that you think might want to see this film. we apologize in advance if you receive repeat bulletins but as we all know, if you dont see a bulletin the minute it is posted it can get buried in the stack, never to be seen again.

i guess that is it........ well, there is 1 more thing....... as we go along in this process we are trying to get the film into as many theaters as possible but sometimes theater owners are hesitant. if you would like to see this film please HARRASS your local art house theater and tell them to contact ABSURDA---------- and we will do everything in our power to get the film to you.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the LYNCH team

Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: picolas on October 03, 2007, 06:32:13 PM
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: NEON MERCURY on October 30, 2007, 11:44:21 AM

<--------   here's my part  :yabbse-smiley:

i knowthat i wont be seeing this until the dvd release.  which sucks.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on November 30, 2007, 12:42:06 PM
I saw this as a double header, it came on right after Eraserhead was screened in 35mm.  It was really cool see David Lynch in this light, the doc is assembled in a very appropriate manner for him.  I kept hearing it was going to be way too preachy about meditation, but not really at all. 

Pretty much the best part was when he was asking for a 16 year old one legged girl, a beautiful Eurasian, a monkey, etc.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on January 17, 2008, 12:43:35 PM
So. Cal residents:

LYNCH (One), Eraserhead, and Lynch Short Films at LACMA this Friday and Saturday

Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: SiliasRuby on January 17, 2008, 01:04:34 PM
Fuck ya, I'll be saturday...if nothing else comes up.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on May 05, 2008, 11:15:30 AM
LYNCH (one) and (two) Available on Netflix on Demand
Can't wait until August to see LYNCH (one) on DVD? Well, it's now available to view on demand at Netflix.com.

Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on July 03, 2008, 10:48:48 AM

LYNCH (one) Available on August 26th, 2008

Below are the specs per Ryko Distribution:

LYNCH (one)
A film that gives you a rare glimpse into the fascinating mind of the man who created such visionary classics as Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, The Elephant Man and more! Compiled from over two years of footage, the film is an intimate portrait of Lynch's creative process as he completes his latest film, INLAND EMPIRE. We are with him as he discovers the beauty in ideas, leading us on a journey through the abstract which ultimately unveils his cinematic vision.


- Lodz photo montage
- floor sander story
- david does more work
- blue green vignette
- "What's Myspace?" vignette
- LYNCH trailer
- LYNCH2 trailer
- LYNCHthree trailer
- 11 minute trailer 2004
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: MacGuffin on September 21, 2008, 09:15:57 PM
I don't think I really learned anything new about Lynch than before. That is to say, this doc didn't exactly work. It tries to be Lynchian in it's editing and transitions, and comes off as film students trying to look like a Lynch doc if Lynch had directed it himself. If it had been a straight forward doc, it would have been more successful. Because the subject himself is fascinating. Just point the camera at him and roll. Lynch is just a natural storyteller, and just listening to him tell an ancedote (the horse killing, for example) or watching him work on a painting or a piece of furniture, is all you need instead of fancy techniques. The excerpt on the INLAND EMPIRE DVD is what should have been the model for this feature length doc.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: mogwai on September 21, 2008, 09:31:55 PM
um, horse killing?
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: SiliasRuby on September 21, 2008, 09:32:11 PM
so don't purchase it?
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: SiliasRuby on March 02, 2009, 05:52:45 PM
I feel the same as Mac, as I saw it today. I feel like I already knew some of the stuff and part of me really wanted to keep the mystique about Lynch. I got very angry actually that the filmmakers were trying to mimic David's style and it didn't really  work. It really should have been shot strait-forward, like Errol Morris or Albert Maysles would have done it. It was very cool to see some of his photographs and his process of working. But overall, not something I would buy.
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: Sleepless on July 12, 2010, 10:13:10 AM
Technically this relates to Lynch Three: (From independent.co.uk)

Too Hollyweird for Hollywood? David Lynch asks fans to help fund his movies

By Arifa Akbar, Arts Correspondent

There used to be a time when a filmmaker had a clever idea, took it to a Hollywood studio executive and, by the end of a long lunch, had secured enough money to make their next movie.

For lesser known film directors, this process involved a few more begging bowls being taken to a few more financiers and subsidising bodies. But still it usually worked.

But now in the credit crunched climate of tightened belts and attenuated film funds, film-makers are turning to a new model: "crowd funding".

This involves the cinema-going public being invited to show their support for film-makers by giving to online appeals, in return for film mementos or even a credit at the end of their chosen film.

The latest high profile director to sign up to this method is David Lynch, famed for such cult films as Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive. Lynch, who was a trained artist before he turned to making films, has produced a self-portrait which any fan who is willing to donate $50 (£33) to a documentary about his life and work, will be sent as a gift.

Jon Nguyen, the producer for the film, Lynch Three, said he wanted to "give something back" to the fans who were being asked to donate money.

"A film can take a long time to finance so we had this crowd-funding idea. We went to David Lynch for his seal of approval and he was up for it. He ended up making an abstract self-portrait and we're going to give an original print of it to anyone who chooses to donate $50 towards the film, or a T-shirt featuring the print. We hope to raise part of the money in this way," he said.

The film will form the third documentary in a trilogy following Lynch's career and the making of his 2006 psychological thriller, Inland Empire, starring Laura Dern and Jeremy Irons.

As well as receiving the print, the online donators will have the chance to influence the content of the film, including the questions they would like documentary-makers to put to Lynch about his life and work.

"Not only are we looking for financial support, but we're also very interested in connecting with his fans for feedback and input. There are so many questions that we would like to ask David and building a network of his fans enables us to reach out to them and hear what his fans would like to ask him if they could hold the camera," added Nguyen.

Meanwhile, at a time when film financing is facing increasing budgetary constraints, even the most powerful directors are harnessing the power of the web to attract investment (financial or artistic) for their latest projects.

Ridley Scott, the director of Robin Hood – which opened the Cannes Film Festival this year – is producing a film that asks people to upload videos of themselves on to YouTube, which will in turn, form the basis of a documentary to be premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

A growing crop of websites offer anyone willing to donate money to film projects an "executive producer" credit at the end of the film. One example is the collective effort in fundraising for the big-budget Spanish film, The Cosmonaut, a sci-fi movie that used online crowd-funding methods.

Rob Fletcher, a British film producer who is in the process of making a documentary called Driven, is employing a "people powered" form of funding. The film focuses on a couple who first fall in love in the 1950s, travel around the world in a black taxi cab and have a son, only to separate and reunite decades later. The film focuses on an eccentric 2,500-mile trip that the man, now in his 80s, makes with his estranged son. Fletcher said his production team was offering film credits for donations received in the shape of miles, so for $25 (or one mile), donors are given a film credit; for $100, they are given a credit and a T-shirt.

"Documentary films always struggle to find financing from the usual sources and this economy is making it even more challenging for us.... The normal paradigm of distribution is not working so producers are having to think of other ways," said Fletcher.

In 2008, the film Faintheart, partly funded by Vertigo Films and Film4, was hailed as the first to make use of online imput by selecting several cast and crew members from the web.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to www.lynchthree.com
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: cronopio 2 on July 23, 2010, 09:31:18 AM
like Graham Linehan said on Twitter "after 'Inland Empire', I want script approval"
Title: Re: Lynch One
Post by: Reinhold on July 27, 2010, 09:21:58 AM

Too Hollyweird for Hollywood? David Lynch asks fans to help fund his movies

By Arifa Akbar, Arts Correspondent

Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to www.lynchthree.com

the splash page says that lynch isn't actually asking for money from people