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The David Lynch MFA in Film Track

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We are not currently accepting applications for this track. Below is an overview of past iterations of the Film Track and is subject to change for future entries. Email mfafilm@mum.edu for updates. 

This is the original track of the David Lynch MFA in which students conceive of and create their own individual thesis films. This track has been expanded to a three-semester format in order to give students a balance of classes and project time. It is recommended that students have a strong idea or concept of their film before they arrive in order to dive in easily to writing their scripts. The first semester focuses on screenwriting, second semester on pre-production and production, and the third semester on post-production.

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Thesis Film Classes

Science and Technology of Consciousness

Consciousness is the basis of creativity. In the first course at the university students will explore consciousness within themselves by learning to practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique, if they haven’t already done so, and will be given practical tools in understanding consciousnessthe Selfas the basis of filmmaking.

Advanced Narrative

The class will be introduced to MFA faculty and staff and given a detailed overview of the entire program. Students will then be split up into small groups and collaborate on short films. While working together, they’ll get to know their classmates’ strengths and personalities and familiarize themselves with the available equipment.

Advanced Screenwriting 1

Each student will begin developing the concept of his or her thesis project and flesh it out by creating character arcs, story outlines, and beat sheets. Students will learn how to give and get feedback on their work in class discussions lead by MFA faculty with the aim of elevating each student’s concept to its highest potential. First drafts will be due on the last day of the course.

Advanced Screenwriting 2

Students will complete and improve upon their first drafts with ongoing instruction from MFA faculty, class discussions, and script notes from faculty, staff, and classmates. Second drafts will be due on the last day of the course.

Advanced Screenwriting 3

Students will complete and improve upon their second drafts with ongoing instruction from MFA faculty, class discussions, and script notes from faculty, staff, and classmates. Third drafts will be due on the last day of the course.

Advanced Screenwriting 4

Students will spend this block polishing their existing scripts and adding the final touches with continued guidance and input from MFA faculty. Final drafts will be due on the last day of the course.

Consciousness in Filmmaking: Unleashing the Unbounded

In this Forest Academy course, students will explore the connection between consciousness and filmmaking. This will be accomplished through a series of film industry guest lecturers, creative exercises, short film analysis, and Maharishi tapes on creativity and consciousness. Included in the course is a three-day TM retreat, specifically geared towards the David Lynch MFA in Film students.

Thesis Project Production 1

Students will begin pre-production toward a major project (or several projects) with continuing advice, mentorship, and guidance from faculty who will help them get “green-lit” through the department.

Thesis Project Production 2

Students will work on a major project (or several projects) with continuing advice, mentorship, and guidance from faculty. The course structure will replicate the internal operations of a movie studio, further preparing students for their career after graduation. Thesis film projects can be narrative, documentary or experimental.

Thesis Project Production 3

Same as Thesis Film Project 1 and 2.

Thesis Film Project 4

Same as Thesis Film Project 1 and 2.

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