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David Lynch Talks Digital Transition & Elusiveness of Filmmaking: 'She Is the Idea. You Are in Love.'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 30, 2012 at 1:11PM

After receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from the 20th Plus Camerimage cinematography festival in Poland, David Lynch sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to talk about the ups and downs of the digital transition...
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David Lynch
David Lynch

After receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from the 20th Plus Camerimage cinematography festival in Poland, David Lynch sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to talk about the ups and downs of the digital transition, the possibility of making another feature film, the new friend of the indie filmmaker and more. Highlights below.

On seeing film clips from his life's work:

"First of all, I think I’ve gotten some lifetime-achievement awards before. But I thought it would be something I’d be kind of separated from. I don’t know what happened, but I was overwhelmed with emotion. I couldn’t believe that I’d done it; it was pretty impressive, really."

On the digital transition:

"It will not cause any problems. What it will do is let people express ideas that they love, whereas before they could not afford to express these ideas. Now they can. The problem is, there are no more art houses left, really. There are just blockbuster theaters for the sole purpose of making money. The Internet is the friend of the independent filmmaker now."

On the need to fall in love with an idea before making another feature film or TV series:

"I have no problem getting financing. I have a problem catching ideas that I fall in love with for the next feature. I think part of the reason ideas haven’t come in is that the world of cinema is changing so drastically, and in a weird way, feature films I think have become cheap… I’ll tell you. I’m walking down the street. There are people in the street. There is someone you fancy. And you turn a corner. And there she is. No two ways about it. She is the idea. You are in love. And she is the story."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.