David Lynch in “Curtain’s Up”, from Stella McCartney


curtains up cinema is a language it can say things big abstract things and I love that about it some people are poets and have a beautiful way of saying things with words but cinema is its own language and so you can express a feeling and a thought that can’t be conveyed any other way it’s a magical medium [Music] for me it’s so beautiful to think about these pictures and sounds flowing together in time and in sequence making something that can be done only through cinema it’s so magical I don’t know why to go into a theater and have the lights go down it’s very quiet and then the curtains start to open and you go into a world [Music] although the frames of a film are always the same the same number in the same sequence and with the same sounds every screening is different there’s a circle that goes from the audience to the film and back each person is looking and thinking and feeling and coming up with their own sense of things I like a story that holds abstraction and that’s what cinema can do I was a painter I painted and I went to art school I had no interest in film one day I was sitting in a big studio room and I had a painting going which was of a garden at night it had a lot of black with green plants emerging out of the darkness all of a sudden these plants started to move and I heard a wind I thought oh how fantastic this is and I began to wonder if film could be a way to make paintings move an idea is a thought it’s a thought that holds more than you think it does when you receive it but in that first moment there is a spark desire for an idea is like bait you bait your hook and then you wait the desire is the bait that pulls those fish in those ideas little fish swim on the surface but the big ones swim down below if you can expand the container you’re fishing in your consciousness you can catch bigger fish when I started meditating I was filled with anxieties and fears I felt a sense of depression and anger anger and depression and sorrow are beautiful things in a story but they’re like poison to the filmmaker or artist you must have clarity to create you have to be able to catch ideas [Music] life is filled with abstraction and the only way we make heads or tails of it is through intuition intuition is seeing the solution it’s emotion and intellect going together personally I think intuition can be sharpened and expanded through meditation diving into the self there’s an ocean of consciousness inside each of us in it’s an ocean of solutions when you dive into that ocean that consciousness you enliven it it grows and the final outcome of this growth of consciousness is called enlightenment which is the full potential for us all [Music] [Music] [Music] there are many many dark things flowing around in this world now and most films reflect the world in which we live in stories in the worlds that we go into their suffering confusion darkness tension and anger but the filmmaker doesn’t have to be suffering to show suffering negativity is like darkness you turn on the light and darkness goes we’re like lightbulbs if bliss starts growing inside you it’s like a light you enjoy that light inside and if you ramp it up brighter and brighter you enjoy more and more of it and that light will extend out farther and farther [Music] maybe enlightenment is far away but it said that when you walk toward the light with every step things get brighter every day for me gets better and better and I believe that enlivening unity in the world will bring peace on earth so I say peace to all of you [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music]

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