David Lynch speaks of ideas like fish and touches upon the process of filmmaking, from the script to the screen. He makes an important claim for the filmmaker to absorb, that the screenplay, even if “written not that well,” can become cinematic…You need to simply stay true to the ideas the words convey in the translation to cinema.
When you get one fish, that first fish that you fall in love with, you’re really rolling. Even if it’s just a fragment of the whole. That fish is even more bait, and it will pull in other fish, and you write all these things down, and a script is forming. And sometimes you don’t understand the ideas. You don’t really know what kind of fish you caught, but you examine the fish. You think about it, and a meaning comes. And the meaning comes, and it’s almost more bait, and more fish swim in, and pretty soon there you have your script, your final script. Words. It’s not the film, and it may not be written that well, but you write them, words, in a way that when you read them later, the idea will come back completely in your mind. You need to stay true to those ideas in the translation to cinema…There’s billions of ideas. Just got to catch them.
I like to make films because I like to go into another world. I like to get lost in another world. And film to me is a magical medium that makes you dream…allows you to dream in the dark. It’s just a fantastic thing, to get lost inside the world of film.