David Lynch on Re-Mastering the Inland Empire

Suffice it to say that interviewing David Lynch is really a beluga to you, not to mention the movie scene as a publishing entity. But let’s not get emotional. This conversation is happening on the occasion of Janus Films’ 4K remastering Inland Empire, which began its national rollout at IFC in New York followed by (one might guess) a home video release of Criterion. While I’m glad to see this movie re-enter Lynch’s esteem, this recast was a slightly troubling prospect for anyone who loves InsideUnique precision and texture: see above the details from How do One converts circa 2000 Sony camcorder footage to 4K, well some think they know some things about saving etc until…

Lynch’s time is limited to 10 minutes, and I’ll piss off Nikki Grace’s husband before I ask a question that doesn’t use that precious period to her full advantage – accordingly, what follows is an attempt to balance purely technical inquiries with some opinions on Inland EmpireIts place is in a wide range.

Film Stage: Are you in a woodworking studio?

David Lynch: I’m in the workshop, yes.

It looks great.

[Laughs] Yeah. It’s a great place, yeah.

Were you working on anything today?

I work on a lamp. I work on a lamp that is mostly metal. My friend Alfredo does the metal work on my design; Then I do the woodworking part. I’m building this, you know – can you see that? and see? It is hollow on the inside. If you look closely, you will see a small place for the biscuit indentations, and on this side they are the same, this will join together to form a 90 degree angle. It’s hollow because it will have electrical wires inside. I assemble these things together that will go into the metal part. So it’s part wood, part metal, and part resin, and that’s the resin part here. This is the back, the lamp will be here. And then you’ll see this in the introduction.

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This is so beautiful. I love that.


I’ll probably be talking to you about woodworking all day, especially because I have to go through it more. It could potentially be a valuable addition to my life.

exactly. There is nothing quite like it!

How many days do you work in the studio?

The whole day. These days it’s all sculpting and drawing, you know, some… some cinematic work. Color correction and proper work. But mostly it is about painting and sculpting.

I have some questions about Inland Empire-If you want to talk about it.

absolutely yes! nice my friend.

I saw Inside At IFC on Friday. Of course I’ve seen it many times before and this is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done across any medium. The color and texture of the Sony PD150, the soundtrack – they are all very captivating. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about a remastered, because what if something is lost in this transition to 4K? You had a number of options for the systems used, and you obviously chose something precise for the image. But did you also see this as an opportunity, figuratively speaking, to add a splash of color, and paint with a new brush?

The restoration was…a kind of magic. But All the stuff There he tried to be true to the original ideas that conjured the whole thing up from the start. So since we were shooting with the Sony PD150, it was low resolution, then updated with that day’s technology, and now things have progressed – we’ve got something AI going with algorithms, or whatever they use – and lo and behold: you’ve seen this now.. . Depth at. Beauty at. deeper colors. More focus. Richer appearance. she was miracle. she was very beautiful. Then in the audio, these new techniques to clean up the dialogue. These two things were used in this restoration. So it’s a file Much better Inland Empire Because of this modern technology, but it same in another way. Same ideas and honesty with the same ideas.

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When you do this re-mastering, you have to spend a lot of time re-watching and listening. I remember an interview in which someone asked if working in one medium prevented the development of another, and I said that one thing always nourishes another. Of course you always talk about hunting for ideas and fishing. Do transformers feed anything? Are you picking up something unique from them?

Any thing And everything can conjure up new ideas. It just depends! What are the things that excite? we do not know. We just live our lives, and here’s something that happens and we get an idea. It was an idea and we say, “Stop, that’s a special idea.” They say ideas are ideas. So we have many ideas. But some ideas lead to cinema. Some ideas lead to the drawing. Some ideas lead to lithography. what ever. For doctors, some ideas could lead to a boom in heart transplants or something.

So these ideas exist as ideas. trillions And trillions who are they. And we’re lucky if we find one we love that leads to something we love to do – like making movies. So we’re looking for these things. Sometimes, while at work…if you’re at Telecine and you’re working in color and you’re trying to solve some problem and they’re pushing something too far and you see something–“Stop! It can conjure up an idea. See what I mean? What kind of thing, what kind of new technology can conjure up a whole series of ideas. What kind of thing. So the more you go out and deal with different things, the higher the chance of releasing new ideas.

Well, I found myself energized upon seeing this movie again. I saw it with a group of friends and we were talking about how we need to move forward with our project.

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good for you. good for you.

It won’t be so Inland Empire Because there is nothing.

But nothing like anything else! So it will be your thing. And that would be her thing. This is correct.

The musical scene in the theater was very special. I’m usually chained up as a viewer, but the ending credit, with “Sinnerman” after three hours of nightmare and agony, had me swinging in my seat, drumming. I saw for the first time Inside in 2009 and “Ghost of Love” has been playing somewhere in my head ever since.

[Laughs] That’s great man. I remember doing “Ghost of Love” with Dean. Look, the thing is, there’s a whole other thing: I never call myself a musician. I play the guitar but I play it differently. It can conjure some musical things, and ideas come out of it.

All life is like this Lovely. It’s just, like, you go in here and get some ideas; You go there and get more. You go to this restaurant and you get this wonderful thing. You go to this restaurant and they got it. It’s great!

I once asked you a question about music on Camerimage; You called yourself a “non-musician”. But I think it’s great.

[Laughs] bless your heart.

Our time is up, but thanks for everything. It is not for nothing that I practice TM because of you.

How long have you meditated with TM?

six years.

Wow, Nick. This is beautiful dude. Well, you know, keep up the good work. Good luck catching ideas. Thanks for posting the news Inland Empire back. And let’s hope for the best in the world.

Inland Empire Now playing in New York IFC Center.

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