The Perfect Shots of ‘Mulholland Drive’

Exploring the cinematography of David Lynch’s masterpiece.

Mulholland Drive Shots

Exploring the cinematography of David Lynch’s masterpiece.

In honor of Twin Peaks’ return this week, we thought we’d delve into the weird world of director David Lynch for the latest episode of Shot by Shot, the official cinematography podcast of One Perfect Shot and Film School Rejects, hosted by yours truly and OPS founder Geoff Todd.

Mulholland Drive was shot by DP Peter Deming, who is also the cinematographer behind Lynch’s Lost Highway as well as all 18 episodes of the new season of Twin Peaks. This makes him the visual architect of the latter part of Lynch’s career, a period characterized by darkness, strobing neon, garish images and distorted perceptions, and of which Mulholland Drive is the crowning achievement (to-date).

If this is your first listen to our show, the format’s simple: each week Geoff and I each pick a few shots from a certain film and discuss their effect and significance. Check out our previous episodes:

Next week we’re talking about Steven Spielberg’s iconic classic Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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And a gallery of the shots featured in this week’s discussion.

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