chapter  12
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Experimentation and the Short Film Format

David Lynch is another good example of how an early short film he directed constructed a personal ‘surreal’ vision of the world around us. Eraserhead (1977) (Figure 12.3) was developed over a five-year period as it was re-worked from a short film to its eventual feature-length time. Lynch’s current creative feature-film

work draws from his early filmic short film roots, in particular his surreal and experimental treatment of narrative, mise en scène, and character as found in The Grandmother (1970). Lynch is one of the few filmmakers working at this ‘experimental’ level who is able to garner financial support and distribution deals from mainstream Hollywood studios.