Welcome to World of David Lynch, an HTML immersive project devoted to filmmaker David Lynch ! Should you wonder what this site is about, or should you meet immediate problem, this page should help. Here are the most common issues :

What is the point of this site ?
Where am I and where can I go ?
What are the best general conditions to browse your site ?
Sometimes nothing happens and there's no way out ?!
Who are you, do you have any contact with David Lynch ?

Enjoy your visit !

What is the point of this site ?

The goal of this site is to build a virtual world out of several different creations by David Lynch that share some very strong elements. Indeed, there are in all the films I've chosen to include here (namely, "Eraserhead", "Lost Highway", "Blue Velvet", "Twin Peaks", "Fire Walk with Me" and "Mulholland Drive") characters, stories, places and a general mood that, I feel, belong to the same consistency.

The idea is to recreate the specific world from which David Lynch takes his visions and ideas, and enable you to visit it. To that end, this site was greatly inspired by the similarities between the HTML link structure and the famous interactive children's books, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books.

Unlike in those books or in an adventure video game, however, there is no actual purpose to your wandering. The pleasure of experiencing an immersion into David Lynch's world, admiring his visual composition, his special dream-like atmosphere, his strange or moving characters, is the key to enjoy this site.

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Where am I and where can I go ?

You are here, at the very start of the site (bookmark it if you want to, you won't be able to come back otherwise), and you can go three ways from here :

1) This "help" section, of course, presenting the general features of the site and (obviously) helping you with important browser settings and troubleshooting.

2) The main "journey" section on the left, that will lead you to David Lynch's universe. You will see Fred and Renee Madison there, watching a videotape. Move the mouse pointer to the TV screen and it will come to life, introducing you to a specific area. You'll then be able to click it and enter the scene it plays. If you don't like the scene (it's randomly chosen), use the TV buttons below to select the next or previous scene. Then, you'll be in.

3) My home site Batbad on the right, which hosts this web site and used to fully include it. The two aren't directly related now because of a technology gap : Batbad is compatible with phones and tablets whereas World of David Lynch stands on old HTML technology and standards, as detailed below.

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What are the best general conditions to browse your site ?

The first version of World of David Lynch has been created a long time ago, in 1998. It of course has been updated a lot since and has last been improved in 2011, but conceptually, the site is still rooted in the early 21th century philosophy of web design, long before social networks, smartphones, tablets and CSS changed the Internet to what it is today.

So... this site uses popups a lot (disable your popup manager, there's no advertisement anywhere in lynch.batbad.com), frames, Javascript (for random elements and JPEG animation), Flash, and Flash/Javascript interaction. All those elements are vital for the site to work, and are pretty much things that aren't used in web design now, explaining why phones and tablets, as far as I know, can't run the site.

To make the site run as it should, it's therefore better to use a home computer running a compatible web browser such as my personal favourite, Firefox. Flash should be installed, Javascript enabled, popups allowed, and sound settings put high enough so you can hear the music and effects used in the web site.

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Sometimes nothing happens and there's no way out ?!

Three possibilities here : check your connection status or the browser status bar to see if everything has been downloaded yet. If the browser is still loading HTML, images or sounds, the navigation may be paused - just wait. The same solution applies if there are dialogues or special events (remember, Lynch likes slow shots, so my site has slow moments as well).

Another common situation may be that you just haven't noticed the right way out. Like in an adventure game, try to explore the image and look for something to click on. And finally, remember that going in circles isn't really being stuck, something will end up happening eventually.

The last possibility might be, well, an incompatibility with your system. As explained in the above section, this site stands on a web design philosophy that goes back to the beginning of the century, and it therefore doesn't work correctly, for example, on smartphones or tablets. Among other things, Flash has to be installed for the site to work.

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Who are you, do you have any contact with David Lynch ?

No, I don't know David Lynch, nor any of his friends.

I'm just a web designer who had, at a moment in his life, a lot of time on his hands and a lot of admiration for David Lynch and some of his work. I created this project out of the desire to build a persistent, interactive and consistent web world with some of his creations, which, I believe, share some very strong elements one with another. I think it's beautiful.

If you read French and you're interested, you can visit my blog on blogspot, but be warned that it's focused on video games :

I hope you enjoy the site.

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