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Spike Lee

Lesson time 03:24 min

In his parting words, Spike reflects on what it takes to be an independent filmmaker and encourages you to take his tools and be a student of cinema.

Spike Lee
Teaches Independent Filmmaking
Academy Award–winning filmmaker Spike Lee teaches his approach to directing, writing, and producing.
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Spike Lee didn’t just direct his award-winning 1986 feature debut, She’s Gotta Have It. He was also the writer, star, truck driver, location scout, electrician, and caterer, because that’s what it took to get his film made. In his first-ever online directing class, the visionary behind Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and 25th Hour lets you in on his uncompromising approach to filmmaking. Learn about writing, self-producing, working with actors, and making movies that break barriers.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I finished Spike Lee's class empowered, encouraged, ennobled and ready to kick ass. That's a hard thing for a teacher to accomplish these days.

This was my first Master Class, I knew I wanted to start with Spike, and I found it really easy to follow the lessons. I loved the work books, It helped me digest the material. This is a great tool for artists.

This was amazing! Real experiences shared, tips and examples from feature films. The approach was fresh, unique, intelligent, creative and beautiful!

I'm so happy I could hear the journey that made Spike Lee who he is today. He's a great teacher and shares from the heart. Thank you.


Chava G.

I have to go through this systematically again and again, then let my film come to life! Not the best yet, but I am made much better by witnessing, learning and working through Master Class with the Genius - Spike Lee. Thanks a billion!

Matt H.

I loved it. "I just wanted to be your Eddie Murphy baby."(and you were like my Tyra, who is also really really funny, and has a really really dope, fly, coolest ever rap voice ever)thehottest. Yea that's what love do. Or "Na, homie don't play that shit." A Soul music lyric, and a rap lyric if need a rap lyric. Or maybe not, probably shouldn't use explicit words, 4 !!!epicJusticeNOW!! *** ! ** "You were right Pastor were right all along..." SpikeLee character, "goes into the epic/monolouge/flow, that is so heartwarming, epic and beautiful. la<3fin! "You were right Pastor King...

Deborah R.

BRAVO Mr. Spike Lee! Your Master class left no stone unturned. Independent filmmaking is tough but your commitment, courage and super human energy showed how to confront the toughness and keep it moving despite obstacles. I am forever grateful for this learning opportunity. Thanks for sharing the great film list.


This masterclass shows in-depth events that may take place when producing/directing a film in a collaborative matter. Spike Lee uses industry dialects, history, and real concepts from his journey. Watching Spike Lee speaks about the art of filmmaking forces you to see beyond just making a film. Very Inspirational!

A fellow student

Representation matters, Visibility matters, Truth matters - Spike spoke as if we had a one on one conversation & it has been very pivotal in creating some direction in my own journey! Au Esoau (give thanks & blessings)

ivis P.

Spike Lee is simply one of the best! I really learned and enjoyed his class.

Brianna T.

This is the first class I wanted to take after hearing it would be taught and I’m glad that I did. Spike you have been an inspiration for the culture and I would like to thank you for putting on and not caring about opinions of others.

Todd C.

Thank You Spike Lee for the such Valuable valid information, your tricks of the trade, and the encouragement to push through it all to completion Hook or Crook!

Eric H.

Great class Spike!! Really enjoyed your process and journey. It's great to see that you're still learning. Very inspiring stuff my man. Thanks for sharing!

Philip W.

An excellent Masterclass. Spike doesn't simply talk about the A,B, Cs of film making, but shows how passionate he is about telling stories and changing attitudes. He encourages you to push forward, find a way, not give up and stay focused on making your films. For an amateur film maker trying to take the next step, this sort of advise and encouragement is invaluable.