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Spike Lee

Lesson time 03:18 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.

Perfect insight of what it takes as an independent filmmaker. The Ron Howard is how to direct, but this one is how to balance the job of Filmmaking. This was a spike lee joint for sure! Thank you!

I was never going to take this class until I stumbled upon it's trailer! It intrigued me and things only went uphill from there! Mr. Spike Lee is an institution of inspiration and knowledge. Simply put, this was one the best film making class I've found on the mighty internet.

Spike provides the blue print for anyone to tell a story whether as a film or documentary. Great foundation for thought. Especially stressing the research and white cards that he starts with to build a story.

how to work with editors, composers, DPs, actors...


Do the Right Thing was my first taste of Spike Lee's masterful work. It woke me up from a deep hypnosis. I even by chance met Spike in Banff, Canada at a woman in the directors chair workshop, where he came to talk and share some of his experience in filmmaking to the group. Class act all the way. After watching this I am left in awe and gratitude. How generous can a man be? Spike goes beyond. Very insightful, especially the way he starts his films using 5x7 cue cards. Thank you for sharing your Wisdom Spike if you read this. By the way may mom in here 83rd year says the same thing about her outrageously beautiful garden sanctuary, 'It takes hard work, determination, attention, care, experience and compassion.' Well said and thank you again. I am working on a doc of sorts, a visual legacy of my mom's garden while I care for them during these crazy times. This gives me that little jam to keep at it and truly the timing is astonishing. Mahalo from the Haltmans

A fellow student

What an astonishingly powerful class by one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time. I got tears in my eyes as it was finishing, I didn't want it to end!

Jose A.

Spike Lee's Masterclass was deeply impactful. He gave practical advice that I can use on my directing journey. I love how he gave it to us straight with no filter or code-switching, which made me relate to his lessons like how I relate to his films. I can't wait to get to work with his index cards in my back pocket. Definitely recommend this to anyone interested in making cinema or appreciating it on a higher level.

Robin F.

Amazing and inspiring to see this master filmmaker break everything down for you so simply and clearly. It's different for everyone but Spike tells you the story of his career and you know what needs to be done, how to act, and mostly how to treat people and work with others. Anyone interested in filmmaking should watch this whether they're familiar with his work or not (and if you're not, you should definitely).

Berhane N.

Spike Lee Teaches The Art Of Filmmaking, Black History, and The History of Black Cinema. It's a Great Opportunity and Pleasure To Be Taught By Him.


As a avid supporter of Mr. Lee's cinematic expression, it was a blessing to have a opportunity to hear him candidly speak of what it takes to get it done. Very impactful as well as inspiring. thank you Mr. Lee

Anna J.

Amazing. What a powerful, candid and inspiring masterclass. Thanks Spike Lee for sharing your craft and your vision, for your genius films and Masterclass for making it happen.

Mayra C.

As a black artist, Its important to listen e learn with this amazing black artist. Makes me think is possible to do this s--t, as Spike would say lol. thanks!

Charlene R.

Thank you for sharing your journey! Your passion says it all. The information you shared was absorbed into my soul to be regenerated in every film I am blessed to be a part of!!

Richard C.

Spike Lee let us into his head. He not only gave us the "how" he has done what he has done, but also the "why". I haven't seen even half of Spike's films, but now I'm eager to check out the ones I haven't seen. It will be interesting to watch them after having taken this class. I have no intention of making movies, but I do like to tell stories. I also hope to do some YouTube stuff someday.