From Spike Lee's MasterClass


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.

Topics include: Closing


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.

Topics include: Closing

Spike Lee

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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.

Spike has reminded me that there's no pie in the sky.. start with basic shots, don't get too fancy at first, but also, have something to say.

Notecards from this point on will be KEY to organizing my thoughts and will be beneficial for doing research prior to writing. I met Spike Lee briefly in downtown Charlotte last Sunday and told him I'm looking forward to taking his Masterclass. It was certainly worth it. The importance of organization and sincerity was heavily emphasized. This was an extraordinary class.

The only way for cinema to continue to grow as an art form is for the masters to share their experiences, failures and lessons with the next generation and for the next gen to then add their own take on the medium. Classes like this are so vital and I feel so lucky to be alive in this age where courses like Masterclass are available

This MasterClass is like a story telling session. Hooked me from the word go and kept me present till the end. Concise, packed full of information that one can immediately apply. This is a true #goto class. Mr Lee is a generous teacher. Thank you :)


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.

Marco R.

Spike, I've always been a fan of your films. When I saw it Do the right thing for the first time, it was revolutionary in the way I saw cinema. I'm Brazilian and you have no idea how amazing it was and it's still watching everyone. Congratulations.

Marcel S.

Thank You so much for this class Mr. Lee, I did about 2hrs a day watching and rewatching the lessons, I would review the workbook as a reference point before and after each lesson. I'm so grateful to you man, thesis lessons were not only informative but encouraging.

Anthony N.

Big plans in film. Love the idea I can learn from prominent figures in my industry.

Jim C.

Good closing words. As its been said, Hollywood is an industry designed to keep you out. Patience, confidence, thick skin, integrity, and keen networking skills will go a long way. Good luck, everyone.

Jason G.

It’s Spike Lee teaching you the ins and outs of independent filmmaking. He talks straight and makes sense. It definitely inspired me.

A fellow student

One of the best classes I have sat in on. thank you for sharing your life's testimony with us Spike!