Chapter 13 of 19 from Spike Lee

Collaborating and Improvising with Actors

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Spike believes that a good director both commands and surrenders to the moment. Using scenes from He Got Game and School Daze, he shares tips on how to harness improvisational moments and adjust to story changes on-the-fly.

Topics include: Adapting to Script Changes: He Got Game • Improv • Creating Real Life Situations

Spike believes that a good director both commands and surrenders to the moment. Using scenes from He Got Game and School Daze, he shares tips on how to harness improvisational moments and adjust to story changes on-the-fly.

Topics include: Adapting to Script Changes: He Got Game • Improv • Creating Real Life Situations

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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 class, the visionary behind Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and BlacKkKlansman lets you in on his uncompromising approach to filmmaking. Learn about writing, self-producing, working with actors, and making movies that break down barriers.

Spike Lee opens the doors of his Brooklyn office to teach filmmaking through scripts and storyboards from some of his greatest films.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps, assignments, and supplemental material.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Spike will answer select student questions.

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

Thank you! What a wonderful and intimate look into film making!

It has inspired me a lot!!! Congrats to Spike and his outstanding advices and speech about cinema and life!!! thank you man!

Spike lee teaches you how to set goals in a realistic way and how to achieve them. Thank you spike

I learned a bit about Spike's thought process.

Comments

Michael O.

Once again, the trickster supreme got game. The glee with which he creates scenarios on and off set is infectious, exciting, successful. Wise.

Tino T.

Let me tell you, working with well known and professional Actors its much more easier than people may think. The Worst collaborating are often with "just out of the academies actors" (same goes for the Filmstaff)... But i know, that there are some egocentric actors too who are very famous. But normally, their professionalism let them act humble during a shooting day, and dont drain energy from you :p or question every move you do, and also can improve you telling you some point of views from their experiences!

Hubert G.

Holy Jesus! This is awesome! I now have total confidence that my film will be a success.

Janet L.

Spike Lee writes out his scripts, no computer or software programs. I wonder how many drafts of each script? It must be hard to edit/revise, but it seems to work for him.

A fellow student

I find it amazing that Spike was able to crank out a draft of He Got Game in one day. That's dedication. Wish I could do that.

Kathy

Brilliant. Ability to understand when outsiders go to a strange town, they will cluster together to protect each other. But they would have been useless to your film in the fight scenes, because there would not have been the level for the antagonistic attitudes required. By having them live in real life their character's plight, you revealed their true gut feelings.