From Spike Lee's MasterClass

Directing Actors

How can you inspire the best performance from your actor? Spike teaches his techniques for directing your actors with sensitivity and respect, including how to communicate and establish trust.

Topics include: Establish Trust and Respect • Get Their Best Performance • Give Them Enough Takes Read-Throughs and Rehearsals • Bonding With Your Cast

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How can you inspire the best performance from your actor? Spike teaches his techniques for directing your actors with sensitivity and respect, including how to communicate and establish trust.

Topics include: Establish Trust and Respect • Get Their Best Performance • Give Them Enough Takes Read-Throughs and Rehearsals • Bonding With Your Cast

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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.

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

The essentials of how to make films: Being true to a story and telling it well. And working your butt off to make it happen.

The class helped to understand different aspects of film making. His experiences are amazing. The fact that he showed some clips in order to help us understand was one the best point of this class.

I absolutely loved it!!! Everything about it. Spike's teaching style, his curriculum, video clips...all of it!!! Thank you very much Spike for sharing

Watching Spike Lee's brilliant MasterClass is like watching a well-made documentary. Not only do you benefit from the wisdom of a genius filmmaker, you get to know Spike Lee the man. Spike is effortlessly his unadorned self throughout, and his earnest desire to pass on his knowledge and experience to others is emotionally compelling. Boffo. Thank you, Spike.

Comments

Sophia E.

Finding interns and young crews helps as well. With a little training, they are great for running a set.

Saba

For every film I have directed, we've done table reads and we always changed things in the script. Some characters got bigger because of what the actor brought, Some scenes were cut completely and in the end it makes it a better movie.

Tino T.

HAHAHAHAHAHA.... In my first years i was always angry hahahaha and yes, i not only loose actors, also staff lol I always loved rehearse but I also know that sometimes, fresh confrontation gives more edge, and so actors arent stuck in their already known part. I also need to leave the actors so they can build their own characters. I only give them my idea. it was hard to let go, but on the end it is the better way :)

Gonzalo G.

Rehearse and you'll find that your script comes alive, dialogues improved and some interesting ideas will be brought in by those who make the movie come alive: the actors.

R.G. R.

Seem likes common sense, but in this business, it isn't. Respect and the way one says something can make a fundamental difference in how things fall in place. A great lesson because it is from a director who walks the walk and has proven it.

A fellow student

Nine times out of 10, actors will receive no feedback of any kind on the set and he shouldn't expect it. But if you're sucking hard, you'll hear all about it and it's crushing.

Gwendolyn C.

Can't you see this whole situation was handled wrong, I spoke you read the last version.

Larree

Probably the best lesson yet. I like the analogy to coaching sports. Just like a bandleader, too.

Lois B.

I was part of a writers group that brought pages and did table reads each week. So important. Then took an actors class where I had the opportunity to hear actors perform a few pages of what I wrote. An amazing and so valuable experience.

Joseph S.

One of my reference segments, and key for people mgt with a challenging group like actors who can be difficult.