Film & TV
Lesson time 10:44 min
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
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.
An amazing class demonstrating both the uncanny ability and the gritty hard work, behind this amazing filmmakers! I would love a scene direction too.
Spike Lee is a Master! Not only did I learn film techniques, but the power of film for change.
This was the best class on filmmaking yet. Thanks Spike for really breaking it down for us and being an inspiration to us all.
I did not want this class with Spike to end, made my day many a time. Everything I have to say is in the superlative - so wise and so compelling on the cutting edge of indie and Black filmmaking. And let's not forget his perfect sense of humor!