Chapter 12 of 19 from Spike Lee

Directing Actors

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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

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

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.

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

Filmmaking is more about passion than education. Spike generously makes this clear.

So amazing to see the process of this master storyteller from start to finish. Thank you Mr. Lee!

I'd say this is the best MasterClass - easy to absorb, exciting and fun. Spike Lee has such integrity and understands the psychology of film making. It makes you want to be a better person. There were no dull bits. I could've listened to double as many classes by him. My fandom got renewed a big time. He's just a great person!

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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.