Film & TV

Importance of Casting

Spike Lee

Lesson time 20:37 min

“The wrong actors, the wrong roles could turn out the wrong movie.” Spike shares his tips for successful casting and his experiences casting some of his most infamous roles.

Spike Lee
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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 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.

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

This was amazing! Real experiences shared, tips and examples from feature films. The approach was fresh, unique, intelligent, creative and beautiful!

Excellent Masterclass from Spike Lee. Inspiring, educative and funny. I hope I can incorporate what Spike said to my filmmaking. Looking forward to make my film soon. Thank you Spike. My pranams and namaskaram from India.

Short, direct, and with a touch of humor. Amazing knowledge from an amazing director.


Chava G.

Let things turn out for the better, you do the and let others even the players do the research. Let every voice be heard at least once. Works for a united, simpatico, cohesive empowering film.

Chava G.

Wow, I see the trend and the flow, stick together and stay that way! I want to work with this in the best way possible, and by any means for real!

Kenyon B.

I know this is a Spike lovefest, but does anyone else think that Laura Harrier as Patrice in Black KKKlansman was horrendous? It would have been cool for him to acknowledge some casting choices that didn't pan out.


20:29 I can't stop playing it! Then the way the guy in the blue leans back and puts is hand out. Oh, so funny.


Simpatico!! Gelling is important. 5 Stars (again, just documenting since the icon for the 5th star is the only one that won't initiate. 5 Stars + ! Thanks Spike!!

Tino T.

Sometimes, casting can be a pain in the a.. Because they Actor/Actress you want to have, dont exists :p And sometimes you must rewrite attributes to fit in the Story. And that hurts especially if you are the writer from the Story :p

R.G. R.

Regarding his idea of casting new talent--he's done it often, and it's paid off! Great advice

A fellow student

I love this dude and how he articulates his style of creativity. Appreciate all the jewels. Great Gift

A fellow student

Yeah. Casting can make it or break a film. I had the opportunity to cast unknown talent and it's wonderful when they pull a great performance.

Michael D.

Again, the way Spike teaches is succinct, practical, and real. NO bullshit. That's why this is my favorite master class.