Film & TV
Lesson time 04:20 min
Meet your new instructor, writer/director/producer/professor—Spike Lee. Spike explains what he hopes you’ll gain from his class: the tools of film grammar—or visual storytelling—and the DIY spirit to make your own original, independent films.
Topics include: Introduction
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.
Spike Lee may be the greatest indie filmmaker of all time, but more importantly, he speaks truth.
I have learned a huge amount of information, a key thing being you have to be a dedicated fanatic to have any chance of making it. Like Spike Lee says "This shit ain't easy"
Spike has reminded me that there's no pie in the sky.. start with basic shots, don't get too fancy at first, but also, have something to say.
This class gave me new insight into the mind of a film director. Spike Lee is one of the legends in the game, getting an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from a legend of his caliber was an honor and a privilege. Thank you so much.