Film & TV


Spike Lee

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.

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 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.

Spike gave a lot of insight HELPFULL insight, a lot of questions I had where answered pluss extra. Sorry if my grammar is not A1 because I am from Norway but I love it.

Spike Lee's Masterclass is amazing. A journey of hills and valleys about filmmaking. I've tried to give up this craft but the craft chose me and I love it more than I hate it. This class showed me the value in the struggles along with the value in knowing why we do what we do.

He showed me what I already knew; that you have to bust your butt to get it done. That it's hard work. Which again I already knew full well, but it was just refreshing to hear him say it.

I learned so much from Spike! I didn't know much about the industry and what to expect and he gave me so much information about it and what it's like to make a film.


Chava G.

Being a Queen from the County of Kings, I totally respect Spike Lee as a Mogul, Magistrate and Master Teacher! Thank SL, Still The King After All These Years!

Terrence E.

Filmmakers in Los Angeles or New York. Add me on Instagram. - TerrenceTEdwards - Let's connect.

Kelvin R.

I’m really looking forward to this Master Class. No other person in the industry writes and directs what he knows better than Mr. Lee.

Toy J.

I can already tell that this is goin to be the most awesome class that I have taken in my entire life! Thank you Spike Lee!

Cliniquka M.

I am very excited for this class. I respect Spike Lee so much, and I know I am going to learn so much from this class that I will use my entire career!

Dex D.

Finally, someone who says they aren't going to teach film theory. This is what I've been looking for here on MC. Bring it, Spike.

Ricardo S.

A 4'20'' video introduction can't go wrong. A Spike Lee joint, ladies and gentlemen. :)

Niesha Lanaé G.

Dope intro. I love the decor of his office. I love his jewelry. I love his clothing. I LOVE SPIKE LEE!!!

Anthony Lee M.

being waiting for this to go live and just saw it was today and here i am.. ready to roll! cannot wait to soak up the love!

Michael O.

This is just what the Doc ordered today, because I'm in funk. Brilliant intro bro!