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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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Make films with an impact

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 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.



I am so excited to begin learning from this Master Mind! And Prof. Spike's encouragement to "Use your tools to comment on what's happening in the world" already has me moving my pen! Also the production of the intro was excellent.

JD Mayo

Great music to fit with your pacing of the intro. I love your casual look of your clothing you have on in this. Being true to your self.

Mike E.

I'm loving the montage that was used in the intro; all classics! Spike is one of the greatest at telling stories.

Anita O.

Great intro...I'm excited. I'm a writer for film, why not learn everything

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.