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Spike Lee

Lesson time 04:30 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.

About the Instructor

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.

Each and every lesson with Mr Lee was highly fulfilling and exceeded well beyond my expectations. I look forward to pulling from my overflow of notes and putting everything I've learned into practice! Thanks again for all you do for us Spike! Now it's time to run it back!!

Loves the passion that comes from his words. He truly lives for filmmaking

Great! Spike Lee mixed expertise with stories and examples. Also loved the humor and laughter. I'll never be a filmmaker but if I were I would be an independent one using what I learned from Mr. Lee. Karl

Spike Lee's style as a persona is jazzy. He covers ground authoritatively. He's got some indy tricks too. He knows where the treasure lies buried.



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.