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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.

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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

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 class, the visionary behind Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, and BlacKkKlansman lets you in on his uncompromising approach to filmmaking. Learn about writing, self-producing, working with actors, and making movies that break down barriers.

Spike Lee opens the doors of his Brooklyn office to teach filmmaking through scripts and storyboards from some of his greatest films.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps, assignments, and supplemental material.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Spike will answer select student questions.

Reviews

4.7
Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Love this class. I learned so much about indie film making and film as an agent for positive impact and change! Feeling very inspired to go out there and try and make an impact with my own work.

MasterClass is fantastic. There is direct learning, technique, strategy, artist though, etc. And, maybe even more important is the indirect learning that comes from time spent with a master. This teaches orientation, how to be an artist, how to separate one's identity from one's art, and the freedom of expression that brings. I have taken several classes, and am grateful for them! Thank you.

I absolutely loved this class! Spike unapologetically teaches how to tell a story that makes a difference, and it's what aspiring filmmakers need to learn. we have a voice, and he teaches us how to use it. Thanks for the inspiration, Spike.

Это был очень интересный класс, который спровоцировал меня отчасти пересмотреть мою работу с актерами и анализ сцен, проработку сценария.

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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!

AIDAN S.

Spike Lee's introductory lesson is applause-worthy. And, I did--indeed--applaud it. He presents insights that do not overwhelm, and are easy to comprehend. And, one feels like he has just allowed us to share the first, succulent pieces of "candy" from the big and varied "box". Also, analogous to the "candy pieces" imagery, we--as students--desire, and anticipate MORE!