Chapter 15 of 19 from Spike Lee

Music Is Key

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Spike shares his strategies for enhancing drama through music. Learn his advice for working with a composer, turning source into score, and using music as a counterpoint.

Topics include: Respect the Collaboration With Your Composer • Turning Source Into Score • Using Music as Counterpoint • Finding Inspired Score: He Got Game

Spike shares his strategies for enhancing drama through music. Learn his advice for working with a composer, turning source into score, and using music as a counterpoint.

Topics include: Respect the Collaboration With Your Composer • Turning Source Into Score • Using Music as Counterpoint • Finding Inspired Score: He Got Game

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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 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.

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

This was a real Masterclass from a real Master. Enjoyed a lot.

WHEWWW! SPIKE- It may be hard being the "Battering Ram" But Someone must... Thank uuuuu Loved working with u in Malcom X

I LOVE SPIKE LEE! What an insightful class with invaluable lessons and experience to learn from! THANK YOU!

Very nice course. Very personal. It would have been nice to see interaction and helping students with scripts, acting, directing, storyboarding ++

Comments

Pablo S.

Wow that counter point it´s a POWERFUL tool!! It makes adience feel "what it would be"! Thank you! Great lesson!

Mary Beth P.

I am having a harder time connecting with his style, so I don't quite understand his rationale.

Michael O.

Re: Copeland: "I hired him, he was alive!" The glee with which you, Spike, approach teaching is creating glee in me. So much fun, I don't want it to stop. But it's gotta, cause I gotta do my thing.

Tino T.

Totally agree, the SOUNDTRACK is sooo important, thats why some low buget 80s movie are still cult... because the music helps you to walk the emotional path in each scene. Of course, you should never ever oversoundtrack the movie like in "Inception" although the music was a masterpiece.. the Key from the Soundtrack is to put it in in key moments.. putting it too much, or too less is an empty or a wannabe scene/movie... although I loved inception its not so good with the overflow music. I almost do my own soundtrack when I can. (for the Short Movies not the Series) Another Thing, the type of music, you should never ever put an epic soundtrack to a short minimal scene. I always loved minimal music, or some tunes to make more beautiful the moment. Thats why some Indi Scifi Movies sucks.. because their bad edition of the movie with silly wannabe Hollywood music. There is a very smart choice of music in the Indi Movie "The Man from Earth" (2007) written by Jerome Bixby, and directed by Richard Schenkman. And the good and brillant thing here is that all the movie is filmed in one only location. And last but not least, I always loved to put a music over a music, imagine a street scene with rap music listening by a streetgang, but its a sad story the soundtrack starts to eclipse the rap music, you can see that in Menace2Society.

Kat M.

Did anyone catch that Spike's t-shirt (Boycott Sal's) is paying homage to Do The Right Thing? Another great class! I hired a composer for my short film, and it was one of the best decisions I made! We really collaborated regarding the feel and tone of each scene and character. These last two classes, really helped expand my understanding for the next project. A big shout out to Spike's Dad, who instilled in him a love for music!

R.G. R.

Watching his films, you can hear what he was thinking and the power of the genre of music he chooses for each film. Excellent feel for how certain types of music work. Powerful lesson here.

Rich L.

Anyone In Orlando , Im Down To Link Up & Put Our Creative Minds Together To Work On What We All Love. The Creative Process Os A Beautiful Thing , Spike Lee Your Class Was Amazing . Thank You For All The Knowledge.

Gwendolyn C.

At 14:17 there's a shocked or serious look and apoint now I can't seem to get the lesson to continue. That is an interesting still. LOL!

Kae R.

I wrote and co-produced a music demo in 1998 and 2000, so I had some understanding when it came to music and sound design for my short film, but going through that post-pro process, even with using original music was an eye opener and just made me have mucho respect for those that do it. Same with editing. It's meticulous and time consuming but an important part of storytelling. So Spike's candid guidance just makes that experience sink in all the more.

Loue G.

I had all the time compose the music by myself and do it for some scene ( score ) is the complete work .. i fill when i do it with my script that i have it can explain it more in scene ..this is Good Lesson Mr. Lee Thank you