Chapter 14 of 19 from Spike Lee

Opening Title Sequences

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Analyzing opening title sequences from Mo’ Better Blues, 25th Hour, and BlacKkKlansman, Spike teaches the art of establishing tone in the first few minutes of your film.

Topics include: Score and Style: Mo’ Better Blues • Setting the Vibe: 25th Hour • Period Made Contemporary: BlacKkKlansman

Analyzing opening title sequences from Mo’ Better Blues, 25th Hour, and BlacKkKlansman, Spike teaches the art of establishing tone in the first few minutes of your film.

Topics include: Score and Style: Mo’ Better Blues • Setting the Vibe: 25th Hour • Period Made Contemporary: BlacKkKlansman

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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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Spike is awesome. He tells it like it is, no sugarcoating. He gets into the nuts and bolts of filmmaking and his enthusiasm for his craft comes shining through!

Some great practical advice on the actual process of what it takes to make an independent film, as well as thoughtful insights on the reason philosophy of filmmaking, and why it is important in our culture.

It helped me to be more open and self confident about what i do.

Being able to hang out with Spike Lee for a few hours was cool. Ron Howard's class was fascinating and taught me a lot about being a director, but Lee's was more from a cultural angle, which I appreciated. It made me reconsider art as an agent of social change and my place in that.

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Michael O.

Focusing on title sequence is not something I've put much energy, thought into. Spike makes a clear and urgent case here, the first impression is so important. Actually makes sense to integrate opening title in the story building process. This is a revelation. Thank you.

Bob Z.

I’ve always liked a good title opening. So many movies show the credits after the movie, when people are leaving. Are the studios just cheap? No imagination like a lot of the movies that are being made? Thanks Spike

Eduardo

I've already said it in another lesson, but I need to repeat it: the passion and enthusiasm with which Spike Lee talks about cinema and his work is amazing. Great lesson. Great Masterclass.

Tino T.

I like what Shelton (Spike Lee) said, about Opening Title Sequences.. I am so against without opening Title Sequences, its what we see today a lot, the movie already begins without a real introduction. I am also a Post Credits Sequence fan :)

A fellow student

The Mo Better opening scene is probably my favorite of all time. Thanks Spike!

Franke

Fabulous. Loved hearing Spike analyze and expand on the opening title sequence.

Jaime F.

Thank you for explaining how to get the audience into the right frame of mind right from the start with the opening title credit sequence!

Moussa M.

Imagination ,planning ,and determination .It look easy , but it is hard work .Thanks Spike .

Larree

So glad you mentioned those early James Bond films. My dad took me to see You Only Live Twice in the theater when I was 10. I learned the importance of the opening title sequence that day!

Monya W.

Thank you for explaining the importance of Opening Title Sequence and beauty of how you captured it.