From Spike Lee's MasterClass

Putting Words On Paper

Spike provides you with a blueprint of his writing process to help you write your script. Learn his index card technique, his disciplined writing practice, and his advice for writing with a partner.

Topics include: Capture Ideas in Notebooks • Do the Research • Organize With Index Cards • Set Daily Writing Goals • Respect Your Dedicated Writing Time • Get Feedback • Research for BlacKkKlansman • Working With a Writing Partner

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Spike provides you with a blueprint of his writing process to help you write your script. Learn his index card technique, his disciplined writing practice, and his advice for writing with a partner.

Topics include: Capture Ideas in Notebooks • Do the Research • Organize With Index Cards • Set Daily Writing Goals • Respect Your Dedicated Writing Time • Get Feedback • Research for BlacKkKlansman • Working With a Writing Partner

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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 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.

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

I learned a bit about Spike's thought process.

Well, the biggest nugget for me would be how Spike’s stubbornness, dogged, creativity, and passion produced his catalogue.

Spike Lee is a role model of mine, and being able to receive such in-depth instruction from him was priceless.

This class has made me feel that my dream of being a filmmaker is more realistic than I thought. I feel a greater sense of urgency to create films that can be agents for change.

Comments

Michael U.

Found it interesting that Mr. Lee still writes out so much of his scripts instead of using computers or scriptwriting software. The index card method is great to arrange ideas into a cohesive script.

Alexandria L.

I have been working for a long time as a writer organization is an issue I like this index card method

LaTrence M.

I love the index cards... Normally when a story pops in my head I just starting writing and figure it out on the fly.

Purity R.

in our defense.......What the heck you think we do this and that for? It might be true, its about who you know. As for me, unfortunately my gift/calling late in life. I have so much material(hehe). I don't have the patience or time frankly. You add that with the fact that Im obsessed/ with that the many lessons/messages that SHOULD be covered in cinema, tv, etc that aren't AND the fact I know this is IS a gift AND I have so many stories I don't know what to do>>>>IM INSANE! lol... Its like Im you to teach me how to drive and you take me to the bumper cars AND you just watch meLOLOL I know that.. LET ME BEHIND THE WHEEL! lol

M. M.

EXCELLENT — already, and it only gets better. Like having Spike and me in a room together.😘

Chad E.

The link to the Black List in Chapter 2 of the Class workbook is faulty. I found the site but cannot paste the link here.

Lisa W.

Digesting this is all, one bite at a time, seems simple? Of course, it certainly is a lot of talent and perseverance. Thank you for presenting in this way.

Kelly H.

Spike should also do a Masterclass in how to be cool. He's so good to watch. Could be my favourite MC yet.

Cole H.

I found this very helpful. I personally am trying to kick off my first independent film, and this helped me put a finer point on how to approach it.

Andre'ic M.

That was some very helpful information. I'm a newbie filmmaker and im taking all this info in.