Chapter 2 of 19 from Spike Lee

Putting Words On Paper

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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

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

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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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.

A great insight into the workings of a great film maker. Highly recommended!

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

Spike Lee's Master Class is a must. Not just for independent filmmaking but for any endeavours one might take. It's a reminder that you have to do the work in order to reap the rewards.

I just wanted to get an overview on how films are made. I'm a writer. I can see there's much work involved with developing a film, screenplay etc. This class was very interesting.

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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.

A fellow student

Those deadlines...I have to be almost ANAL about them. The last 2 films I worked with...everyone asked me to be soft on the deadlines. Yea, no. The goal will be met, man. Especially in the writing process.

Terrence E.

Filmmakers in Los Angeles or New York, let's connect. Instagram: TerrenceTEdwards E-mail: TerrenceTEdwards@gmail.com

Stephanie F.

I am so exciting because I love Spike Lee movies. This Master Class is amazing, definitely is very important have discipline, make research and be aware about deadlines!

Vickie R.

I like Spike's style of dress. I kind of copied him and am now running around the streets of Northridge in bright yellow t shirts, high top purple tennis shoes, glasses and even a giant gold necklace for inspiration. I've seen all of his movies except for Bamboozled which sounds a lot like my life story. I also write in long hand first since I really do not care for all this new technology. Unlike Spike, I like to write late at night since I am terrible insomnia and since there's nothing else to do but watch bad horror films at 3 00 that's when I take out my purple journal and start writing. I write like 10-15 pages a day although a bit less since constant distractions always come my way. One of the things I liked best about Spike's movies is his use of bright colors and slow motion shots, just like my other idol Martin Scorsese in his flick "Good Fellas" in the opening scene when Ray Liotta walks into a bar and starts his own personal narrative about loving the life of crime. I did see and enjoyed Black Klansman. PS My once kinky curly hair that I was teased about so much in my Catholic school now looks MEGA better since I found an African American hair stylist named Kim, who dyed my hair jet black and not the usual yellow high lights. Have to say I look like a whole different person!!! I've waited almost 30 ears to find the right hair stylist to treat frizzy hair and her name is KIM and she's located off of Reseda Street in Northridge and her hair salon is in all PURPLE!!!!! Love it.

Jonathan S.

You HAVE to listen to criticism, but you don't have to take it all—or any of it. I'm in a number of critique groups, and I have trusted readers. A lot of times their suggestions are really good. Sometimes they're wrong. Sometimes they are right that there's a problem in a particular spot, but they may be wrong about what's needed to fix it. But you have lived with the script a lot longer than their short reading. Listening, accepting some things, and rejecting others is a tricky process, but remember, the goal is to make a better script, It's not about your feelings. Your feelings are going to be hurt a lot more if you don't listen, take the endless hours to create your film, and then have the whole world tell you it sucks, when you could have gotten it right by listening to your early critics.

Jerren L.

LOVE THIS ALREADY! Spike you are one of my fav directors and Malcolm X is one of my favorite films!

Cliniquka M.

A lot of good takeaways from this chapter. A couple of points I took away from this lesson was the idea of the index cards and the importance of not feeling like you have to write an entire screenplay in a day. The idea of writing 3-4 pages a day really resonated with me.

Jennifer

Great lesson! I will definitely start writing down my notes on index cards, putting them in order by category, then by scene, and write down the script longhand. Great tips!