From Spike Lee's MasterClass

Spike's Film 101s Pt. 2

For Spike, the take is a sacred moment. Learn his rules for managing your crew and running a set effectively in order to deliver the best possible takes.

Topics include: You Have to Put in the Work • Know What’s Going On • A Take Is a Sacred Moment • Fight for the Crew You Want

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For Spike, the take is a sacred moment. Learn his rules for managing your crew and running a set effectively in order to deliver the best possible takes.

Topics include: You Have to Put in the Work • Know What’s Going On • A Take Is a Sacred Moment • Fight for the Crew You Want

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

I aspire to be a filmmaker. I did some 360º movies in the pass 2 years just trying to learn more about this art, and Spike Lee lessons ore very enlightening. Thanks for the lessons, Spike Lee is a legend it was handsome seeing how he grow in this business.

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

it certainly helped and inspired to make my first steps towards making my first feature film project. thank you very much Spike LEE

Thank you Professor. Big takeaways: music to enhance and support the story, telling the truth, edit as you go along. Still taking the lessons in. Wow!

Comments

Matthew B.

Best AD I have worked with had us all on walkie, just the ear piece, so he could update us. We had like over 10 company moves in downtown LA, huge gang of skateboarders and a decent size crew and a couple pass vans, walkie's are a must imo… just asking for meal penalties or laggard crew without them

Matthew B.

One time... I was the assistant camera on a music video shoot in, coney island, and the director decided to save money and check out the camera himself, day of production... and dude forgot the lens, and asked the DP, "we can still shoot though, right?" and the DP was so confused and panic'd, "no....! what?" cut to; 4 hour later, we have 45 minutes of shootable light and we throw the camera on the steady cam, and just tell him to do some "cool shit" while we walked with the singer down the boardwalk to a pier, and the video went on to win some latin America music video award in 2011 getting the guy got signed to Warner Bros or something.. things can work out even if you do everything wrong sometimes, just to keep in mind since, weird shit happens, even if you plan well. Director had everything planned really well, just didn't know how to check out a camera..

Aja

It is very important to me to have a crew that represents my target audience and the stories I tell. I won't hesitate to uplift and support other black, female filmmakers.

Michael O.

When the camera's rolling, that to me, is a sacred moment. Yes. For me, the process leading up to the take is sacred as well.

E T.

Nah Son! Make things happen....when you are in a position of power use it wisely. Love him!

Tino T.

In Production I was always very good because I anticipated things, i am very pessimistic during the preproductions thats why later everything is full of plan Bs :D lol and it works...

Gwendolyn C.

The union being Local 802 Motion picture and film union??? There was also another union I heard about is it 306. My dad was in the industry--worked at Park Avenue screening room. He and DollThomas integrated the production crew at the Apollo. Oh

Arica

This has to be one of the best classes that I've taken here on Masterclass. Spike was most definitely worth the wait!

Steven J.

Because in so many ways of what I am learning as a first time filmmaker this is very important to every filmmaker not just white quotations but for everybody who is Latino Puerto Rican American African-American who is like in a position of power and if I don’t use that of who I want to hire to make a film with me those are my demands so it’s a good lesson it’s a very powerful lesson that you don’t want some of my own this is what I attend to do but this is like a lesson that I could follow for the rest of my life.

Aaron M.

I've always enjoyed and respected Spike's films. But man, that laugh....I'm lovin this man, I'm cracking up too! What a joy to listen too. Thanks Spike!