Chapter 11 of 19 from Spike Lee

Spike's Film 101s Pt. 2

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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

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

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

This MasterClass is like a story telling session. Hooked me from the word go and kept me present till the end. Concise, packed full of information that one can immediately apply. This is a true #goto class. Mr Lee is a generous teacher. Thank you :)

Hmm, it was encouraging. I really appreciated when he showed old footage on his production and pre-production. That was my favorite. Overall, it was more entertaining and less informative than the others like Ron Howard. I give it 3 1/2 stars

I thought this class made helped break down the process of becoming the filmmaker. I especially loved it when Spike talked about the logistics of what a filmmaker has to do.

Spike gave a lot of insight HELPFULL insight, a lot of questions I had where answered pluss extra. Sorry if my grammar is not A1 because I am from Norway but I love it.

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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!

Joseph S.

Ones relationship with the crew can be just as pivotal as that with the actors. This is strategic stuff.