From Spike Lee's MasterClass

Storyboards: Malcolm X

Using his original storyboards for the assassination scene in Malcolm X, Spike illustrates the construction of a scene, and the level of detail required to create the illusion of chaos.

Topics include: Assassination Scene Breakdown

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Using his original storyboards for the assassination scene in Malcolm X, Spike illustrates the construction of a scene, and the level of detail required to create the illusion of chaos.

Topics include: Assassination Scene Breakdown

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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.

Spike lee teaches you how to set goals in a realistic way and how to achieve them. Thank you spike

I just appreciate the way that Spike interweaved stories about life and history into his masterclass. It was more than just a "how to" course. It covered a lot of the "why" we do.

I did not want this class with Spike to end, made my day many a time. Everything I have to say is in the superlative - so wise and so compelling on the cutting edge of indie and Black filmmaking. And let's not forget his perfect sense of humor!

Lots of good insights - great work ethic - It's always good to get to know the 'behind the scenes' creators. I thought he did a great job - love to have dinner with him sometime. He highlighted a saying I used on one of my paintings - "There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going to"

Comments

Deborah R.

Filmmaking is like architecture. Lots of detailed plans and blueprints. A storyboard is like a blueprint. Nothing should be left to chance. Can you imagine the expense of an assassination scene or other high action scenes like a high speed chase or an explosion?

KC F.

Great information! Good for me since I used to intern at Marvel and used to draw comics fairly well.

Kevin G.

One thing I am learning consistently in these lessons is to respect the time and its availability by planing. Storyboards is one of the best ways to map out your shots and organize visually. Thank you for sharing your storyboards with us.

Saba

These storyboards are a piece of art. I always have a laugh when people look at mine, as they are very basic but they communicate what I want to my DP.

Loue G.

Great Lesson and i wish that it is long and more information .. thank you lee

Earl M.

I always appreciate hearing and seeing how some directors use their storyboards even though I have only used a shot-list. One of these days I'm going to try it. My issue is that I see the scene in my head and know what shots I want and I'm too lazy to draw it out. I have to remember that my DP can't see into my head. Thank you for the encouragement and presenting your storyboard style. Very inspiring.

Janet L.

What a treat to watch Spike Lee going through his storyboards and explaining the shots from one of his best films. I admire his work and unique voice and style.

Carlos S.

I wish they add a reproduction of the storyboards on PDF on the class as well as some of Spike Lee´s scripts. They did that on the Aaron Sorkin class; it was a great surprise. let's hope for the best. It was a bit short, yes.

Melecio R.

I wish this lesson was longer than three minutes. He could've showed several examples from any of his other movies. Decent lesson but should've been longer. using storyboards for big action scenes is just common sense. Needed more detail.

Devin R.

It looks like this is the same as the previous chapter; cinematic camera angles. Not the storyboards one.