Chapter 10 of 19 from Spike Lee

Storyboards: Malcolm X

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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

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

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.

This class was worth the wait. The way Spike Lee talks and delivers is straight forward. He did not say what other filmmakers did; but what worked for his films. I love the comparisons and the way he broke down his films for different lessons. I started my index card box!

This master class allowed me to see a vision of what I want to create from a different perspective. It showed me to think outside the box and that is invaluable.

wow loved this course! so excited to apply his tips into my upcoming film!

I learned so much just from him going into the details the way he did. This was my favorite of the directing courses by far--although they are all amazing!

Comments

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.

Christine M.

The storyboards lesson for Chapter 10 is the same video from Chapter 9. The work pages are correct but the video is wrong.