Film & TV


Spike Lee

Lesson time 11:07 min

Spike teaches you his techniques for writing bold, distinct characters, capturing two sides of a story, and creating stories that react to social injustice.

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 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.


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

I'm learning to trust my instincts more, and I'm glad I took a chance and signed up to classes with Spike Lee.

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

I learned a bit about Spike's thought process.

I AM SUPER MOTIVATED!!! Not to date myself, but with all of the RESPECT I have for Spike Lee's talent, my pen is fierce on my notepad! Love the intro!



Like, is not the right word; I absolutely loved what Spike Lee had to say about storytelling. The information he offered totally resonated with me.

diane K.

I like the idea of both "sides" of a conflict are when both sides are right. It requires some of the conflict to take place in the personal space (ethics, morals, etc.) of the viewer. That's storytelling as it should be. Storytelling should be more than just entertainment.

Chad J.

my really good friend from chicago who writes scripts said it best, you have to get out of your own way in order to write a good script.

Vickie R.

I did too only it was in Austria and these guys didn't know my real religion at the time. I picked up enough German to get by and endear myself to them. They laughed in the end but I still never got my interview with David DUke. He first said "yes" to do the interview with me but later changed his mind but I found some other real right wingers to interview and they were quite entertaining to say the least. I've been the only Jewish girl at an all German, Austrian, Swiss and Saudi Arabian diplomatic receptions. Very funny stories to tell but have to keep some private because I don't want to end up swimming wiht the fishes like SAUL would say, right?????? PS Spike come to Northridge and film us all at Kim's beauty shop when I next get my hair colored!!!! Contact me if you can. I live in Los Angeles. PS Is Red Hook really a place in Brooklyn?

Clodd P.

It's not you saying it, it's the character. I love that because its so true, the world is filled with interesting colorful characters who may say and do things that your against


I wasn't able to rate the last 2 classes with (4) Stars. However the 3 star icon engaged. I WANT TO RATE THIS LESSON AS 4 STARS!!


He is brutally honest. That's why his films/tv show grabs your attention and leaves a lasting impression. Another great lesson!

Cliniquka M.

With this chapter, I liked how Spike Lee touched on having a distinction between characters and the importance of understanding that people think differently. I think that’s a good point to remember especially when writing, because after doing the research and developing the personalities of the character(s), it’s important to remember that even though you are writing the words down, it is not you that is speaking.

Maria H.

I identify so much with what he said. When I was writing my novel Trapped, which I'm developing into a movie; I literally became each character .. from their mannerisms to the words that would come out of their mouths. It was a bit exhausting because of all the personalities in my book but it worked great!

Michele H.

Right off the bat, he addresses one of my greatest writing weaknesses: pushing my characters to speak and act forcefully in the darker, uglier ways when required (not gratuitously; I think sometimes it is done off hand). I have to separate my reluctance from saying things to finding the courage to have the characters speak as they would. Lensing the past through today's views or denying a figure's full history because it's not always pleasant doesn't make it less true. Remember: the character said it, not me. ( I love him cracking up at the "hopefully!". :) )