Film & TV
Lesson time 6:49 min
Examining his powerful nonfiction films When the Levees Broke and 4 Little Girls, Spike shares insights on how to handle true stories with passion and respect.
Topics include: 4 Little Girls • Personal and Intimate Interviews • Documentary as Activism
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.
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"
Spike is awesome. He tells it like it is, no sugarcoating. He gets into the nuts and bolts of filmmaking and his enthusiasm for his craft comes shining through!
Thanks. I know who Spike Lee is and I could pick him out in a crowd - easily even before I took his MasterClass. But I have NEVER seen a Spike Lee movie. I will be changing that. Thank you so much for all the lessons.
I've been able to understand the very DNA of a Spike Lee film and his process of making a film from thinking about it from scratch to being in the editing room. Spike is certainly one of he most authentic filmmakers of our times.