Film & TV

Storytelling with Camera Coverage

Spike Lee

Lesson time 10:43 min

Spike walks you through the iconic camera angles and techniques that have come to define his visual style. Then, he breaks down how he uses each to increase tension and heighten the drama.

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.

Most important thing I learned is to tell the story you're meant to tell. By passionate. Stay hungry. If there's a universal truth to what you're saying, then don't be shy about telling it.

This class has taught how to examine film and that it is an important tool in telling stories to millions of people.

This is the best MasterClass I have ever watched.

Great content! Spike Lee tells it how it is by using examples from his real life experiences as a filmmaker, who has pushed the envelope & succeeded.


Kimberly W.

I am learning so much from this master class once I am done watching it I am going to watch it again and apply all of the knowledge that Mr. Lee is providing us with to my work thank you!

Chava G.

Still in the womb playing the embryo, listening to the outside, wondering what it's all about. Doing the right thing at this point is really about basic understanding of the craft and the components that produce masterpieces or the proverbial opposite trash! Master Teachers, Master Class, simple! It is up to us to absorb and apply in earnest endeavoring. 1,2,3 look at Mr. Lee!

Dr. M.

I've been a fan since School Daze, but this guy is confirmed, the coolest. Thank You spike for being a REAL INSTRUCTOR.

A fellow student

Most instructive of all of the lectures so far. Prior lectures are good. This one is great.

Bob Z.

This has been one of the best lesson I've done from all of the different directors. Just some good down to earth knowledge.

A fellow student

Inspired! Period. This speaks to my natural aesthetic and it is so nourishing and confidence building to be a student and artistically stimulating at the same time. 🙌🏽 Spike Lee x MasterClass

Gwendolyn C.

Well from ths lesson I can see that my briefs days working at WVIT as a production intern on the McNeil Leher report filming is different from filming a movie. We had two stationary Itchami cameras however you spell it, we panned right or left and did close-ups . This computer shorts out. We seldom moved the cameras. I suppose it is easier to film a stationery stage. head closes, wide angles, slow zooms. I hear you.

Rane M.

Great lesson! Looking forward to applying the knowledge of showing power through camera angles on an upcoming shoot. Thanks!

Jess O.

Sal smashes the soul of Radio Raheem.. This i what I was hoping for.. Prof Lee talking about this perfect movie. Happy to see he experiences and imagined it exactly how the message of the film is portrayed in the mind.. purposeful decisions to impress upon the psych

Kae R.

Love Spike's lively interaction, instruction, and candid voice. Not flowery or patronizing. It's real, honest, fresh, and in your face. "WAKE UP".