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Arts & Entertainment

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.

it certainly helped and inspired to make my first steps towards making my first feature film project. thank you very much Spike LEE

This is one class that I really wanted to do. I knew this one would be very interesting. Above all, Spike says it like it really is, which I liked. There was some good advice about music.

Opened my mind to the world of film making in a funny and entertaining way.

Short, direct, and with a touch of humor. Amazing knowledge from an amazing director.


Sheree J.

Spike Lee has always been one of my favourite filmmakers and taking this class prove to me he is a master. I'm soaking all this in and will apply on my upcoming short.

Keisha L.

I am absolutely LOVING Spike Lee's class! Out of all the classes I've taken this one has kept me captivated from beginning to end. I've cracked out on it in one day lol. The knowledge I'm learning is simple and applicable.

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!