Chapter 9 of 19 from Spike Lee

Storytelling with Camera Coverage

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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.

Topics include: Cinematic Camera Angles • Camera Movement • One-Take Scenes • Breaking the Fourth Wall

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.

Topics include: Cinematic Camera Angles • Camera Movement • One-Take Scenes • Breaking the Fourth Wall

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 Masterclass was fantastic. I am in the process of producing my first feature film and Spikes tips are very valuable to this process. Thank you very much for this. we want more! :D

Это был очень интересный класс, который спровоцировал меня отчасти пересмотреть мою работу с актерами и анализ сцен, проработку сценария.

This class was phenomenal, Spike is a true auteur. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience and advice. This class is perfect for a first time filmmaker or a seasoned filmmaker.

I'm so happy I could hear the journey that made Spike Lee who he is today. He's a great teacher and shares from the heart. Thank you.

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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".

Kathy

Wow! I never knew anyone could actually teach directing without the student having a camera in hand to practice the shot. Now I know that you can.

Alberto M.

I would have loved to see Spike in action, why not do a little Ron Howard style re-make of a shot and the types of discussions you have with a DP on set? That's really valuable stuff to the aspiring. The double dolly is a trade make of Spike's, I would have loved to hear the evolution of that. And more importantly, creating a style of your own, Spike has one, and very few artists can say that. Would have been great to hear thoughts on that.

Carlos S.

My god. How many remarkable joints. I love Ernest Dickerson. Great cinematographer and director. Here is a visual standout and a Spike Lee trademark, among others. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu9-UymSApM