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Werner Herzog

Lesson time 3:45 min

Meet your new instructor, a self-taught filmmaker who's made films on all seven continents. Are you ready to become a 'soldier of cinema'?

Werner Herzog
Teaches Filmmaking
In 6 hours of video lessons, Werner Herzog teaches his uncompromising approach to documentary and feature filmmaking.
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It may sound a little bit strange to hear what qualifies me for this, because I'm somebody who has never learned how to make films. I was never assistant somewhere in the industry, nor was ever at film school. And since I grew up in a very remote place in the Bavarian mountains-- we had to flee from bombardments of Munich-- I had no running water, for example. We had no-- yeah we had electricity, not all the time. We had only an outhouse as a toilet. And I did not see films until I was 11. In fact, I was not even aware that cinema even existed until I was 11. It's hard to say what I hope from your site. I don't know who you are. I do assume that most of you are younger than I am, obviously, and that you are aspiring filmmakers. And of course, I know there's something I can pass on. [MUSIC PLAYING] The terrible thing is it was like meat in a butcher shop. Who are you, Timothy? Who are you, Amy, and what happened to you? I'm curious, and I still keep learning. I have done good battle, I mean real good battle and have my scars and have my defeats. Somehow you may see me as an example, how do you survive in this industry? How do you still, against all adversity, are capable to make films? You see, that's the kind of man you have to deal with if you want to look at my master class about directing movies. Ultimately, ultimately my own goal is to be a good soldier of cinema. And if I can inspire one or two of you out there to become a good soldier, then I have done everything I should do here. I'm Werner Herzog, and this is my MasterClass.

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When the legendary director Werner Herzog was 19, he stole a camera and made his first movie. 70 films and 50 awards later, Werner is teaching documentary and feature filmmaking. In this film class, you’ll learn storytelling, cinematography, location scouting, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life. By the end, you’ll make uncompromising movies.


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

I'm very gratified with this master class. Herzog helped me to find my inner voice.

What I genuinely got from this class was nearly 6 hours worth of experience - a mixture of technical lessons and those invaluable lessons that any student would look for in a mentor. Even the parts I didn't expect to like - I loved. Truly worth it.

A fantastic and insightful guide on how to honestly be a proactive and smart filmmaker. Werner has offered an eye opening insight. I was worried at first as I have already been in the industry for quite some time, but I found myself being wow'd at every turn. A+++++

Just excellent. Anyone can learn how to run a camera on YouTube. The lessons you have provided are truly valuable as only the unique perspective of a master can be.



He looked me in the eye in the end, and I knew right away that I'm doing the rest of the class!

Turki A.

It is indeed important to write notes and reflect on them after each video of this course.

Joel Kirk R.

If he could do this, coming from his background, then so can I! Thank YOU!

Michael N.

I liked Werner Herzog before I knew his name.I was 16 years old my father was in the army we were posted to Germany for three years, then I saw the German film on tv "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" with Klaus Kinski with french subtitles, I was transfixed by this amazing film how Werner brought to life Aguirre, how by camera technique and acting and reacting brought the reality of being lost and barren in the South American Jungle. It was an unforgettable and timeless film that I will watch again.

Jan K.

Danish short film, based on the Viking story of Tonny Gulløv, The film was recorded in just 8 hours, all contributors are amateurs and participated without payment ... after some years of production of commercials and an great online course with Werner Herzog on it was a great experience for me to instruct and film this little short film, hope i will enjoy it

Don M.

"Soldier"?? Not the word I would use, but hey. Being taught by Werner Herzog. I'm hooked.... With this Introduction, am very curious about what is ahead.

Matt G.

Fitzcaraldo was insane! And watching the BTS on the DVD shows that the filmmakers had to go through as much effort as the characters in the movie did.

Brett H.

I'm absolutely ecstatic to hear what Werner Herzog has to say. Just through his interviews I've discovered everything from Iranian films to the works of D.W. Griffith. He's a true legend in his medium, and one of the most unique voices out there.

Michael N.

Just having watched the last part I still am speachless, how wonderful “frontal teaching” can be. That is only, when somebody has to say something. I am speachless, because Werner Herzog not only shows courage, insight, inspiration, stamina, wisdom and so many other characteristics that are rare to find. But he did all his live‘s works having taught himself, following his inner voice. If one‘s eyes and ears are open, we all can pursue a life with deep insights and enrich humanity with the results of our processes...thank you Werner Herzog, what a wonderful course this was - would love to hear more....all the best to you from Michael

Katherine M.

I first learned about Werner Herzog in film school when I took a Documentary Filmmaking course. His work inspired me to pursue documentary filmmaking in New York. I am new to the industry and am beyond excited to learn from Werner Herzog's master class. I am a big fan of his work!