Film & TV
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'?
Topics include: Introduction to the class
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.
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.
This a great experience!!! No words, it's so good!!!
Werner is a very interesting man who can tell a story through a lens that will smack you in the face and kisses you at the same time. This class was very inspiring and helped me realizing that this profession is not all about the critics and audiences. It's something truly special. It's a very hard journey that you'll be proud of in the end.
I feel that Herzog's simplified way of teaching film is refreshingly counter-intuitive. There is no need to over complicate the process whatsover.
From what is established to a broader mindset, Herzog isn't telling you what to do but rather inspiring a real personal creative process.