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Werner Herzog

Lesson time 03:54 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.


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.

Capture the spectacular

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 the oldest student - 85 - I've traveled the seven continents, camera in hand, and written Wonderlust - Wondering While Wandering. This next!

It's a amazing insight of the filmmaking experience and it gives you confidence on making your own films and getting great advice from a legend.

Top for what was covered by Britain;s stingey student loan- one of one two universities partnered with the BBC for the course content- so that vouches

Wonderful class on film making. Loved every second! Thank you Warner!


Elizabeth S.

I do admire Herzog. I watched as much of his class as I could before I realized that women were invisible, both as writers, directors, producers, to him. Will they be given a token representation later in the classes? Maybe. Too late.

A fellow student

I had trouble seeing the video. I kept getting an error message about the video not loading properly.

Tim T.

Hello everyone, I’M TIM ,getting into the film directing business. Nice meeting you all

Hedydd I.

He talks beautifully and thoughtfully. He has the perfect balance of knowledge, humility and presentation skills that is needed in a good teacher. Looking forward to this course, hope to learn a lot!

Bruce M.

Thank you very much. I gained many helpful filmmaking tip to use on my set.

Mallory G.

Anyone else have constant technical issues?? I thought it was my wifi but it doesn't work on my phone on LTE either. Only get about a minute into any video before it says error or just loads forever. Tried reducing the quality and tried waiting for it to load but to no avail...




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!