Chapter 1 of 26 from Werner Herzog

Introduction

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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

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

Werner Herzog

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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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. You’ll learn storytelling, cinematography, locations, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life. By the end, you’ll make uncompromising films.

Watch, listen, and learn as Werner covers every aspect of filmmaking, from pre-production to distribution.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Werner will also critique select student work.

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

What a wild-man artist. Inspired me to trust my own voice.

Werner Herzog masterclass is both inspirational and aspirational. The experience will be, to some degree, truly life-enhancing.

Danish short film, based on the Viking story of Tonny Gulløv, The film was recorded in just 8 hours, all contributors are amateur and participated without payment ... after some years of production of commercials and an online course with Werner Herzog on masterclass.com it was a great experience for me to instruct and film this little short film, hope i will enjoy it https://vimeo.com/321743508

Werner Herzog's unique and almost religous approach to film is breathtaking . He makes you realise your potential in no way anyone else ever could.

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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 masterclass.com it was a great experience for me to instruct and film this little short film, hope i will enjoy it https://vimeo.com/321743508

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!

Charles B.

I am a little concerned that he opens the class stating he is a good soldier of film making. That is a negative stance and suggests the industry glorifies war and destruction.

Derrick W.

Thank you for sharing. It is refreshing to see someone making films and in the industry that didn't go to film school. I'm really tired of the excuse they give you for why you have to take general ed especially when my horizons are a lot broader than the majority of my teachers at film school. I am all in.

Louise J.

Thanks so much Werner for Fitzcarraldo!! You are a true filmmaker like Kurasawa! You shoot from your heart!!and don't let impossible practicalities stop you!! love and respect always!! Thank you!I really don't know what to say but your passion and sincerity has helped!!

Deborah B.

Werner Herzog brings a perspective from another culture, another time, and the untrained eye. His insight is invaluable - looking forward to this class.

Transcript

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.