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Werner Herzog

Lesson time 2:06 min

Werner leaves you with the words of a medieval mystic and wishes you luck on your journey.

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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I have a text I'd like to read for you. And the text is from the late medieval mystic, Thomas a Kempis-- a very important figure in deep thinking. A mystic. And it's in a film of mine. "It is only the pilgrims who in the travails of their earthly voyage do not lose their way. Whether our planet be frozen or scorched, they are guided by the same prayers, and suffering, and fervor, and woe." [MUSIC PLAYING] You may have guessed, meanwhile, that it is not Thomas a Kempis. I wrote this text. I did this. In a way, we have to leave things incomplete. Lots of things we haven't covered, but it would be ad nauseam just to have me there and trying to explain my craft. Thank you, and best of luck to all of you.

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.

A great source of inspiration, when you're already making movies. If you are just starting out with filmmaking, it's probably even more useful.

Herzog is one of my favourite movie maker and I have listened to his interviews and talks, but his masterclass was an incredible experience and the egoless way he explain things was very helpful in understanding the way the mind of a true master works .

It has helped me to stop thinking and start doing, mistakes will always come, deal them when they happened and dont stop, stopping is for the cowards.

He is a great speaker, but in the end it was more about his journey versus practical filmmaking tips. Overall it was great to hear his story and I think advanced filmmakers will get something from it.


Reward E.

It was frank, honest and unpresumptuous. We can't really really pay for this lifetime of experience hard earned and so generously given.

A fellow student

Josef Khallouf - Beirut, Lebanon The thing that I appreciate the most with Werner is his generosity and his beautiful soul. In addition to sharing secrets of the profession, he shares lots from his personal life experience, and that is extremely valuable. Thank you Werner.

Chris N.

I'm work as a commercial producer. I like having Werner on my shoulder when shit gets tough in production. He's a veteran and a master, how lucky we are to spend time with one! To those who outcry at his "pretention", I would take that as almost performative, with which he certainly finds some fulfillment. I for one, eat it up--it's like standup for film production geeks. Thank you, Masterclass, I'm going to try to get through as many of these classes before my subscription expires. Go make a movie!

Eric S.

I am rejuvenated as an artist. I can spend my money on myself and create the art I want to create. It will find the hands and minds of the people that are hungry for it.

Master B.

Werner Herzog, Thank U for your NDepth Shared "Know-How" N Utilizing Our Own Filmmaking "Unique Creative NGenuity" .


A genius, but unthinkable without his muse (alter ego) Kinsky, like DeNiro has been Scorseses muse. Sometimes you just have to meet the right people at the right time. No doubt, they would have been good filmmakers anyway. This class is inspiring and I think, after watching Lo and Behold, Herzogs documentary work is truly underestimated.

A fellow student

No me esperaba menos de uno de los más grandes artistas de hoy. Solo queda agradecer que comparta su excepcional mirada a la vida y en la manera en que lo hace.

A fellow student

I am a professional filmmaker and have worked in Hollywood now for almost 40 years. I have worked on films like Pulp Fiction, Speed and Total Recall and have won over 60 film festival awards. I have also taken many classes over the years and have been a teacher for over 20 years as well. I got ore out of this class of Werner Herzog's that 5 years of classes and years of experience. I had been beaten down in my enthusiasm recently and had lost momentum for my own projects. Werner's outlook and attitude on life and film has reinvigorated me. Thank you all for putting this fantastic series together. I intend to watch every episode. And thank you, Mr. Herzog. You are a great artist and an example to us all. Particularly me.

Arthur L.

Before i started this lesson, i had no idea who Werner was or any of his work so i had no expectation when i started this class. This is by far my favorite Masterclass teacher. The way he teaches, his use of humor, it feels deeply personal as if he's talking in the same room with us. This is the only Masterclass that i felt really emotional when i finally reached the end. It feels like saying goodbye to your wise old teacher. Thank You Werner Herzog for educating and inspiring millions of filmmakers like us with your discipline, humor and your invaluable knowledge in filmmaking

Lynn C.

Regarding deep fake...I was in the middle of lessons when I took a break and went to the lake where my 80 year old mother foisted her cell phone into my hand with a command to read [a chain] email she rec'd from an intelligent neighbor of my childhood. The email included an mp4 clip of supposedly US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib claiming to take over the world...I said "Mom this is fake" and pointed out the fake You Tube logo. This did not exonerate my ignorance in her I simply did search that quickly led to Ted Nugent's facebook page post (a second posting) making fake social media spreading fear and hate. Because of Herzog's questions and craft of truth, I was conscious and disciplined enough to be in a conversation with my mom that dispelled fear and hate. I did not let her off the hook for claiming age as an excuse for unknowingly spreading racist, bigoted, misogynistic propaganda. She learned. I found the dialogue. Thank you Master Teacher Werner Herzog. Your humor, discipline, doggedness and good humaness to make truth makes a difference.