Film & TV


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.

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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.

As a beginner filmmaker, this class has opened my eyes to a new world that I didn't know existed right in front of me. I loved every lesson and I will cherish the knowledge I have gained from each video. Thank you!

It was a good outline, good for getting started.

Want to learn all from Herzog! :) Thanks for the opportunity

Inspiring first good lesson. Im starting a documentary about my grandfather, so this is class are like muses.


A fellow student

Dies war mit Abstand eine der lehrreichsten Onlinekurse, die ich je gemacht habe!


Thank you for delivering such an intense and moving series with this brilliant man. I am so happy that he addressed how much humour he has woven in many of his films. Amazing experience....all the best from Toronto


Thank you Werner, even though I am not a film maker, but a makeup artist/ artist I have learned so much. What I want to do with my next project, how I will proceed it, how I will look at it with different eyes, go back to the mistakes I made and learn from them and of course never to stop dreaming. Thanks again for you honesty Werner. Love Joycey

A fellow student

Werner is an inspirational filmmaker. I was hanging on every tidbit of advice and information he shared with me and I will use these pearls of wisdom in my next project.


It provided great insight into what can be accomplished. it also provided great insight on what is needed to accomplish the goal.

Rob D.

This was great, thanks to everyone involved. Werner is bonkers, in the best possible way.

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.