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Werner Herzog

Teaches Filmmaking

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. 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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Herzog is a hero of independence. I loved his personal anecdotes, humor, and how he related those anecdotes and observations to his film and those of Buñuel, etc.

Tim Bennett-Huxtableis a screenwriter, filmmaker and actor in Los Angeles. Tim is a student in Werner Herzog’s MasterClass.

I loved that I got to see Werner speak since he is a very notable, innovative director. His commentary was thorough & definitely gave me ideas on how to shoot films.

Monica Castrois a film student at SFSU and is fascinated with auteur directors like Herzog, Martin Scorcese, and Pedro Almodovar.

Awesome personal insight from one of my favorite filmmakers. Nice small tips. Great speaker. He is fantastic and so giving.

Nathan Sobaskiis a professional video editor and content coordinator. He is a student in Werner Herzog's MasterClass.

Absolutely hypnotic. The way he analyses influences behind the making of a filmmaker and the layers of knowledge piling up gradually...its incredible

Atanu Ghoshis a student in Werner Herzog's MasterClass and a story teller by heart form Kolkata, India.

A fascinating introduction to the art of film making from a true free spirit. A man with a gentle voice delivers powerful ideas.

Clive Roseis a director in the United Kingdom. He is a student in Werner Herzog's MasterClass.



We offer full refunds up to 30 days after purchase.

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Take the class at your own pace and in your own time.



When does the class start?

Werner's MasterClass is now live! Enroll today to get instant access.

What does the enrollment fee include?

  • Access to every lesson in the class
  • A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps, takeaways, and assignments
  • Membership in an active community of engaged students where you can receive and provide feedback on assignments
  • Access to instructor feedback and answers in Office Hours
  • Class-specific tools to help you practice your craft
  • You can see more information about what the class includes at

What format does the class take?

MasterClass is an immersive online experience with a curriculum designed by the instructor. Each MasterClass includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be re-watched as many times as you'd like. In addition, many students use the community to share their thoughts, upload projects, and provide feedback for other students.

How long is the class?

Werner Herzog's Filmmaking MasterClass has 6+ hours of exclusive video lessons.

Is the class live?

Werner's MasterClass has pre-recorded video lessons, which can be watched at anytime. There are live opportunities to connect with your fellow classmates, which are announced as they come.

Can I download the videos?

No, the videos are not downloadable, they are available for streaming from your account at any time.

Will Werner see my work?

We do not guarantee critiques from Werner. We may have opportunities for students to submit work to Werner, and students will be notified as those opportunities arise. MasterClass does not accept unsolicited work.

How do I contact MasterClass?

Send us an email at and we'll be happy to help.

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Werner Herzog

Teaches Filmmaking

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