Here’s a deal & opportunity that does not come around often. This opportunity falls in the continuing education department this week. An opportunity to learn from someone successful in the field of film-making. Spike Lee is teaming up with Master Class to offer a much broader audience, the opportunity to learn the ins & outs of the film making industry, from an accomplished individual who’s worn a lot of hats from writing, directing, acting etc. Spike Lee offers the chance to learn from his experiences, and help guide inspired filmmakers, actors, writers along their personal journey.
Spike has well over 30 years of experience and is opting to share his knowledge to aspiring filmmakers, and people of the arts. He chose Master class to expand his reach as many people may not be able to attend or sign up for his classes at NYU.
The online class with Lee is offering a chance to analyze his works both on the page and on screen, covering the technicalities of writing stories, working with actors, camera angles, financing, and choosing music score. He addresses the hurdles facing first-time filmmakers, and shares his own experience overcoming obstacles in the film industry. Lee also discusses how he has tried to affect culture with his movies, and he urges students to be conscious of the relationship between their work and the world.
Registration & enrollment in Spike Lee’s online class is $90 with lifetime access. Customers also have the option to pay $180 per year for unlimited access to all existing and upcoming classes, not just Spike Lee course but a host of tutorials from Werner Herzog (filmmaking), Hans Zimmer (film scoring), Steve Martin (comedy), Aaron Sorkin (screenwriting), and Shonda Rhimes (writing for television). Upcoming classes are scheduled from Martin Scorsese (filmmaking), Ron Howard (directing), Helen Mirren (acting), Samuel L. Jackson (acting), and Judd Apatow (comedy).
Watch Spike Lee’s promo video for his upcoming course: Click "MasterClass"
Now the film making and arts opportunity is not for everyone, so I have something that should cover the rest. Lynda is an online American education company that offers video courses taught by industry experts in just about everything you can think about. You can search Lynda and see a variety of courses offered. Lynda offers a free 30 day trial, which after 30 days if you don't find it useful, you can cancel. Lynda offers individuals the opportunity to continually improve on skills ranging from A to Z of the alphabet, and tutorials are continually being added. You learn from industry experts passionate about teaching. It is an affordable alternative if you are short on funds and have an appetite for learning and improving your skills.
Here's a 30 second commercial summarizing the Lynda online tutorial course: Click "Lynda.com"
Last but not least, I've saved something awesome for last. If you are into self teaching here’s an incredible free resource I stumbled upon, and would like to share it with you. I'm still in awe with all it has to offer. The website name is Open Culture, I encourage you to go check out the freebies and other beneficial things they have to offer. Enjoy the continuing education learning experience, its OK to be smart.