Official Trailer for Werner Herzog's Online Filmmaking MasterClass

May 19, 2016
Source: YouTube

Werner Herzog's Online Filmmaking MasterClass

"There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need." Anyone want to learn filmmaking tips directly from Werner Herzog? This is your chance. The MasterClass website has launched a trailer and pre-regisration for an upcoming course being taught by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. Apparently the course will include 20 videos on "storytelling, cinematography, locations, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life," plus more topics. This goes hand-in-hand with many of the brilliant pieces of advice from Herzog that can be found online, like this list of "24 pieces of life advice" or this poignant "no-nonsense advice" for filmmakers. More below.

Here's the trailer for Werner Herzog's Filmmaking MasterClass, from YouTube (via

Description from the MasterClass website: "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. Pre-enroll for early access." The online class will apparently feature 20 different video lessons from Werner that cover "every aspect of filmmaking, from pre-production to distribution" as well as a workbook and a chance for office hours with Herzog himself. For more info or to reserve a spot, visit MasterClass. Anyone interested?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


I fully agree with him regarding life experience. But above all, exceptional directors have an exceptional ability: an acute eye for detail.

tarek on May 19, 2016


Sign me the **** up.

Nick Sears on May 19, 2016


...gotta f'n read a book though, damn! I'd rather spend a year in the Taiga! 🙂 Who am I kidding, I want to check it out. $90, seems affordable.

Whichhalfofthewit on May 19, 2016


How about Aguirre the Wrath of God? It's a unique piece of work. I think he was saying exactly what you said, but with different words. The only lesson he is giving is "be yourself". But to do so, you need to feed yourself with life experience. It's like vocabulory. The more it is rich, the better your story will be.

tarek on May 19, 2016


He just called Hitchcock and Spielberg cowards.

Trip on May 20, 2016


That's one experienced and lucid director. It would be good to listen his lectures since, as somebody already said, that can't be bad thing. Well, I'm not planning on making films, but it would be good thing to believe I could...

shiboleth on May 21, 2016


Oh Nosferatu was some craziness, definitely. And Klaus Kinski also ...

shiboleth on May 21, 2016

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