June 2, 2016 at 5:47AM


Werner Herzog’s FREE Filmmaking MasterClass

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Most of what we’ve heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. The remarkable number of false rumors and outright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzog’s body of work is one of the most impressive and important in postwar European cinema.

At the ripe age 72, Werner Herzog remains as prolific and revolutionary as he was when he stole a camera and made his first movie at the age of 19.

Without doubt Herzog is an renegade, in the truest sense of the word. As a youngster, he taught himself how to make films. When no one would fund his movie-making habit, he started his own production company at age 17. When he needed to get through the Peruvian jungle for filming Fitzcarraldo, he forged official-looking documents for safe passage (they worked).

For every film, he did a thousand things to get the shot. He once won a poetry contest four times by entering under five different names, and directed major operas when he couldn’t read music.

Over the course of his career, the legendary filmmaker has doen it all, both as a documentarian and a director of fiction films. He has built a reputation for himself for his ability to have a distinctive voice in each of his films.

French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog “the most important film director alive.”

American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog “Werner has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting.”

His international breakthrough came in 1973 with hsi film Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in which Klaus Kinski played a crazed Conquistador. For The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Herzog cast in the lead a man who had spent most of his life institutionalized (yes you read that correctly), and two years later he hypnotized his entire cast to make Heart of Glass.

He rushed to an explosive volcanic Caribbean island to film La Soufrière, paid homage to F. W. Murnau in a terrifying remake of Nosferatu, and in 1982 dragged a boat over a mountain in the Amazon jungle for Fitzcarraldo.

More recently, Herzog has made extraordinary “documentary” films, such as Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzley Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

Werner Herzog said:
“Film School is way too expensive. You can learn the essentials of filmmaking, on your own, in two weeks.”

And with that statement he started a frenzy among indie filmmakers everywhere. So when a master like Werner Herzog holds a masterclass where he shares his knowledge of filmmaking and storytelling, it’s most definitely a class worth paying attention to. (FREE MASTERCLASS BELOW)



Go away.

June 2, 2016 at 6:51AM

Clark McCauley

Attention seeking, drone pilot alert!

June 2, 2016 at 4:57PM, Edited June 2, 4:57PM

Kyle Popovich
Editor, Writer, Director and DP

I have a theory.

AF = NinjaMonkey


But seriously, what gives Alex? I thought you were going to stop with the tagging?

June 4, 2016 at 7:58AM

John Haas

It looks like he posted this in the morning several hours before seeing/responding to the thread complaining about it.

June 4, 2016 at 10:25AM

Philip Heinrich
Director, Producer

Please don't feed the troll. Same guy, attacks people, doesn't contribute to discussion, seeks to end discussion. He is the center of attention

June 4, 2016 at 5:22PM


The internet has allowed for people to sell-out in amazing ways.

Not that I don't respect the hell out of Herzog, and not that I will stop respecting him, but due to the power of the internet to provide access to the masses of people (most importantly their pocket-book), our relationship with otherwise respected figures is now bought and sold.

I can't say if it's Herzog driving the ship himself, or if someone showed him what the payday would look like, but either way, once you see the $$$$$ figures that you could have in your bank account, it's hard to turn down (just like Hollywood stars who go into a blockbuster or un-funny comedy once they see all the zeroes on the check).

First, highly-skilled specialists often make for THE WORST teachers/educators. Second, "teaching" and "learning" can absolutely NOT happen remotely, nor within the framework of a "course". Teaching is a dynamic volley back and forth of interaction, assessment, and communication between multliple actors, requiring personal one-to-one evaluation. This is why apprenticeships have existed for 1000s of years. And why mammals raise and teach their young by modeling. It's as old as time, as inescapable and involuntary as your pupil narrowing in reaction to bright light. You will never change that. "Education is not a one way transmission of information. But universities/K-12/establishment education wouldn't have you believe that. They make too much money/possess too much mass-control to let that illusion go away. Which is why we are on the edge of an education bubble as we speak.

Pro-tip for post-modernity/modernity, if they have to advertise for it, it's a shiiit product and you should steer clear.

The information is all there already, for free.

(bigger hint: the internet doesn't have even close to "everything", 1000s of books in the library that you cannot even FIND, let alone buy, in physical locations and prints)

June 4, 2016 at 7:44PM, Edited June 4, 7:51PM


How is $90 free? Maybe he means the first video of the course. Thousands sign up, Herzog takes his cut and makes a documentary against capitalism and the internet, got it.

June 4, 2016 at 9:24PM


How exactly is this free? The link says $90

June 5, 2016 at 11:02AM


All spam for clickbait.

Looks like he is (was) into olive oil as well:


June 5, 2016 at 4:44PM, Edited June 5, 4:50PM

Cary Knoop


June 6, 2016 at 7:50AM, Edited June 6, 7:50AM

Jordan Mederich
Documentarian / Filmmaker

>>>First, highly-skilled specialists often make for THE WORST teachers/educators.

I disagree with this statement, as I find generalists often include "everything and the kitchen-sink" when they teach, and much of this is useless information you don't need to know. Being spoon-fed too much useless information makes people bored with the subject being taught.

I am a big believer in the "bare bones" method of teaching, where the student gets enough information to understand the problem and the solution, and then they MUST perform the solution themselves. So owning or having access to enough gear to be able to experiment with the information you've been taught is essential to the learning process. I would always choose to to teach with a 40 page bare-bones textbook over a 400 page "bore me to death" over-written with useless information textbook.

Highly skilled specialists can demonstrate their way of solving the problem, and if you understand their methods well enough you can discover your own solution to solving the same problem. Just put your brain in gear and go to work on finding your solution.

>>>Second, "teaching" and "learning" can absolutely NOT happen remotely, nor within the framework of a "course".

Again, I disagree with this statement. I would agree that it's easier to learn in an interactive learning environment where you can get immediate feedback on your attempts to solve the problem at hand. But often this is not possible given your location or the actual cost of getting hands-on interactive training. So online training might be the only viable solution for many of us.

I prefer to watch somebody demo their solution ( even if it's only a video ) than to read a textbook version of the same solution, because too often the textbook includes all kinds of useless crap that is not necessary to grasping how the solution works.

There are some great free YouTube tutorials ( like the 40+ Adobe Premiere tutorials from the "chinfat" YouTube channel ), but none of these are going to give me Werner Herzogs insights on how he works in film. If you are ready to learn from a master like Werner Herzog, then $90 is a steal to get the inside scoop on how he does things.

June 11, 2016 at 2:59PM, Edited June 11, 3:01PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Title should be changed or topic deleted. Just wasted my time. It costs $90.

September 2, 2016 at 11:56AM

Relaxation Video Creator

Guys and gals, you have to kind of dig down and read the whole article: there is a 90 minute masterclass on youtube, linked at the bottom of the article.


September 2, 2016 at 3:11PM

Lawrence Enos

Dude has experience in the film world and has found a way to get paid for his expertise through a website - where he puts out content that generates posts like this. Check.
Dude knows an audience of potential buyers for his product and tries to trade his info for some of this audience's time, and perhaps money too. Check.
Dude has written an article. Check.
Dude uses this website to branch his own website through the web, via content. Check.
What have you done today?

August 6, 2018 at 6:44AM

David Huxiley

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