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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Renowned Filmmaker Werner Herzog Will Teach Online Filmmaking Class

Renowned Filmmaker Werner Herzog Will Teach Online Filmmaking Class

Pre-enrollment opens today for Herzog's Filmmaking MasterClass

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Online education platform MasterClass announced today that legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog will teach an online filmmaking class and that pre-enrollment is now open at One of the most influential film directors alive, the Academy Award®-nominated director has produced, written, and directed over 70 feature and documentary films.

Herzog's MasterClass will focus on the art of both feature and documentary filmmaking. Herzog will teach how he captures the scary, beautiful, and spectacular. Lessons include storytelling, financing, leading a crew, cinematography, working with actors, locations, editing, and documentary interview techniques. Pre-enrollment is open to everyone and the class will become available this summer.

In 1961, Herzog made his first film at the age of 19 with a stolen camera. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than 70 feature and documentary films, such as Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu (197), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Lessons of Darkness (1992), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), My Best Fiend (1999), Invincible (2000), Grizzly Man (2005), Rescue Dawn (2006), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), and Queen of the Desert (2015). In 2009, Herzog was named one of the 100 most influential people on the planet by Time Magazine.

Launched by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen in 2015, MasterClass makes it possible for anyone to learn from the best by making online classes from world-class instructors. Their current roster of courses available includes Christina Aguilera (singing), Kevin Spacey (acting), Usher (performance), Serena Williams (tennis), James Patterson (writing), and Dustin Hoffman (acting). Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available online for purchase at for $90 each.

"Ultimately, my own goal is to be a good soldier of cinema and if I can inspire one or two of you out there, to become a good soldier, then I have done everything I should do here," said Werner Herzog, MasterClass instructor.

"Werner is, without a doubt, one of the greatest filmmakers, ever. Not only is his understanding, knowledge and experience in the craft unparalleled, but he is fearless. He inspires, pushes, and teaches you how to see the world differently and then capture it for an audience," said CEO and Co-Founder David Rogier of MasterClass.

"Werner Herzog vibrantly and charismatically communicates what he knows about filmmaking, leadership, perseverance, and humanity. The class will save you from personally having to drag a ship over a mountain in the Amazon, or go to Antarctica in the freezing cold, or save two-hundred monkeys from being shipped out of Peru, while still getting the benefit of his learnings from over half a century of making acclaimed films," said Co-Founder, Creative Director, and CTO Aaron Rasmussen of MasterClass.

San Francisco-based MasterClass was founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen on the idea that everyone should have access to genius. MasterClass makes it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to learn from the best through immersive online classes from the world's best authors, actors, performers, athletes, filmmakers and more. For more information, please visit

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