Lee is a renowned pioneer of the online video essay form (creative, critical digital remixes of footage from the audiovisual works they treat), with well over 200 such works to his name.
Recently, he and others at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have developed a form of filmmaking they call Desktop Documentary, which uses screen capture technology to treat the computer screen as both a camera lens and a canvas. Desktop documentary seeks both to depict and question the ways we explore the world through the computer screen.
The Masterclass straddled a screening of TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE (2014), Lee’s innovative essay film in this idiom. The ‘Premake’ produced and studied viral fan footage of the making of Michael Bay’s blockbuster TRANSFORMERS 4: THE AGE OF EXTINCTION and examined the ways in which this operated as a public publicity vehicle for the film.