From Hans Zimmer's MasterClass


Listen to Hans' final words as he closes out his MasterClass and as you move forward in your career.

Topics include: Final Thoughts


Listen to Hans' final words as he closes out his MasterClass and as you move forward in your career.

Topics include: Final Thoughts

Hans Zimmer

Teaches Film Scoring

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I hope you never to this stage, because I hope somewhere, a few hours ago you went, forget about this guy chatting to me about how to do things. I am just going to go and do things because I can't sit in this chair anymore, I got to go and do some music. Because I think that's what it all comes down to. This crazy, burning desire to get up. You've just got to bed at 4:00 in the morning when you get an idea and you get up and you rush downstairs to the piano because you now have to go and play. And it doesn't matter that you are waking up the neighbors and the police is coming around. Here's what old guys like me know. The seconds of your life are ticking away and they're better spent doing it than listening to me. And I wish you were already writing away at something. This has been a life full of music full of adventure and great conversations. This is the other thing, you get great conversations with directors. The weird thing about directors is they actually, most of them, they can tell you things that you never imagined. They can tell it to you in a way that inspires. So always listen to your directors. Thank you and good night. [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING]

Tell a story with music

Hans Zimmer didn’t see a film until he was 12 years old. Since then, he’s scored over 150 films, including Inception, The Lion King, and The Dark Knight. In his MasterClass, the self-taught Academy Award-winner teaches how he creates sounds from nothing, composes compelling character themes, and scores a movie before ever seeing it. By the end, you’ll have everything you need to start film scoring.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Best Masterclass Yet. He is very entertaining to listen to and to motivate.

I found Hans' MasterClass invaluable. His key message of everything being about the story really resonated with my own sensibilities, and I was very happy that this was a MasterClass that wasn't a "how-to" but was a "why so."

I learned that we all are here to create and capture magic.

Helpful insight to the aspects of film composition. The information given is far different then traditional classical composition programs. This class was a positive experience, and I would recommend it to fellow composition students.


A fellow student

Unlike many of the reviews here, I was dissappointed For $90, I got to hear Hans Zimmer talk. And talk. And talk. What I expected was Hans showing me things. Hans spends a lot of time talking about how to score a scene, or how to break the rules, or how to keep ideas flowing. But he never demonstrates any of these things. I expected Hans to say, "In Inception, I played a slow tune rather than a fast tune." And then you'd expect him to play that portion of the movie and let you see exactly what he is talking about. But he never actually gives you the SHOW part of the Show and Tell. It is all Tell. And more Tell. Examples make a huge difference when talking about ideas and I wanted examples. Although Hans Zimmer is one of the all time great movie composers and although I enjoyed seeing and hearing him, as a course I thought this was rather mediocre. Certainly not worth $90. At least not for me.

Daniel D.

Here as a filmmaker, and anything but a musician. Surprisingly, this is the first class I've finished and it was such a breeze with Hans' anecdotes and humble non-technical approach. I now have such an appreciation for and basic understanding of composing in films that I completed lacked beforehand. You can bet my next picture will make major strides in this department. I'm already fortunate enough to be in contact with the right people, but now I feel I've learned a language I can properly communicate with them in on a level that will lead to bigger and better things. Thanks Mr. Zimmer!

Emad S.

I learned a lot; not only about music and composing music, but also about life. Now I'm more determined than ever to become a professional musician. Thank you.

Yousef B.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mr. Hans for this amazing, astonishing, magical Master Class. From the first session to this last session (Closing) it was absolutely Awesomely ( inpisring ). No words can express or describe. Many thanks and best regards for you with more & more creativity.

Arafat M.

Thanks to Mr.Hans Zimmer & Master Class Team... The journey was amazing <3

Stephanie J.

I'm working on my first scoring project, and I found this to be extremely helpful! Hans's focus on Story and on conversations with the Director helped me move emphasis from fear about writing something signature to me, to writing something to engage with the film itself. I also appreciate the in-depth look at his "diaries" -- this provided a helpful roadmap for me.

Lawrence W.

Thank you for sharing and giving us a glimpse at your process and your life experience in the music industry. Also, nice outro music.

Mike S.

Thank you, Hans Zimmer and Masterclass staff. I found the class insightful, practical, and entertaining!

Carl F.

Thank you Hans! This MasterClass has been most inspiring, and I'll keep your words of wisdom with me for the rest of my life.

Kenneth S.

That... was amazing. In the end, Hans you're story and enlightening the film and music industry is very inspiring. I found myself picking up the guitar (I play jazz) just to play, and I don't feel guilty about the urge to play and write... I feel great! Lot's to review... but lot's to work on too! Hans, thank you SO much, I owe you one!