Chapter 18 of 18 from Jodie Foster



Jodie concludes her class with a note on the future of filmmaking, female filmmakers, and her final words of wisdom.

Topics include: Female Filmmakers · Just Do It

Jodie concludes her class with a note on the future of filmmaking, female filmmakers, and her final words of wisdom.

Topics include: Female Filmmakers · Just Do It

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking

In her first-ever online class, Jodie Foster teaches you how to bring stories from page to screen with emotion and confidence.

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Storytelling in action

Go behind the scenes with two-time Oscar-winner Jodie Foster, star of Silence of the Lambs and director of Little Man Tate. In her first online class, she’ll teach you how to bring your vision to life. Jodie brings her experience on both sides of the camera to guide you through every step of the filmmaking process, from storyboarding to casting and camera coverage. Everyone has a story. Learn how to tell yours.

From storyboarding your vision to collaborating with actors, learn filmmaking from an Oscar-winning Hollywood legend.

A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and access to exclusive supplemental materials from Jodie’s archive.

Upload videos to get feedback from the class. Jodie will also critique select student work.


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

As an actor of almost 40 years, I could relate to Jodie's perspective on directing and film making. I have a solid foundation of experience on the set, how it works and the roles of each member of the shoot behind and in front of the camera. More than anything I feel excited, encouraged and determined to do what I've wanted to do and worked towards, direct.

I have a newfound appreciation for directing & film making. It's a wonderful experience to learn from Jodie.

As a female myself, I feel incredibly inspired and moved by Jodie, her story, and her perspective in filmmaking. I feel humbled to have the chance to hear her speak and I'm excited to incorporate what I've learned as I experiment with my own filmmaking as I learn the ropes and come to find my own voice.

Extremely captivating in both content and Ms. Foster's personal character. Although I have no film ambitions, her insights into the movie world were always original, fun and informative. Thank you, Jodie!!!


John L.

Jodie is just phenomenal. As a producer and an actor myself, this was one of my two favorite Masterclasses, alongside the great Dustin Hoffman's. The magic that shoots forth from the screen when she smiles and when she speaks makes it so obvious why she is the legend she is. The combination of her vast experience at the top of the food chain as an actress mixed with her experience in the business overall makes her point of view especially interesting. I just wish that I get the opportunity to be directed by her one of these days. Masterclass, thank you for having the wisdom to have Jodie Foster as one of your Masterclasses teachers. Best, John Lewis Wonderfilm media

Tess G.

Excellent MasterClass and I learned so much. Nice to know that even experienced filmmakers still struggle with the things that are challenging me, as well.

Michèl N.

I really love to watch or listen to people sharing their experiences, especially in this case, when there is so much to pull from. However, after the "screenplay developing part" I had hoped that this story idea will lead through the rest of the classes as well. I would have loved to see this idea coming to live, taking a few actors, blocking the scene, checking out which edit might have a greater emotional impact. Sure, there were example clips (which is always better than just talking about it), but it would have been great for me personally, if the initial story idea would have been followed through. That it just "vanished" after a few classes made me miss something. I really like Jodie Foster as a human, as an actor and director, but as a "student" of this class I wish it would have taken a more hands-on approach later on. It seems the only experience in this regard we are getting from Ron Howard`s and Mira Nair`s class and that`s a pity. Dear MasterClass team, by and by you are gathering some amazing artists around the film-making subject, I really wish to see them at what they do, not just talk about what they are doing... ;-)

A fellow student

This whole process of filmmaking was fascinating. I really enjoyed it. Thank you!


LOVE this Masterclass on Film Making / Directing. I have done several other ones on Film Making, but having an opportunity to learn from a Female Film Maker and Award Winning Actress, it's just PRICELESS! Thank you.


How did I like this lesson? Informational contents of reality absorbed from the videos discombobulated all my sensibilities and in my exasperation dopamine surged in my nervous system to release a "Hallelujah" I feel so lucky right now. That explains the how, but that's not really a place I wanted to go. I just wanted to express a thank you . Thanks Jodie, the above was just for humour I really appreciated and enjoyed the series thank you :)

Elizabeth R.

I am proud to say that I worked for producer Scott Rudin as his story editor in feature film development when he gave Jodie her directorial debut with Little Man Tate and I read early drafts of the screenplay. However, the number of women in film has not changed in eleven years. Eleven years.

Elizabeth R.

Is it changing? Last I checked there are still only 4 percent of directors in film who are women.

PoojithaReddy G.

Thank you so much Jodie Foster for giving us real-time experience on virtual basis. 1. Communication and engaging with crew and cast - Table Reads. 2. Tips on working and getting performance from actors. 3. Pre-production is everything. 4. Important material - scheduling format, scene paper, and etc.... Thank you so much. Love and gratitude to Foster and the entire team of Master class.

Robert S. D.

Loved this Course will work with it again in a practical way in Spring/Summer, Masterclass please fix the diploma bug - watched all chapters many times over. Still can't have the diploma for the course. Thank you for the course though! Amazing work.


You know, I always say it's interesting. I've been in the business for 50-some years, and I've only made one movie with a female director. When I first started making films and television commercials, i never saw another woman's face. Occasionally, I would see a script supervisor, or maybe there was a makeup and hair artist, but other than that, it was just me and a bunch of guys. That was the world that we lived in. We didn't know any better. That's just how it was. Little by little, things changed. More technicians came into the fold. You know, you might see one technician come in, and then little by little, more technicians came up. And then you know, maybe writers or producers. And then, suddenly, there were studio heads that were women. Interestingly, that didn't change the landscape of women directors-- at least in America. The indie world, they started creeping in. Television, they started creeping in. But for some reason, women really had a hard time cracking mainstream movies-- I mean, mainstream-distributed films. That is all changing. We understand the reasons why psychologically, I think, it was difficult for the change to happen. I don't think it was a plot of some kind, that people were trying to keep us down and keep us out of the director role. I think that it was difficult for people in power, men and women, to conceive of women as more than just a risk. I think they saw, inherently, the choice of a woman director in a leadership role as a risk they were taking. Not really quite sure why women were more of a risk than men. But I think that was just the internalized prejudice. Now that there's an awareness about that, that is really shifting. I'm really proud to have been part of the few women in the business in my era. And I have to say I was given that opportunity because people knew me as an actor. And these old guys, these wonderful grandfather and father figures, pointed at me and said, you're my prodigal daughter. I trust you. I know you. You said you were going to come at 8:45, and you arrived at 8:45, and I trust that you're going to bring that movie in on time, and I trust that you have a vision and that you can communicate yourself, and that you're one of us. And I was given opportunities that other women were not given. And I'm grateful for that, but I also understand that I have a lot to give back. And I really want to encourage women to become directors and to assume their rightful leadership roles for the next generation of women filmmakers out there. If it's you, I hope that this is a more fertile place and time for you and for your stories. But I also know that, you know, this is a community. It's a community of brothers and fathers as well, who are waiting for your input, who are waiting for your influence. I was lucky. I had amazing fathers and brothers in this industry. And I was a girl who was raised without a dad, so I have a very fond feeling for these men that taught me everything...