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Arts & Entertainment

Directing Actors

Martin Scorsese

Lesson time 9:35 min

Martin teaches you the importance of getting in front of the camera as a director. You'll also learn how to build a trusting relationship with your actors, how to make time for them to experiment, and when to stop talking and start to shooting.

Martin Scorsese
Teaches Filmmaking
In 30 lessons, learn the art of film from the director of Goodfellas, The Departed, and Taxi Driver.
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Study with Scorsese

Martin Scorsese drew his first storyboard when he was eight. Today he’s a legendary director whose films from Mean Streets to The Wolf of Wall Street have shaped movie history. In his first-ever online film class, the Oscar winner teaches his approach, from storytelling to editing to working with actors. He deconstructs films and breaks down his craft, changing how you make and watch movies.


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

Persevere on even when it seems impossible. Work with good people, people who understands your vision. When you don't know don't be afraid to ask. Hang on to your passion, the spark and tell your story.

I am shooting a feature this year and I AM SCARED TO DEATH!!!! But off to work.

I improved my knowledge on filmmaking by learning from one of the masters!!!

Always wanted a class from Scorsese! It was awesome


Rik Z.

This is an amazing lesson. It underlined something I have experienced myself.

Robert H.

I believe that it is very important to let the actor bring some of him or herself to the part. As an actor it is necessary to make the character yours.

Antonia T.

I love the respect, admiration and patience that Martin shows with his actors. Also, this quote (that applies also to music -playing with other people- not only cinema): "And if it's a matter of shooting it, by the time you're discussing , you could shoot it. And use it or not".

Teddy W.

Different director have the different way to direct the actors. The most difficult part is when shooting out of sequence, because the budget or something else. The actor or actress need have the ability to immediately get into the story. So do it first then check the footage, and then director give him or her some advice, then shoot, sometime, I think there is really too much discussion. Shoot! Don't forger editing will change the acting.

A fellow student

...Next year I am shooting my first feature film on a Low to No budget bases and I found MARTIN SCORSESE master class INSPIRING. Thank you Martin!!!

Alexander N.

Scorsese is one of the best in making movies. I don't know if we should expect from him be as cool to teach nuances...

Franco B.

What I found interesting about this lesson is the mention of how the film is reshaped in the edit. I'm an editor working in documentaries, where the stories are largely made in the edit, certainly in terms of structure and form. I've always assumed that with drama the stories are mapped out to a much greater detail before they reach the edit, but in this video Martin alludes to the fact that he's reshaping a lot in the edit, at least for some films. Does anyone know more on this, either with Martin's films, or with other examples of well known films that were reworked in a big way during the editing process? I may be jumping the gun here, as I'm sure there is aclass later in the course that explores this specifically.

Andrea R.

It´s a great lesson that Martin teaches of allowing the actor/actress to explore and even make mistakes. The effect this has on people is amazing, the actor feels empowered and many fears go away.

Juan Pablo M.

In the last short film I did I have an actor in mind for the main character. For some reasons this actor couldn`t be part of the project so we had to find another actor. All the actors that could work wheren´t available to do the part, so I chose an actor who wasn´t my first option and who I didn´t know. At the beggining he was very nervous so I decided to spend more time in talks about the character and story, and in rehersals too. Little by little he could appropiate the character and did a great job in front of the camera. Was his first time as a main character in a short film and he did it very well. But we madeit because we dedicate so much time to work before shooting and because we had given ourselves the chance to try and fail until find what we wanted from the character and the story. Great lesson.

George C.

This masterclass is terrible, I have to say it... how is this a product or a service??? Martin was just in the right place, in the right time. His attitude is way too distant from reality. Did he even prepare anything for this "class"?