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Developing Your Style

Martin Scorsese

Lesson time 14:34 min

Martin teaches the tenets of visual literacy and elaborates on the hallmarks of his style, including previsualization with storyboards, the use of voice-over, and the influence of documentary on his feature films.

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.

Loved his class, liked his insight and knowledge that he had to share with us. As well as the examples that he shared long with his teaching

As a fan of Martin Scorsese's films and his career and standing in the industry, I was very pleased to have taken this Masterclass.

I like the fact that Martin is very honest about the process, he reminds us that no technology will make films for us, and its up to us to do it anyway. I'm inspired.

Confirmed many ideas I had about film and pointed out things I had never thought of. Wonderful class. Wonderful teacher.


kenna C.

Developing my own style is always a challenge. I always wanna follow my inspirations and do what the famous directors do but I also want to be different from everyone else. Understanding that its a matter of telling of who I am and what I am trying to portray through the film is very helpful in finding my style!

Matthew B.

I very much like Voice Overs. Just rewatched Casino the other day. Masterful work by Mr Deniro on the Voice Over. Sharon Stone should have got he Oscar ?

Dan U.

Scorcece and I likely spelled his name wrong has the artist’s instincts which is a necessary tool as a director. He knows what works , creatively, to make a scene visually and verbally poignant. It just feels right and adds credibility to a scene to expose a mood or what makes a character tick. He also goes into discourse however what he has revealed to us thus far is violent themes. Does he have other talents? I don’t care to watch people dressed in trunks beating the crap out of eachother. In fact, if it were up to me, I’d outlaw it.

Teddy W.

Let your style reveal itself means JUST shooting the film! Forget what the style is. Just shoot.Word is kind of image. But first you need to figure out word in film is not the word in literature. For beginner of filmmaker, use words and voiceover is not a good way to tell story, because it's easy way, visual think need image and sound. At the beginning of my training, my mentor asked us just use image and sound, even not allow use music. At digital time you can easy get the camera, your phone, your DSLR camera, you can shoot anytime anywhere, but before you making a feature film, you better do a lot of documentary. It helps you find the really world and the human being.


Where do we draw the line between cinematographic artistic expression and cinematographic “Fordism” and Taylorism” that aims mass consumption


I truly believe in the power of voice over ,nowadays I think its overused, lazy in images. That's my thought.

Philip H.

Working on a short film right now... Would some one like to give a honest critique on it? Could share link...

A fellow student

I love this man. Humble but so knowledgeable. I feel so grateful to learn from him.


If anyone can truly say they don't know what their style is it is Mr. Scorsese. It's hard to believe the same man who directed New York New York directed Goodfellas.

Chris L.

I am amazed to learn that Socrates thought writing was a bad idea that would implant forgetfulness.