From Martin Scorsese's MasterClass

Developing Your Style

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.

Topics include: Let Your Style Reveal Itself • Develop Visual Literacy • Designing a Film on Paper • Experiment with Other Forms of Filmmaking • Using Voice-over

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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.

Topics include: Let Your Style Reveal Itself • Develop Visual Literacy • Designing a Film on Paper • Experiment with Other Forms of Filmmaking • Using Voice-over

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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.

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

Terrific! This class and that of David Mamet are worth the annual price of admission alone. I already write/produce/direct for the major networks in LA and find great comfort in knowing that even the icons of the art form encounter the same issues, fears and feelings of inadequacy.

This course helped me refocus on what was important as a filmmaker. It also served as a great reminder that my company is moving in the right direction despite having the film school stigma attached to its founders.

Knowing the details and importance of various aspects about film making in a finer way.

Good advice and insight about filmmaking from an overall perspective.

Comments

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.

EK T.

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.

A fellow student

Does anyone by chance know what Mr Scorsese mean by “2 frame black liter slug” when referring to the tools you can use to condense time? Any examples or links anyone can refer to me?

Jo E.

Loved this class, I'm using voice over in my screenplay so I found his information on the subject particularly interesting...!

Ross

I don’t disagree that it’s always better to hire a trained storyboard artist but there is a program that can do exactly what you are asking. It’s called Frameforge.com and no I am not a paid advertisement for that company but I am a Director and have often wanted to do the boards myself even thou my drawing skills are not as up to snuff as a professional board artist. Check it out. It might be useful to you.

Gene B.

Yes, now it's more apparent that storyboarding plays a crucial role in the process of filmmaking and create a film you visualize it to be. Plus, finding your own style is important, as it makes your films distinctive and makes​ a trademark to the audiences that this style is just your style of filmmaking.

Chetan A.

Loved the line - "There was movement after the cut was made". We usually see the movie as whatever is happening in front of our eyes. Martin is thinking about what is not happening in front of our eyes. Beautiful.

Jamie V.

A phrase I often use is, "Plus the boards." How can we make the shot(s) better / or the best? Storyboards are great tools but always think outside the frame.