Film & TV

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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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.

That was amazing! Great words from a master of cinema. Love the ending. Hope there might be a second helping?!

This has been an amazing masterclass. Film making always seemed scary and so far to reach that it seemed impossible. Yes, there's a lot of technical stuff to learn, but what Mr Scorsese has reminded me is that the most important element in making a truthful film is me. That is the most important lesson in this masterclass.

I cannot express how I have come alive inside from sitting and listening to this stream of wisdom and insight. I feel like a wise uncle who I've always admired just gave me the secret to his moxie...and who knew, God could teach you to be God too. I'm as ready as I'll ever be, which is not ready at all. But I'm going anyway. Thank you!

I was skeptical after the first few because the teaching style seemed a bit vague, but I soon came to realized that that was intentional, an in the end not only valued not being steered, but found it empowering. Additionally, I appreciated all the films cited throughout the class and will look to those for further learning.



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.

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...!


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 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.