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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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.

You see a Scorsese film, you experience in many instances, real, harsh life. What I have learned listening and watching Scorsese is a man with compassion but determination to bring life stories to the screen. He is an artist who admires others art, and is constantly learning.

This one really achieved the goals that all these classes should. There's information for amateurs, pros, - for everyone here and it is well laid out and Scorcese is a brilliant and literate guy. Even the specifics he presents are relevant to everyone - part of that is the subject matter but still - one of the best on the site.

I absolutely loved just sitting and listening to the great Martin Scorsese tell stories about his various productions. I, myself, am more interested in writing than in film production, but I found this class to be incredibly insightful nonetheless.

Amazing talk but had trouble following for long periods of time. I love Scorsese's work but he is too brilliant to talk at my level. 😂


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.

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.