Film & TV

Finding Your Way

Martin Scorsese

Lesson time 1:29 min

In his parting words of wisdom, Martin encourages you to find your own way and never lose sight of the creative spark that inspires you on each film.

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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Well, that's the end of my MasterClass. And I want to go back to where we began and say, once again, that you have to find your own way. I mean, there are no manuals, no shortcuts, no secrets. You write your own manual. You develop your own shortcuts. You find your own secrets. You go where you're drawn to go and you learn by doing the work. I mean, if you're scared, if it all seems too daunting, if the machinery of it all seems too big and scary and overwhelming, that's great. You wake up in the morning and you do it anyway. If it seems impossible, that's even better. You do it anyway. And as you go, like I said, remember that amidst all that machinery, you're the one who's going to make the picture. It's just you and the thing that sparked you to make the film. You and the spark-- in the end, they're one and the same. You guard that, because it's precious. Now it's time to get to work. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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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.

Great class. Very motivational. I was pretty inspired by some of the themes that this class showed insight on. Despacito 2.

Very interesting to hear this story. Not to applicable to me personally. I sometimes didnt follow when he was explaining things, could have been a bit clearer. But overall, very good!

Just do it! Do it your own way. Learn the grammar of film, learn from other filmmakers and how they've been successful (or failed). But, in the end, do it and keep doing it. Find the people you can trust to work with, that's so important. Work with them again and again.

One of the most inspiring experiences I have ever had in art itself. I could not believe how intimate the lessons were in regard to his process, hopes, and failures. I'm an actor and have always wanted to make a movie on my own, and now I believe I have the tools to do so.


Jorge B.

Amazing, outstanding!! watching , hearing and listening a master storyteller, filmmaker, film guru and living legend like MARTIN SCORSESE is a privilege. I am truly honored to be part of the generation that grew up watching and idolizing his films. Each and every film he has made is related to my life story. Thank you for this life changing opportunity to be closer to an idol of mine.

Alessandro G.

Thank you Martin for your guidance and wisdom. I have finished my short film while taking your class. Here is the Facebook link for anyone who is interested. Please follow!

Nicholas M.

Martin confirmed what I always thought, so that cinema is faith, you must have faith in the story you need to tell. The camera is a machinery, but the film is you. You and the spark.


Thank you so much!.. You can listen Martin for hours and hours, he has so much to give. I have to watch all the films he refers to. Legend.

Michelle A.

Fascinating! This man is a legend and he's seen so many changes in the industry over the years.


I found all of Mr Martin Scorsese’s lessons to be insightful to me as an up & coming film actress. Everybody has their work cut out for them. Sometimes, actors don’t understand how it would all work together... However, that is the work of the Director to take a script, map out a POA (plan of action) and run with it. Great show and tell movie clips. Scorsese’s is truly an amazing Director. Thanks for the great lessons and advice (and may I only retain what I must know).

Marco P.

Great end for this Masterclass, it was incredible to share with Scorsese all this time, it was a privilege. Thank you sir for all your knowledge, but above all for encourage me to find my way.

Maurizio P.

I hope To see other masterclasses of Martin Scorsese! Next time maybe see him in action doing even a minute of a video! Would be great! Great Class!

Matt H.

And if it looks impossible, that's even better!!! LOL ...I like that, spoke to my soul. And just for everybody to know, for God to know, nooooooo...Kristy Martin did not drop me, pfftt!! I dropped her. Con-artist, thief, liar and a whore...cost me some keys scenes in a major in theaters movie w David Bowie and super talent Vanessa Hudgens. The abuser, clipped my wings so I could never work again, work for, or make money for anyone else, and she takes all my residual checks, cause she knows I'm too poor and have no defense. Mental cry for JUSTICE. ...or maybe I just got completely hussled and they were plotting my suicide a long time ago. The agent who has talent comitt suicide, and she seems to be ok with that... crocadile tear$$$$$$... ...I get no respect. Where is the love? Where is God? "You coulda looked after me a little bit...I coulda had class... I learned this from Marlon Brando's autobio...when someone says "trust me" in the entertainment biz, what they are really saying is "f*ck you." And they say they are a "Christian" and "trust me" you'd never notice her/him stealing from you the whole entire time. She would drink 6-packs of tall boy beers and smoke weed everyday while making important decisions of my career, or made no decisions at all and I lost a really good scene in a movie that actually comes out in theaters...she didn't care, only the cheap commercial fast money. What a crook.

Matt H.

This is definitely the coolest class I have ever taken. It's beautiful, so beautiful. Scorsese does it again!