From Martin Scorsese's MasterClass


Meet your new instructor: Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese. Martin explains the goals of his MasterClass and talks about the importance of staying true to yourself on your filmmaking journey.

Topics include: Introduction


Meet your new instructor: Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese. Martin explains the goals of his MasterClass and talks about the importance of staying true to yourself on your filmmaking journey.

Topics include: Introduction

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Hello and welcome. We're shooting this class in a place called Alice Tully Hall. It's on the corner of 65th Street and Broadway in Manhattan at Lincoln Center. And it means a great deal to me. It has a lot of significance for me, because every fall this is where the New York Film Festival takes place. And when I was young, I came to the festival every year to see pictures from all over the world. Sometimes I was able to get in the press screenings, because I had a couple of short films shown in the first few festivals. We saw new work from great filmmakers like Luis Bunuel, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Nagisa Oshima. So many remarkable movies and we were all just enthralled by the movies coming from all over the globe in those days. And as we went and absorbed those pictures, we were receiving an education. It wasn't the reverse. We didn't set out to make a study of anything. We were immersed and entranced and on fire. And the education just naturally followed. And that's the way it is when you're pursuing an obsession, when you're going where you're drawn to go, where you have to go, as opposed to where you think it might be fun to go or where you think you should go. So if you're intrigued by movie making as a career, this isn't the class for you. But if you need to make movies-- a movie-- if you feel like you can't rest until you've told this particular story that you're burning to tell in moving images and sounds, then I could be speaking to you. Because that's who I was when I started making pictures, and when I made Mean Streets and showed it here in this theater for the first time to the public and the New York Film Festival audience in 1973. So I'm going to be speaking personally and that's the only way I can speak about making movies. I'm not going to give you a blueprint. There are no shortcuts. I'm going to give you some practical advice along the way, but the most important thing I can convey to you is that you always have to find your own way. You can be inspired. You can learn about cameras and sound equipment, editing tools, but in the end it's just you. And that's what you have to guard. That's what's precious. So I'm Martin Scorsese and this is my master class.

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.

that rigid formula isn't the key to success bu rather using our knowledge and skills in tune with our instincts, vision and our visual literacy is the key to evocative filmmaking.

Thank you Martin for your gracious account and overview of art in film.

This class was like you ran into Martin right before you started shooting and asked "Do you have any advice before I start shooting?"

This was my favourite Masterclass thus far. Martin is sitting there talking to you as if he was sharing stories after dinner. Cosy and relax, in control. He tells you, even if it's scary... get up and do it anyways. Find your own way. I love it.


Kelvin R.

He spoke to me. I have that “one” story that needs to be told. I won’t be able rest until it is.

Jesse R.

I saw a robert deniro film with this guy directing it, had to figure out who the mastermind behind that was an here he is, in the flesh. waddaya know

Emma-Scott T.

Intriguing introduction. I am taking this class because I don't know who I would be without stories, I see the world through a lens and the fire inside of me needs to be fueled!

A fellow student

I didn’t learn anything in this class except I have to figure it out myself.

Natalie F.

"In the end, it's just you... and that's what you have to guard. And that's precious." To hear such a successful and accomplished director say this means so much. Thank you! So excited!

Partha B.

I have always like Scorsese's intensity and forthright way to speak through his films. I sensed the same in his introductory talk here. Look forward to learn from this great master.

Alexis J.

Great intro, mostly I am taking this class because I have a passion for film. Being my favorite director of all time, this class was a must to learn about how some of my favorite films were made and how HE has navigated throughout career. I’m also very excited to learn some of this practical advice as I would like to one day make a film (I am currently writing a script that I hope to finish soon)! So let’s see where this course takes me! Long Live Martin Scorsese.

Eric C.

Very nice Intro ! I wasn't really expecting it. I think Martin Scorsese is a great film director but I'm not mostly attracted by his sort of films. I (stupidly) wasn't necessarily expecting this short, simple, humble intro - which nevertheless said one essential thing : "It's just you". Thanks !

Rich T.

Enjoyed these classes very much and took down many notes. One of the greats.

Pedro W.

Loved so many films by Martin Scorsese now he's in front of me explaining all that stuff! Very cool :)