Film & TV


Martin Scorsese

Lesson time 3:30 min

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.

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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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.

Well, the work of Martin Scorsese has been crucial in my appreciation of film. In a way, I owe almost everything I know about film to him and his passion to preserve and value the film medium. as a very importan means of expression. So this has been one of the most gratifying experiences in a new medium and to use it learn about filmamaking as an art. The best.

Martin Scorsese's Masterclass has been a fun adventure of re-discovering my passion for filmmaking. Every lesson I felt more inspired and confident to try things on my own and really go for it. It's been a great experience!

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!

A lot of things I thought are not normal and is due to my shortcomings as a director, turned out to be common problems happening even to the best of the directors. I learned a lot, but to sum it up: Simplicity is key, story is the most important, that has to be your main focus, and never give up, it is always gonna be hard.


Alena A.

recognizing if you have a calling to be a director or not - brilliant. the whole course is worth taking just to get to this vital piece of information

A fellow student

I cant find subtitles. If it’s not an option, you definitely need to add it.

A fellow student

When I was a kid, I always felt something from every movie I watched, and I still do. I always put myself within the story each time I watch a new film. I begin to get heavily inspired after watching films, and think about the elements afterwards and think how to story worked out so well, and piece things together. I'm looking forward to this class, and hope it will expand my mind even more.

Teddy W.

When I watch movies, I always want to learn something from it. Almost forget the first reaction to the movie, how I feel to it. After watch this first class, I know the important thing is how you feel about these movies. Not analyze them just watch and enjoy. Movie is media for to tell your story to the world. Maybe you use the movie tell the audiece how you see this world, your unique POV, share your experience of the life.

Pétainguy M.

I wish a huge success to the MasterClass site. The first choice of masters taken makes me very happy, because teachers I sometimes met and I appreciated for their humanity.

Pétainguy M.

I met Martin during the time of Kundun filming in Morocco. I was surprised by his simplicity and the care that he gives to others, even an insignificant figurant as me.

Adreina M.

I'm just starting Masterclass today. I'm extremely excited! Although, I do wish they allowed watchers to cast the video to the tv. I'm surprised this isn't an option.

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!