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Martin Scorsese

Lesson time 03:55 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.

I've learned what I already knew, but from a different perspective. Mr. Scorsese and I are much a like when it comes to working on films and now it really is time to get to work. Thank you.

I have learnt small steps I need to take in order to break down the components of making a picture. There is inspirational material here and knowledge that manifests itself into the process. This class has challenged me to think creatively. Thank you.

Advices that only a person with a big experience like him can give.

Just an incredible opportunity to have the change to hear from one of the greats in the industry, and get some of his insights and wisdom. I've learned that the fundamentals of film making doesn't really chance, even in Hollywood. An overall motivating class.



Scorsese, is honest to God, my favorite director of all time. From Goodfellas to Hugo, to Raging Bull to The Departed, he is a master creative visionary and storyteller. However, that is not the same for his teaching style. Maybe he didn't really want to do the masterclass or was sick, but his apathy for this video was quite evident. All I heard were stories from him that I've read in his books and online before. I experienced very little analysis on scene breakdown, received no guidance on how to convey my creativity through the lens of a camera/shot, little to no advise on how editing breaks up and causes a story to flow (something most of his films are masterful at). It pains me to my core to say this, but I would not recommend this MC to anyone. Whether for a lack of preparation or miscommunication on what a customer/student expects from an MC; Scorsese is a once in a generation director, but teaching does not seem to be his strength.

Richard B.

I just completed the course, and it is truly wonderful. Knowing Scorsese's work, I knew it would be. But his soft-spoken, genuine honesty and passion surprised me. And his willingness to share reached me deeply. An excellent course and a great inspiration!

Ainur S.

Why all my classes don't work? I can't watch video during several week. My Internet is good.

shanay R.

He feels so authentic and passionate about this class and filmmaking as a whole. Excited to hear about his journey!

kenna C.

This made me so excited about filmmaking!! The inspiration in this video got me pumped!

Antonia T.

Wow. Very inspiring words. I love cinema. So excited to take this masterclass! Thanks, Martin!

Florence S.

This introduction made me reflect on the fact that my voice is a key tool on this journey. Film making is not centered on making comparatively better pictures than others, or about winning awards - it is to tell a story in it's authentic and pure form.

Paris D.

I'm looking forward to learn a lot from this cinema - master! Let the journey begin!

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.