Hello and welcome. \r\n\r\nWe're shooting this class in a place called Alice Tully Hall. \r\n\r\nIt's on the corner of 65th Street and Broadway in Manhattan at Lincoln Center. \r\n\r\nAnd it means a great deal to me. \r\n\r\nIt has a lot of significance for me, because every fall this is where the New York Film Festival takes place. \r\n\r\nAnd when I was young, I came to the festival every year to see pictures from all over the world. \r\n\r\nSometimes I was able to get in the press screenings, because I had a couple of short films shown in the first few festivals. \r\n\r\nWe saw new work from great filmmakers like Luis Bunuel, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Nagisa Oshima. \r\n\r\nSo many remarkable movies and we were all just enthralled by the movies coming from all over the globe in those days. \r\n\r\nAnd as we went and absorbed those pictures, we were receiving an education. \r\n\r\nIt wasn't the reverse. \r\n\r\nWe didn't set out to make a study of anything. \r\n\r\nWe were immersed and entranced and on fire. \r\n\r\nAnd the education just naturally followed. \r\n\r\nAnd 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. \r\n\r\nSo if you're intrigued by movie making as a career, this isn't the class for you. \r\n\r\nBut 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. \r\n\r\nBecause 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. \r\n\r\nSo I'm going to be speaking personally and that's the only way I can speak about making movies. \r\n\r\nI'm not going to give you a blueprint. \r\n\r\nThere are no shortcuts. \r\n\r\nI'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. \r\n\r\nYou can be inspired. \r\n\r\nYou can learn about cameras and sound equipment, editing tools, but in the end it's just you. \r\n\r\nAnd that's what you have to guard. \r\n\r\nThat's what's precious. \r\n\r\nSo I'm Martin Scorsese and this is my master class.