From Ron Howard's MasterClass

Find a Story You Love

In his final lesson, Ron urges you to be open to the moments and experiences that inspire you, and to find a story that you love and tell it.

Topics include: Closing


In his final lesson, Ron urges you to be open to the moments and experiences that inspire you, and to find a story that you love and tell it.

Topics include: Closing

Ron Howard

Teaches Directing

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When you tune your antenna to the language of cinema, to moments, to feelings, you begin to experience the world in ways that inspire you. I even keep a notebook of odd moments that I've witnessed, that I've experienced, and I should do more of that. But if you begin to make films and think of those kinds of moments, you'll begin to see the world in a different way and a kind of an exciting way. So it sounds a little weird what I'm saying, but in reality it's kind of fun to be on the street, not working, and all of a sudden look and see somebody in a window, and they're talking to a friend, and they're talking about buying a toy, or a game, or a drink, or something like that. And you kind of say, wow, that's funny. Look at them. They're very entertaining. Look at that energy. Boy, if you shot them right through the window just from my vantage point, but maybe on a little longer lens so that you could pick up more details-- maybe about, oh, probably a 250 millimeter lens from here is what we'd need-- that would be a great shot. I hope I get to do a shot like that someday. It's fun. [MUSIC PLAYING] So that brings to an end my master class. I've found it fascinating sharing my process with you, and I've learned a few things. I hope you can say the same. But more importantly, I hope that this gives you the confidence to go out, find a story you love, and tell it. Have fun. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Direct your story

Ron Howard made his first film in 15 days with $300,000. Today, his movies have grossed over $1.8 billion. In his first-ever online directing class, the Oscar-winning director of Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind decodes his craft like never before. In lessons and on-set workshops, you’ll learn how to evaluate ideas, work with actors, block scenes, and bring your vision to the screen whether it’s a laptop or an IMAX theater.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Wonderful insights throughout. I will watch portions again and again. Thank you, Ron Howard!

A bit to broadbrush for younger people who can study filmmaking techniques via film hobbyists on YouTube, would prefer more technical breakdowns of each topic

it was great. i am actor writer producer venturing into directing. it has given me the confidence to know that I probably know a lot more than i thought. i just need to apply it.

Just started and into the first two far, impressed as hell... can't wait to learn more from such a great master.


Sophia T.

Loved every second of this class on every level conceivable. What a privilege <3

Kenneth F.

Wonderful class, Ron. Definitely feel better about experimenting, listening to my instinctual feelings and having the confidence to try-try-try until it works.

Danny B.

So now we know what a Director is. Now I'm wondering what is a Producer and where does the role of Producer fit in with a Director. Who wins the argument when the two are working together on the same film? Was any of this discussed in a particular section of the Master Class that perhaps I missed?

Dorothy D.

I am a writer and editor but in each of the lessons, I learned so much about the director's craft that applies to my own. This last lesson encourages me to find the story that inspires me from the viewpoint of my own work, but also from the lens, the music, the characters, the blocking, and editing. It broadened my scope for editing other peoples' work and my own. Great job!

Yucel Y.

Interesting and not so surprising that Ron learned from putting together a class. Class act Ron. Thank you.

A fellow student

Ron Howard's class is way-way better than Martin Scorsese's class. Martin's class feels like a memoir, but I actually learnt something very very useful in Ron's class. Thank you, Ron Howard.

Maria A.

Incredible class, teaching and knowledge. I honestly feel like I just completed 4 years of film school.

Paireac K.

Great class. Enjoyed every minute of it. By far the best class I've taken on Directing. Thanks, Ron.


I really loved Howard's Class! Thank you very much for sharing your process about directing movies

Shawn L.

When Ron was filming the movie Cocoon down in my hometown, Saint Petersburg, Florida. I was almost killed searching for the house they were filming in down in the "Point." My family lost track of me in the mangroves and I fell into a large pile of fire ants. I was only several years old. That day I almost died, now I have authored a book, "Angelic Messenger: A Man's Quest to Become an Angel of God, and I'm writing now on my fifth screenplay. I start school next year for Directing. I absolutely love Ron Howard.