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Find a Story You Love

Ron Howard

Lesson time 2:17 min

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.

Ron Howard
Teaches Directing
Ron Howard teaches directing, editing, and storytelling in 32 exclusive video lessons.
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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.

I'm a student in film school getting ready to do my bachelors degree project. In principle, my Acting & Directing teacher had already taught me the same lessons that Ron taught, but I learned more about applying it to film, rather than theatre. I don't really understand much about editing, but I have a better idea now.

I've learned many things, but especially been given action steps to think about that I can use in my own filmmaking.

This has been the most practical of the filmmaking MasterClasses I've taken on the site so far, and it helped that Ron Howard is an engaging personality who communicates very clearly and effectively. I feel that I learned a lot.

Loved it the only thing was the missing videos on Beautiful Mind look forward coming back and seeing those.


As a camera op and editor, this class was very insightful. I have many goals and responsibilities on every project, but the most paramount role is that of supporting the story and director's vision. I really enjoyed hearing Ron Howard's take on so many facets of his director role, and hope will add more content like this. I would LOVE to see content from directors of photography, too. So much to learn, and this is a great place for it.

Brenda L.

This class was phenomenal! I appreciated the in-depth detail Ron gave each lessons, particularly with the Frost/Nixon blocking. Thanks so much for for being so generous and genuine in your teaching Ron. Your teaching truly represents the definition of what is a "MasterClass"!

Juan Carlos E.

Woohoo! How much value and knowledge Mr. Howard has shared. I especially love his constant changes in perspective as a Director and as an Actor, which allows us to have a wide shot of his approach to direction and staging; but I also enjoyed his extreme close up to staging: a great technical advice while giving a deep sense of care for the story and the people involved in the process of making a movie. I would have loved it to have lasted much longer! Thank you! Big THANKS!

A fellow student

I thought it would have much more of the basics and fundamentals that could be referenced by someone who had zero experience and wanted to know how to even get started and find their way to the goal of directing. This was in my opinion best for people who have a fundamental understanding of the industry and craft and is seeking to perfect it. If I was a beginner, it would not be my 101 course...Camera Left/Right, A, B, Frames, etc and generally how to get started in the business in a way that would lead you to your dreams of directing. I guess that would be to basic for an accomplished vet to review but beginners should be aware and not have those expectations and go to film school first.

Alena A.

meticulously prepared, no important detail left out, I really appreciate how handy these classes have been

Peter R.

Terrific ... as a composer I especially loved your discussion about how to work with a composer. "Talk to him as if he is an actor."

A fellow student

The lessons were very detailed and expressive, the practical demonstration of the scenes from Nixon/Frost was really helpful. Rod Howard's mode of teaching is simply excellent. Thank you.

George B.

Mr. Howard's down to earth communication style is very engaging and oddly encouraging to me. I feel like my project IS possible. I hope that's a good thing.


I put up a video on IMDB that was inspired by this course. I did the sountrack first--then laid appropriate high quality Shutterstock video and changed into a scary Halloween sort of film. By changing the frame of reference I realized that I AM the Editor! I think it works, because I'm very near the original material, having played all the instruments, doing the arrangement, having the original concept and selecting the "Takes". Thanks Ron! This video is called "Her Eyes", and can be found on IMDB and IMDB PRO if one looks for Henry J Raymond.

Avanish P.

the sessions with actors and the camera on the sets were really helpful, in understanding various aspects to be taken care while shooting, overall the all the classes were very inspiring, and motivating, and helps as guideline for us to implement in the project we are working on.