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.

i loved the details of how to tell the story and all the different approaches.


There are so many nuggets given in this class. Ron has been one of my top 5 filmmakers whose filmography I’ve learn so much from. Having him break it all down in detail and hearing his thought process, was priceless.

Ron Howard is truly one of the great ones. Very enjoyable to watch and listen to him tell how he tells his stories.



Such a great opportunity to virtually be able to follow you around, watch you direct, hear what you think and learn. I've been on sets and had the opportunity to watch directors, but I loved being THIS CLOSE and then hearing you discuss everything that was going on afterwards. Thank you!

Susan T.

Thank you for this wonderful gift, Ron. It has been a truly enlightening and inspiring journey. I have been an admirer of yours since your early beginnings as Opie on the Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days and a big fan of all movies you have directed ... In my early years, I was enthralled with movies about the making of movies and aspired to be a great Director... I have worked in the Film and Television industry in Canada's Hollywood North (Toronto) in a variety of capacities during the 70s and 80s, and now thoroughly enjoyed how you have graciously shared your experience and wisdom with all who are fascinated by the magic and wonder of the big screen! It has been a great honour to sit in your Masterclass! I would love to meet you one day and give you a big hug!

Matthew B.

Exactly what I hope to take away from your Class. Reality is created by doing. 20 plus years of cold calling has taught me that too. Thanks for sharing your craft. I am inspired and will start working on the Lessons next

A fellow student

Undoubtedly brilliant! and absolutly inspiring! Having an experienced director like Mr. Howard sharing in such a humble way his knowledge is a unique opportunity. Thanks!

Joseph N.

This is my very first MasterClass and I am so fortunate to have sat here as a student of Ron Howard. Thank you Ron for sharing your insights and ideas so generously with the rest of us. You truly are a gifted creator and I wish you the best in your future work. Same to everyone else here, my fellow students!

Ricardo A.

This whole Masterclass concept is amazing, providing access to such talented and successful people! It´s a service to humanity. Thank you!

Carlos Cettillbjoern S.

The whole class, all the material presented , from beginning to end (chapter 1 to 32) , for me , has been one of the great experiences of my life. I am not into filming or related fields, but....yeah! Great. Thank you very much Ron for your extraordinarily way to explain and share. Tack så mycket! Verkligen! Carlos Cettillbjoern Sandskaer, SWEDEN

Peter M.

Ron, Thank for the spirit generosity with which you shared your knowledge. Your love of your work and curiosity is infectious.


Great class, I liked how he shared his personal experience and what goes on his mind when choosing his DOP, camera angles, and other technical stuff involved in film making!! you are an awesome teacher, I felt like i was listening to my friend and not just a lecturer. He is engaging and practical, and I like the way he also acknowledges other directors. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.

Mary S.

This class was such a contrast to Martin. Ron took the class on a journey to see how he does his job. It's complicated but with the right vision and equipment much is possible. Having been a student for most of my life you can tell good teachers. Ron Howard is a good teacher. This is a high bar that he has set and I hope that the other classes are as engaging. Good job Opie. Now I need to see the real scene from Frost/Nixon Love the idea that research is mentioned upfront as a key to preparation.