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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.

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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.



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

I've learned invaluable lessons on how to direct actors and bring out the essence of a scene. Thank you, Ron.

I learned a lot of practical information about movie industry environment, how they are working and how to be open for new ideas. I think now that the collaboration is very handy tool to improve your way of telling the story.

An excellent class that showed how complex and how difficult it is to direct a movie, and yet at the same time show how I could do it if I wanted. Great!

I'm so glad I came across this class. It has answered a lot of my questions and provided me with better insights on directing. Awesome!


Comments

Wendy J.

This class was absolutely packed with information on every conceivable aspect of film making. Ron's lessons could also be used to help leaders deal effectively with corporate divisions, retail businesses, volunteer and NGO service, and for pulling together large and intimate events. Heck, his advice on how to get people working together could also be used to run parliaments and legislatures. Wonderful! Thank you.

mpc_one@yahoo.com

I was absolutely fascinated by this Master Class. RH was so precise and shared wonderful creative strategies with such detail. I am grateful I watched this start to finish. I so appreciate the directing power and immense work of one such as he.

A fellow student

I am the keeper of the story. Just finished Ron Howard's Master Class. Ron Howard rules. He puts his stamp of excellence on everything he does and this is no exception. Watching him work through the blocking and staging felt like a rare privilege. He is generous with his insights and wisdom and I am without a doubt a better filmmaker for having studied this.

Audrey O.

Really enjoyed it though I would have liked more clips from the films to illustrate the points.

Maria C.

This was super dope!!!! Loved it! Exactly what I needed to refresh what I had forgotten & learning new ways to think about film & the filmmaking process. I'm taking some golden nuggets with me on my current project. Inspiring!!!

Dave C.

El nivel al que transporto mi mente fue increíble, definitivamente después de esta master no seguiré igual. Gracias MasterClass.

José I.

This is my verify first MC and this class was very valuable. As a second year film student, I have learn much from Ron such as how to set a scene, actor blocking, rehearsal, looking a scene from different angles, how to look at script, and much more. Love this class.

dave@pixelstogo.com

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 Masterclass.com 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!