From Ron Howard's MasterClass


You know Ron Howard as an Oscar–winning director, a producer, an actor, and one of Hollywood’s great storytellers. Now, he’s your instructor. Meet Ron and learn why the director is the ultimate “keeper of the story.”

Topics include: Introduction


You know Ron Howard as an Oscar–winning director, a producer, an actor, and one of Hollywood’s great storytellers. Now, he’s your instructor. Meet Ron and learn why the director is the ultimate “keeper of the story.”

Topics include: Introduction

Ron Howard

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Those things that you sometimes fear actually can wind up being the forces that push you to higher creative plane. We all want the same thing. A great moment, great scene, great movie. This is what it takes, right? And action. I began acting as a child. I grew up in this environment. Almost by osmosis, I began to understand what that creative problem-solving was like. What was it about? And yet, I also grew up watching TV shows that I loved, cartoons that I thought were hilarious, movies that transported me. And it wasn't until I actually began falling in love with the idea of maybe being the decision-maker, maybe being the director, and I started making Super 8 movies that I realized, it wasn't about the crew around you. It wasn't about the sets that were being built. It was about what you captured inside the frame lines. Because ultimately, all of this work comes back to the story. We all have to be telling the story in every single department. And who is the keeper of the story? Well, ultimately, it's the director. I'm Ron Howard, and this is my MasterClass. Let's get to it.

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.

This class has made me think more about how to collaborate with others on a project. Up to this point I have been more of a one-man band, but I believe I will need to be more collaborative in future productions.

Ron Howard inspires in a humble, yet expert manner, graciously sharing his insights that have made him one of the great directors of all time.

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

Seeing Ron's demonstration on set was amazing, and so insightful. I will cherish this forever.


Billion O.

I have more than a dozen titles to my credit and just this intro got me all pumped up, this is going to be phenomenal. Every Department tells a story and the director is the keeper of the story. Starting this way and looking forward to more lessons. I will be an exceptional filmmaker and thanks to MasterClass and Ron Howard for accelerating my Journey. #stardirector #boxofficelegend.

Launa B.

I have been a big fan of the work Ron Howard does in films, so this is a thrill to learn as much as possible from such a skilled director with decades of experience. Thank you for making this available to filmmakers like myself. Let's get started!

Laura D.

Did anyone else have trouble with the PDF? It looks broken to me. That said, I'm still excited to dive in!

Walter W.

I look forward to the the knowledge I will gain from this class; not only from Ron Howard but also from the post of fellow students.


It has been such an honor to have met Mr. Howard at a red carpet for the release of the movie, Inferno, together with Tom Hanks and Irrfan Khan. But most of all, I am truly inspired on his great films and looking forward to learn further at the art of film-making.

Larrilynn O.

Hello everyone! I'm very excited to take this class, and I'm looking forward to gaining a better insight into filmmaking.

A fellow student

hello everyone, my name is Cindy and I am very glad to be here learning from one of the best. I can’t wait to begin to learn the things that Ron is teaching us, especially since one of the lessons is about script analyzing which is something I am currently learning about myself. I am looking forward to taking this class.

James K.

I know I've seen a great movie when the ideas and themes stick with me for days. Even if it was on a subject I don't like or agree with, I know that what I have seen was worth it because I can't get it out of me when I walk out of the theater. I want to understand how that happens in contrast to the "pop corn movie" that might have been enjoyable, but is out of my memory as soon as I get home.


I feel like I grew up with Ron Howard. I really respect his work and I'll looking forward to this class.

laura J.

The rhythm of sight and sounds that come together if one is able to see the pieces clearly.