Film & TV


Ron Howard

Lesson time 02:27 min

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.”

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

I think every starting actor could use this class. Thank You Ron Howard.

This class showed me how a pro would do it, as I've only been on indie sets, it's quite different. It also kept my ego in check, as an editor,

This was a fantastic class! Maybe the best I've watched, so far. The most valuable part BY FAR was watching Ron direct actors on set and do different versions of the same scene, adjusting for different camera setups and time/budget restraints. I would've liked to see the same practical lessons done with editing and scoring, as well.

It is obvious that Ron Howard is not only a master of his craft but a master worthy of teaching a master class. It was a gift to learn more about his process, his vision, and his passion. Thank you for brining this modern bard to us.


Nicole M.

I am so excited to be doing this Masterclass my best friend told me about it so here we go!

Matthew B.

I have already seen all the Movies suggested at the Theatre except Rolling Stones, some multiple times. Will watch again but may take few months.


Ron Howard is one of those people you feel like you know. My favorite old TV shows to watch are the old Andy Grifith Shows with Don Knotts. My favorite Ron Howard films are Apollo 13 and Cinderella Man. But I have seen all of his films.

Chris O.

I love Ron Howard.... his journey and his incredible curiosity and humility is so impressive. I'm super stoked to learn from him.

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.