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Ron Howard

Lesson time 02:37 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 his exclusive video lessons.


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.

As an actor and writer, it was wonderful hearing how he approaches story as a director! Highly recommend.

It has been so effective to see how a master director like Ron Howard sculpts every element of a story. His passion and attention to detail is truly inspiring.

I have so enjoyed this Masterclass presented by a Master film maker, Ron Howard, I almost want to do it again. Thank you kindly, Ron for doing this. And thank you to the team who made this possible. An absolute gem of a teaching. And I have the pdf's and workbook to refer to. Brilliant.

This Masterclass subscription is like listening to endless autobiographies straight from the authors. Enjoying it so much. No, I'll never direct a film, but listening to Ron made me appreciate Academy Awards night so much more because I can understand what sound editing is, casting, scoring a movie, and the process for all of it. What a nice guy!



Quick update from MasterClass, you should all now be able to access the full class and workbooks - so sorry for that inconvenience!

Steven J.

Where are the Frost / Nixon blocking classes and working with actors? I looked on the site map and it brings me to the introduction. Am I missing something?

A fellow student

Cannot find the footage of Ron directing a scene from Frost/Nixon. People are commenting about it, but where is it accessed?


My love and interest in film making has been with me for over 20 years. I am here to learn and refine my short films on my YT channel.

Tom K.

Ron howard is a natural. I love many of his movies. I am looking forward to this class.

A fellow student

Awesome MasterClass. I've learned so much! I've been directing movies with family and friends for 30 years now. I'll take what I've learned and add fun elements to the scenes. Thanks Ron!

Sadie K.

This is really special in a time when we are all quarantined...I feel like we have a magic gift of knowledge.


Great class! I loved the anecdotes like his observations of De Niro's method and how it influenced his directing. And, the breakdowns of Indiana Jones, etc, etc. Watching the scene demos all the way through was worthwhile and very educational. It's funny, when he tried the 'one-shot' version, I couldn't see any reason to go to the lengths they had already gone through. But, in the end Mr. Howard put that in perspective for me. I learned a lot, thanks!

Zach S.

Ron Howard is one of five teachers whose classes I've selected in starting my MC studies. A jazz musician, a non-fiction writer, a game designer, a poker champion, and Ron. I chose the classes and now that I have my first comment on MasterClass, I decided for me, it's about "why these five?" I think Ron nails it in his course introduction: "Who is the keeper of the story? Ultimately, it's the director." The keeper of the story. I know I'm going to love all these courses. Right now, I know I love one.

Sharon E.

Ron Howard is brilliant! I am so impressed with all that a director has to consider and plan when making a film. He is also a highly effective teacher. Loved it!