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 his 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 this is easily the best masterclass on directing currently available - the addition of practical examples to the theory offered in other classes made this class truly worthwhile.

This class was perfect! It's the exact thing you hope for when watching the behind-the-scenes section on the back of a DVD from a movie you love. In all of my years of learning the craft of filmmaking I've never been able to see up close the director working on set. Amazing!

I enjoyed this thoroughly. I loved the practicality of his filmmaking but there is plenty of room for art and creativity. A terrific filmmaker to learn from and to inspire.

Wow! Ron Howard is an excellent and compelling communicator who is able to share what he does as a storyteller with insight and joy. Thank you!


A fellow student

In Ron Howard's first lesson, which is only a short introduction, he teaches us 3 important things: 1) The director is the decision maker. 2) The story is the most important; telling it requires hardwork, dedication and teamwork from all departments. 3) The director is the keeper of the story.

A fellow student

Liked how he made it clear that it's about what's inside the frame, rather than what's outside. A good relationship with cast, crew etc. is necessary, but it's important to never lose sight of the story. Looking forward to the next lesson.

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.