Learn Filmmaking in the Online Film School

Take courses in Acting, Scripwriting or Directing from Oscar Award winning filmmakers, online, in your own time.
Learn Acting, Scriptwriting or Directing Online

Learn Acting Online


Helen Mirren MasterClass for Actors

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren shares the techniques she has learned through the course of her international career that has spanned stage, screen, and television.

Her powerful and versatile performances have earned her numerous awards, including the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in The Queen, a Tony Award in 2015 for her performance in The Audience, and four Emmy Awards.

In 28 lessons, the Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, and Emmy winner teaches her process for acting on the stage and screen.

Helen Mirren MasterClass for Actors

Natalie Portman Teaches Acting Online

Oscar-winning actor Natalie Portman shares the techniques at the heart of her acting process and teaches you how to tackle your next role.

In her first-ever acting class, Natalie shows how empathy is at the core of every great performance, how to bring real-life details into every role, and how to build your own creative process.

Get ready for your breakout performance.

Natalie Portman Teaches Acting Online


Learn Screenwriting Online


Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting MasterClass

Aaron Sorkin wrote his first movie on cocktail napkins which turned into A Few Good Men, starring Jack Nicholson. Now, the Academy Award-winning writer of The West Wing and The Social Network is teaching screenwriting.

In this class, you’ll learn his rules of storytelling, dialogue, character development, and what makes a script actually sell.

Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting MasterClass

David Mamet Masterclass for Writers

David Mamet sat in on a poker game full of thieves and left with the inspiration for American Buffalo. Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Glengarry Glen Ross takes you through his process for turning life’s strangest moments into dramatic art.

In his writing class, he’ll teach you the rules of drama, the nuances of dialogue, and the skills to develop your own voice and create your masterpiece.

David Mamet Masterclass for Writers


Learn Film Directing Online


Martin Scorsese Masterclass for Directing

This legendary director whose films from Mean Streets to The Wolf of Wall Street have shaped movie history. In his first-ever online film class, the Oscar winner teaches his approach, from storytelling to editing to working with actors.

He deconstructs films and breaks down his craft, changing how you make and watch movies.

In 30 lessons, learn the art of film from the director of Goodfellas, The Departed, and Taxi Driver.

Martin Scorsese Masterclass for Directing

David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film

An avant-garde figure in filmmaking, David Lynch introduced mainstream audiences to art-house films. Now the Oscar-nominated director of Mulholland Drive teaches his cross-disciplinary creative process.

Learn how he catches ideas, translates them into a narrative, and moves beyond formulaic storytelling.

David Lynch teaches his unconventional process for translating visionary ideas into film and other art forms.

David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Film

Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking

Go behind the scenes with two-time Oscar-winner Jodie Foster, star of Silence of the Lambs and director of Little Man Tate.

In her first online film class, she’ll teach you how to bring your vision to life. Jodie discusses her experience on both sides of the camera to guide you through every step of the filmmaking process, from storyboarding to casting and camera coverage.

Everyone has a story. Learn how to tell yours.

Jodie Foster teaches you how to bring stories from page to screen with emotion and confidence.

Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking

Mira Nair Teaches Independent Filmmaking

The Oscar-nominated director teaches her methods for directing powerful performances, maximizing budgets, and bringing authentic stories to life.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair approaches directing with the “heart of a poet and the skin of an elephant,” spurred by rejection and fighting to bring uncompromising stories to film.

Mira Nair Teaches Independent Filmmaking

James Cameron Teaches Filmmaking

Academy Award-winning director James Cameron teaches you the tricks of the trade and shares his approach to epic moviemaking on any budget.

From The Terminator and Titanic to Avatar, James Cameron has directed some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Now, for the first time in his 40-year career, he opens up about his process.

Through behind-the-scenes breakdowns, James shares his approach to developing ideas, storylines, and characters; harnessing technology; and worldbuilding on any budget.

James Cameron Teaches Filmmaking

Ron Howard MasterClass for Directors

Ron Howard made his first film in 15 days with $300,000 and 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.

Ron Howard teaches directing, editing, and storytelling in his exclusive video lessons.

Ron Howard MasterClass for Directors

Capture the Spectacular with Werner Herzog

In 6 hours of video lessons, Werner Herzog teaches his uncompromising approach to documentary and feature filmmaking.

When the legendary director Werner Herzog was 19, he stole a camera and made his first movie. 70 films and 50 awards later, Werner is teaching documentary and feature filmmaking.

In this film class, you’ll learn storytelling, cinematography, location scouting, self-financing, documentary interview techniques, and how to bring your ideas to life.

Capture the Spectacular with Werner Herzog

Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking

The 5-time Emmy Award winner teaches how he navigates research and uses audio and visual storytelling methods to bring history to life.

In this online film class, learn how Ken captivates audiences with his ability to distill vast research and complex truths into compelling narratives.

From first treatment to final edit, Ken teaches his documentary filmmaking techniques that bring their stories to life.

Ken Burns Teaches Documentary Filmmaking


Learn Sound Design Online


Danny Elfman Teaches Music for Film

Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman teaches you his eclectic creative process and his approach to elevating a story with sound.

From The Simpsons theme to the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman’s compositions are original, memorable, and exuberantly weird.

Step into Danny’s studio and learn his techniques for evoking emotion and elevating a story through music.

Danny Elfman Teaches Music for Film