Learn from Some of the World's Best Directors and DPs with These New Masterclasses

Get access to hundreds of film education courses with MZed Pro.

If you're looking to give yourself a practical film education, MZed Pro might just be the place to start. Much like its competitor, MasterClass, the annual subscription service offers members access to a library of courses taught by industry professionals, covering topics such as cinematography, directing, lighting, editing, and sound design.

For $299 per year, members can learn from instructors such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Vincent Laforet, Academy Award nominee Alex Buono, feature film DP Shane Hurlbut, ASC, writers from Saturday Night Live, and many more. 

Today, MZed Pro announced a six-hour masterclass with filmmaker Philip Bloom (who we write about a lot here at No Film School). Philip Bloom’s Cinematic Masterclass connects students with the filmmaker in 4K resolution as he embarks on his most adventurous project to date. From the wind-swept coasts of Ireland to the unforgiving Mojave Desert, Bloom will guide viewers through the art and science of filmmaking, and share his processes for capturing the style of cinematic images that have made him one of the world's most beloved independent filmmakers. 

To sign up for this or hundreds of other masterclasses, visit MZed Pro    

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From my experience you should be able to find most of what you need to know free online. There are a lot of very generous professionals out there who are prepared to share their knowledge. Most of these courses are slickly packaged versions of what's already out there. My advice is find what you can for free and experiment and don't get sucked into the promise of a short cut to expertise. BTW if you're watching too many of these videos you're probably procrastinating. Don't be a spectator, get involved!

July 11, 2017 at 11:03PM

Clive Rose

'don't get sucked into the promise of a short cut to expertise'. True words, good short lesson right there.

July 13, 2017 at 1:49AM, Edited July 13, 1:49AM

Bart Schreuder
Lightning cameraman


July 11, 2017 at 11:49PM

Sameir Ali
Director of Photography

Well.. it's the typical progress isn't it.... with all due respect, but pitching these guys as high-end instructors might be a little over the top.
Laforet shared his Pullitzer with the other photographers at NYT, Buono was nominated in 2002 for a short, and Hurlbut... well, I have seen one of his movies.

I mean, if it was A-list people I would gladly pay, but I guess they are constantly shooting (obviously), so what is offered here is marginally better than what you could assemble from other online and sometimes free resources.
This is all about who's talking to the camera, less than contents....

Again with all due respect.

July 12, 2017 at 2:00AM, Edited July 12, 2:00AM

Torben Greve

Philip, Shane and Vincent are as "high end" as it gets. They are regular working professionals and they still find time to write blogs, upload educational content and push the cutting edge of Technology. Shane shot "Act of Valor" on 5D's and helped push the dslr revolution forward. Vincent was doing trick MoVI shots back in 2013. Bloom travels the world making beautiful documentaries and still finds time to give unbiased, in depth reviews of cameras and gear.
A lot of these "A-list" guys are still 5-10 years behind the current technology. If you're really wanting a top notch online education in the film industry, I promise you won't be disappointed by what these guys have to offer.

July 12, 2017 at 3:02AM


Philip Bloom is accused of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend and ex-finance. I don't know if I would promote him on this service, let alone call him a world-class dp.

Chivo, Robert Elswitt, Maryse Alberti, Roger Deakins, Jeff Cronenweth, Victorrio Storro - those are world-class DPs.

There are other masterclass series with working DPs that are of interest that hopefully NFS will promote in the future.

July 12, 2017 at 4:55AM


Hey Jordan could you share those masterclass series with working DPs you mention?

I also agree most of MZed's people are not renowned working DP they're simply videographers. Shane is the exception and I think he has given a lot to the community. I like your world class DP list BTW.

July 12, 2017 at 8:43AM, Edited July 12, 9:35AM


This is so LOL. Vincent Laforet, Shane Hurlbut and Philip Bloom... pitted against David Mamet, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Sorking, Werner Herzog.


July 12, 2017 at 8:28AM, Edited July 12, 8:28AM

Le Chat

This site is called "NO film school"... so what do you expect? ;-)

July 12, 2017 at 12:58PM

Steadicam Operator/Owner

Hurlbut is a working Hollywood cinematographer. The other two, not so much.

July 13, 2017 at 8:23AM

d shay

I went to Alex Buono's class in LA, when he was on tour. I can truly say from actual experience that it was a great experience. For the price and what I got out of it, it was definitely worth it. For others, who can learn online and are well connected with A-Class DP's, then by all means, ignore this. But for some of us, such as myself, I learn better when I'm surrounded by a group of like-minded people and getting my hands dirty. Yes, you can do that without a teacher, but it certainly helped me. Also, this is a great middle-ground between people who are undecided between shoving $50k in the gutter for film school or not going at ALL.

July 26, 2017 at 6:02PM, Edited July 26, 6:02PM

Seth Burke