Director Jodie Foster is the latest filmmaker to join the illustrious MasterClass roster, which also drafted the likes of Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Werner Herzog, to offer her rare insight into the craft as both an actor and director.
The two-time Oscar winner, who has helmed the films Money Monster (2016), The Beaver (2011), as well as episodes of Black Mirror, Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards, will teach you in her first-ever online class how to take your ideas from script to screen, including lessons on screenwriting, directing actors, editing, and selecting the right music for your film.
For years, MasterClass has provided users with a unique chance to learn from some of the greatest minds in their respective discipline, whether it be cooking, chess, or even wine appreciation. Users are given access to hours of video instruction, a class workbook, and interactive assignments.
The greatest part, though, is that all coursework is designed by the instructor themselves, so you know you'll be given insight into areas that matter most to them. For Foster, understanding how directors can better work with actors is not only something that she cares deeply about but is also something that, as an actor and director with 50 years in the film industry, she knows better than anyone.
"The director is the leader. As a leader, you do have to have a unifying language of vision. You have to make a decision and then support that decision."
George Clooney and Jodie Foster on the set of 'Money Monster' (2016)
Her course contains lessons that cover:
- Finding your personal story
- Exploring the "big idea" of your story
- Creating a vision for your film
- Screenwriter-director collaborations
- Constructing a scene
- Prepping and scheduling
- The acting process
- Directing actors
- Shooting and cinematography
- Choosing the right take
- Selecting music for your film