A New Kind of Film School

Affordable, flexible, and online. Featuring one-on-one mentoring from industry pros.
Preview Classes Start April 1, 2018
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Hands-on, Project-based Experience

The Smashcut curriculum is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the entire filmmaking process.
An introduction to the process of conceiving and writing your own movies, starting at square one, with a blank screen and a kernel of an idea. Looking at the craft by way of classic movies new and old, you'll explore the steps of storytelling for a visual medium, in ways that are both practical and inspiring.
You’ll explore the craft of cinematography from all angles -- as viewers, as technicians, as artists, and delve into the history and aesthetic evolution of shooting movies. You’ll learn how an array of camera techniques are achieved, and get a firm grasp on how the basic technology can be managed and manipulated for your own films.
Examine the nuts and bolts of film directing -- organizing all the other disciplines, running a set, and leading the charge, at the same time keeping the whole picture of the movie in your head. The details of pre-production, production procedure, crew management, time maintenance, and creative engagement are fleshed out, giving you the tools to make your film the best it can be.
A deep dive into post-production, and the infinitely nuanced craft of editing film. Learn how to organize the pieces of what you’ve shot, craft audio and sound design, and assemble it into the movie you’ve envisioned, all with a creative eye toward story, character and theme.

Our Board of Advisors

A.O Scott
Film Critic, Author, Educator
Chief Film Critic at The New York Times, Distinguished Professor in the College of Film and The Moving Image at Wesleyan University.
P.J. Dillon
Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, Vikings, Strangerland
Bob Levy
Executive Producer
Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars. Teaches in the Producers Program at UCLA’s film school.
Naoise Barry
Executive Producer
Founder Envision Entertainment, Former Head of Production Pinewood/Ireland, Former Irish Film Commissioner.

Live Expert Feedback

Connect online, and throughout each week, with industry mentors to get professional guidance on your projects.

The Smashcut Mentor Network

We're assembling an A-list team of industry pros to help you learn the ropes and take your skills to the next level.
Sandi Sissel
Cinematographer on Oscar nominated Salaam Bombay, Master and Commander, People Under the Stairs, The Wonder Years, and many more
Tim Fleming
Cinematographer on award-winning Once, All Is By My Side, Luther, Citadel, and As If I am Not There.
Bebe Dierken
Worked on Troy, Fall of a City, Humans 2.0, Inglorious Basterds, V for Vendetta, and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Cathal Watters
Cinematographer on Peaky Blinders, Viva, Handsome Devil, and Dominion Creek.

Exclusive Lesson Content

Original video lessons, created by industry professionals and educators.

Flexible Pace

Choose the pace that's right for you. Our standard 16-week or accelerated 8-week programs are designed to fit your schedule.

One Curriculum, Two Paces

Smashcut has two tracks so you can choose the pace that's right for you. Each week you will connect live with industry professionals and have lessons in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing.


Live Mentoring from industry experts
Flexible program paces
Exclusive video lessons
Project-based experience.

Standard - 16 Weeks

32 Live Mentor sessions (2 per week)
Exclusive video lessons each week
2 project assignments per week
film watching and reading
8-10 hours of work per week

Accelerated - 8 Weeks

32 Live Mentor sessions (4 per week)
Exclusive video lessons each week
4 project assignments per week
film watching and reading
16-20 hours of work per week

Talk to a Student Advisor

Schedule a call with a student advisor to save your spot, and learn more about pre-enrolling.
Students who pre-enroll save 10% off the cost of the program.
Prefer email? Contact hello@smashcut.com to talk to a Student Advisor


Do I need professional equipment?

You don’t need professional filmmaking equipment for our program. The minimum requirement is access to a smartphone with HD video and a computer (with a webcam) to connect with your Mentor and to edit and upload your assignments. If you don’t have access to editing software, Smashcut will provide Adobe’s Premiere Pro for the duration of the program. Keep in mind, there are plenty of affordable options for used cameras, LED lights, and microphones to increase your production value and we encourage our students to get access to some of this gear.

I’m a beginner, is Smashcut right for me?

If you're passionate about movies and eager to learn filmmaking basics, or want to take your skills to the next level - Smashcut is designed for you. We want to make it easy for you to get hands-on experience, and understand the craft of filmmaking process from all angles - as viewers, as technicians, and as artists - at fraction of the price of traditional film programs. Our Mentors remember what it was like to get started, and will guide you through the process.

How do I choose between the Standard and Accelerated tracks?

Both tracks offer the same curriculum but go at different paces. Our Accelerated 8 week program requires about 3-5 hours of work a day to complete daily assignments and projects. Our Standard 16 week course requires about 1.5 - 2.5 hours of work per day, and is ideal if you have a busier schedule, a day job, or just need more flexibility.

How do I connect with my mentor?

Unlike most online film education courses, Smashcut provides live, one-on-one video sessions and project feedback from industry professionals. You will connect online with your Mentors within the Smashcut platform, which makes it incredibly easy to share project feedback and video chat with your Mentor to review your work in real time.