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.