Film School Reinvented, Online.

Featuring one-on-one mentoring with industry pros. Affordable and flexible 12 or 16 week programs.
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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.
Yance Ford
Director, Producer
Academy Award nominee and winner of the Special Jury Award for Storytelling at the Sundance Film Festival for Strong Island
Geralyn Dreyfous
Executive Producer, Cofounder Impact Partners
Icarus, Born Into Brothels, The Hunting Ground, Invisible War and Miss Representation
P.J. Dillon
Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, Vikings, Strangerland
Kahane Cooperman
Documentary Filmmaker, Producer, Showrunner
Joe's Violin, The New Yorker Presents, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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.
Emily Abt
Director, Producer on Showtime's Beyond the Opposite Sex, Toe to Toe, Take It From Me, Daddy Don't Go

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 - 12 Weeks

Live Mentor Sessions
Exclusive video lessons each week
3 project assignments per week
film watching and reading
6-8 hours of work per week

Extended - 16 Weeks

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

Flexible payment plans and a full refund policy available.

New programs starting soon!

Talk to a Student Advisor

Schedule a call with a student advisor to save your spot, and learn more about enrolling.
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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 Extended Programs?

Both tracks offer the same curriculum but go at different paces. Our Standard 12 week program requires about 1-3 hours of work a day to complete daily assignments and projects. Our Extended 16 week program requires about an hour 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.