Film Education
Reinvented, Online.

Smashcut partners with universities and organizations
to develop and deliver customized online film programs.
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Live Instructor Meetings with Project Review

Instructors and students can connect for live video “office hours” within the platform. Students present film or screenplay projects for review and discussion. Both parties can control/navigate video playback and scrolling, facilitating seamless collaboration.

Contextual Feedback on Student Work

Instructors, students, and peers can place multiple time-based comments on video lectures, exercises and projects. Easily navigate and preview comments in the timeline. Threaded replies encourage interactive conversations.

A Live Syllabus

The Dashboard features lectures, supplemental videos and films, project assignments, and scheduled 1:1 video “office hours” with instructors. Easily track student progress, set due dates, and tailor the syllabus to fit your curriculum.

Original Video Production

Smashcut can develop high-quality video lectures, and supplemental content exclusively for your online curriculum. Our creative team can collaborate with your instructors to design and produce original video courseware and supporting assignment content.

Notifications for Project Activity & Video Meetings

Students and instructors are notified with in-browser, email, and text notifications for upcoming video meetings, and completed project feedback.

Supplemental Video Lessons

Smashcut’s high-quality library of original video essays and detailed assignments can be leveraged to supplement your curriculum, or used as primary course material. Developed by film educators, our video lessons are designed to inspire and expose film students to key concepts, aesthetics, techniques, and a wide range of films and filmmakers.
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.

An Online Adjunct Network

We’ve assembled a talented, and growing team of industry pros available to staff your programs as they scale. Smashcut Adjuncts are active, working filmmakers eager to help the next generation of filmmakers.
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

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

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