Film Education
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Flexible online film classes with live, one-on-one feedback from working film professionals.
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How It Works

Smashcut’s curriculum is mentor-driven and project-based, covering topics like Screenwriting, Cinematography, Directing and Editing with cinema history incorporated throughout.
Exclusive Video Lessons
Crafted by educators and film professionals featuring examples from seminal and iconic films and filmmakers.
Hands-On Projects
Challenging but fun weekly assignments in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, and editing.
1:1 Mentoring
Personal feedback on all your assignments and weekly live video meetings with industry professionals.

Programs and Pricing

Smashcut offers 4-week courses in Directing and Cinematography as well as a Full 12-week program which covers Screenwriting, Directing, Cinematography, and Editing.
Full Program
full price

4 Weeks - 4 Live Mentor Meetings
Course Details
Explore the craft of cinematography from all angles — as a viewer, technician, and artist. Delve into the history and aesthetic evolution of shooting movies. Smashcut’s Cinematography Course is designed to provide students a hands-on understanding of how to get the images you want — and how to tell visual stories.
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Introduction to Cinematography
  • Shot Sizes & Their Functions
  • Storyboarding & Pre-Production
  • Light & Shadow
  • Composition & Depth
  • Lighting Basics
  • Composition Basics
  • Movement
  • Audio Basics
  • Realism
  • Design & Color
  • Vision & Sensibility

Sample Video Lesson

Learn from the best and get inspired to work on your own projects as you explore Screenwriting, Cinematography, Directing and Editing through our exclusive video lessons crafted by educators and film professionals.

Intro To Filmmaking

An introduction to the four basic disciplines screenwriting, cinematography, directing and editing -- and a quick look at how they've worked together over the last century to help cinema grow and evolve as an art form, from a sheer novelty to blockbuster mass entertainment and beyond.

Recent Blog Posts


Our Mentors are working industry professionals committed to giving back to the up-and-coming filmmaking community. Students and Mentors meet in weekly live video chats within the Smashcut platform to review feedback on assignments, get advice, guidance and answers to questions from people who have been in your shoes… creatively speaking!
Sandi Sissel
Salaam Bombay, Master and Commander, People Under the Stairs, The Wonder Years, and many more.
Tim Fleming
Once, All Is By My Side, Luther, Citadel, and As If I am Not There.
Bebe Dierken
Troy, Fall of a City, Humans 2.0, Inglorious Basterds, V for Vendetta, and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Cathal Watters
Peaky Blinders, Viva, Handsome Devil, and Dominion Creek.
Emily Abt
Director, Producer
Beyond the Opposite Sex, Toe to Toe, Take It From Me, Daddy Don’t Go.

Student Testimonials

Here’s what some of our Smashcut Alumni are saying about the program.
Huntington Beach, CA
Smashcut is great for its flexibility. I work full time and travel a hefty amount for work. The most valuable aspect of Smashcut was the Mentors. They’re more helpful than I could have imagined. Very understanding of obstacles and issues you might have during the program.
New York, NY
Smashcut reminded me why I love films so much. Between the amazing lessons, technical exercises, and mentor sessions they gave me the confidence to take my dreams seriously.
Newark, NJ
Smashcut has turned my interests into passions and challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone which has only made me better at what I do. The feedback from the Mentors is unmatched. They genuinely care about the work they do and are incredibly warm people.

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.