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How It Works

Intro to Filmmaking - Starts July 20th

Intro to Filmmaking
July 20th to August 14th
(20% off full price of $1,500)

4 weeks - 4 Live Mentor Meetings
Course Details
Smashcut’s Intro to Filmmaking course is an in-depth online program exploring the entire filmmaking process through screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing. Get one-on-one, critical feedback on writing, shooting, directing, and editing projects. At the end of the program, you walk away with a short film or screenplay project you develop and create using the skills you learned throughout the course.
  • Storyboarding & Pre-Production
  • Shot Sizes & Their Functions
  • Translating Script Pages
  • Coverage & Sequencing
  • Working With Actors
  • Documentary Forms
  • Concepts & Themes
  • Vision & Sensibility
  • Light & Shadow
  • Composition & Depth
  • Lighting Basics
  • Composition Basics
  • Movement
  • Audio Basics
  • Design & Color

Exclusive Guest Lectures and Interviews with Industry Pros.

Yance Ford
Director, Producer
Yance Ford is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning director-producer based in New York City. His debut film Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards, where Ford made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar.

Strong Island won a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize and the Gotham Award for Best Documentary. In 2018 Ford won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

Yance was named to Variety’s 10 Documakers to watch, The Root 100 and last summer, as part of the Ryan Murphy Half, shadowed director Tina Mabry shooting season two of POSE. He is a MacDowell Colony fellow and a Sundance Institute alum. In September 2019, Ford was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film. The untitled work-in-progress based on 300 letters to his father Ford discovered in the attic of his family home.

Ford’s profile of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich can be seen on the new Netflix series Trial by Media launching May 11th, 2020. Yance directed the 90’s episode of the FX series PRIDE. Ford is developing a feature film with Archer Grey based on the memoir A Trial by Jury by D. Graham Burnett.

Ford is a former Series Producer of the PBS documentary series POV. During his tenure at POV, his curatorial work garnered 5 Emmy Awards and 16 Emmy nominations.
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A.O Scott
Film Critic, Author, Educator
A.O. Scott has been a film critic at the New York Times since 2000, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2010. In 2016, he published Better Living Through Criticism: How Not To Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, And Truth. He is a Distinguished Professor in the College of Film and The Moving Image at Wesleyan University.
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Kahane Cooperman
Documentary Filmmaker, Producer, Showrunner
Kahane Cooperman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer, director and showrunner. Her documentary short, Joe’s Violin, was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award. She was executive producer and showrunner of The New Yorker Presents, a series with Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions for Amazon Studios. From 1996-2015, she had an integral role on the acclaimed television program, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she was originally hired as a field producer in 1996 and rose through the ranks to become Co-Executive Producer from 2005-2015. For her work at The Daily Show, she received eleven Primetime Emmy awards and three Peabody awards.
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P.J. Dillon
Three time winner of the Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best Cinematography. PJ Dillon’s television work includes Game of Thrones, Vikings, Penny Dreadful, and The Alienist. Films include Strangerland, The Runway, My Brothers and Timbuktu.. His work has been nominated for awards by The American Society of Cinematographers, The British Society of Cinematographers and The Society of Australian Film Critics. He has also won the Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Best Cinematography on three occasions. His favourite film is Lawrence of Arabia.
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Sample Video Lesson

Learn from the best and get inspired to work on your own projects as you explore the essentials of filmmaking through Smashcut’s exclusive video lessons along with dynamic projects and assignments.

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.

Program Features

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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