Smashcut teams up with NYU Tisch and The New York Times
NEW YORK, 03 Feb. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smashcut, a next-generation online learning platform and video content studio, is launching a new course, Documentary Workshop, which will include lessons created in collaboration with New York University Tisch School of the Arts and the Op-Docs division of the New York Times. The course will allow students from all over the world to learn about documentary filmmaking and receive feedback from some of the biggest names in the field.
Documentary Workshop will cover all aspects of the genre, from concept development to research, writing, directing, producing and editing. Students will learn a range of styles and techniques and become familiar with the legal and ethical issues facing documentary filmmakers. Op-Docs staff and filmmakers will be featured in video lessons co-created by Smashcut and NYU, as well as participate in live Q&A sessions. Under this initiative, scholarships will be available.
“We are thrilled to partner with two of the world’s most distinguished institutions to help train the next generation of documentary filmmakers,” said Smashcut Founder and CEO Daniel Blackman. “Smashcut’s goal is to radically improve the online education experience, and it’s exciting to have our platform and content studio embraced in this way.”
Documentary Workshop adds to existing online courses jointly administered by Smashcut and Tisch for high school and adult students. The program will be directed by Shivani Khattar, a New York-based independent filmmaker whose work ranges from feature films to branded content and commercials. She previously directed forward-looking documentaries for NBC News streaming platforms.
“This is an extremely compelling alliance, and I look forward to being a part of it and sharing my knowledge and experience with students,” Khattar said. “Op-Docs are an important voice in the field of documentary, and their contributions will add tremendous value to this course. It is a significant step forward in the evolution of distance learning for the creative arts.”
“In recent years, the documentary space has seen a boom spurred by both industry forces and consumer interest,” said Christine Kecher, senior editor of Op-Docs. “Now in its tenth year, Op-Docs has established itself as a vital home for short documentaries from established and emerging filmmakers. It is a pleasure and a privilege to share our expertise with students who will continue to tell stories unique and captivating of their own.”
Classes last six weeks and students can register for future sessions here: https://tischpro.nyu.smashcut.com/documentary-workshop. To learn more about scholarship opportunities, students can email [email protected]
Smashcut is a next-generation online learning platform and content studio focused on visual and creative arts. Smashcut partners with educators and media companies to deliver video-based learning that blends the accessibility of digital with the real-time interaction of traditional mentoring. To learn more, visit https://www.smashcut.com/.
About operational documents
Op-Docs is The New York Times’ award-winning series of short documentaries made by independent filmmakers and is part of the Opinion Video department. The Op-Docs are selected from works by renowned and emerging filmmakers around the world, with a collection of over 370 short films that have sparked global conversations, influenced national policies and won numerous industry accolades, including Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards and Oscar nominations.
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