Application SmashCut Film Lab Season 6

Application for Season 6 of
SmashCut Film Lab!

ATTENTION ALUMNI: If you have already participated in a Taliesin Nexus program
please click here to APPLY NOW for Liberty Lab for Film.  Do not use this form below.

Application for the SmashCut Film Lab - Season 6

To apply for the SmashCut Film Lab, please fill out the form below and upload the appropriate documents as requested.

The process is entirely digital. All fields with a red asterisk must be completed.

You also must submit a resume, a treatment for the story you wish to produce, and a creative sample (all explained below). You may apply either as an individual or as part of a team. (How that works is explained below and also on the SmashCut Film Lab webpage.) Each member of a prospective team must submit his or her own application. If you don't have a teammate with whom you wish to apply, you can apply as a "free agent" and, if you are accepted, we will match you with someone else who has complementary skills and sensibilities.

Clicking the "Submit" button will complete the process, sending us your full application with supporting materials.

The deadline for the SmashCut Film Lab application is noon Nov 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.!

  • Month/Day/Year
  • This will be our primary means of reaching you in case you are selected or we have any questions, so be sure to write in an email address that you check fairly regularly (and that your spam filters let our emails through, domain name is
  • There is a chance we may contact some applicants for a phone interview as part of the evaluation process, so make sure this is a number where you can be reached.
  • Optional: This can be your personal or professional site, or some other site where we can view or read some of your work, such as a YouTube page or a blog.
  • Choose whether:

    1. You are applying as a member of a two-person team only (i.e., you will only attend the program if you AND your prospective teammate are both selected AND are allowed to participate as a team); or

    2. As an individual only (i.e., you do not have a pre-designated teammate who is applying with you, and you agree to allow us to assign you a teammate); or

    3. As a team member OR an individual (i.e., you have a prospective teammate in mind who is also applying and with whom you'd like to participate, but you are willing to participate even if your prospective teammate is not selected, in which case you agree to allow us to match you with a different teammate); or

    4. As an individual for the producer track and agree to allow us to match you with two projects.

  • If you selected option 1 or option 3 above, write in the name of your prospective teammate who is also applying. (They need to submit their own application, and they should write in your name as their prospective teammate -- unless for whatever reason they've chosen another applicant as their hoped-for teammate.) Leave this blank if you chose option 2 above.
  • If you are applying with a prospective teammate in mind whose name you wrote in above, write in his or her email address here. Ideally, this will be the same email address that he or she writes in on his or her application. This will help us to keep track of everyone, as there is a chance two or more applicants will have the same name. (Again, leave this blank if you chose option 2 above.)
  • If you are not in the greater Los Angeles area and plan to film your project in your home city, please list some film production resources in your city that you are familiar with in order for you to successfully produce your project. (e.g., Precision Camera in Austin, TX; TM Equipment Rentals in New Orleans, LA)

    If you plan to film in and around Los Angeles, you may leave this area blank.

  • In 1500 characters (about 300 words total) or less, please tell us about three individual rights that you would add to the U.S. Constitution that are either not currently present or enforced, or have been ignored, neglected, or reversed.
  • Please identify 1 filmmaker, 1 author, and 1 politician or political thinker whose work you admire, and in 500 characters (about 100 words) or less each (300 words in total), tell us why.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    (UPLOAD PDF ONLY) Please upload a 1- or 2-page resume in PDF format detailing your education, work experience, contact information, and anything else in your background that you think may be relevant.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    You may submit up to three different treatments.

    Treatments must be a one-page narrative description of the story you want to make into a short film or web series in the SmashCut Film Lab program.

    It must be feasible to turn your treatment into a 5-20 minute-long film or web-series within a $10,000 production budget. And it must explore some aspect of liberty as its theme. (Make sure the liberty element is clear.) Your treatment should also include at the top: your name, your prospective team-mate's name (if applicable), a title, and a logline (a one-sentence summary of your story). If you are applying as part of a prospective team, you both should submit the same treatment. This is the single most important part of your application. Make sure you read the SmashCut Film Lab and How to Apply pages on this website so you fully understand our criteria. Upload a PDF of your treatment here by clicking on the "Choose File" button and selecting it from your computer. We will only read one page of your treatment, so if it is longer than one page, the rest of it will be disregarded. (Producer Track applicants may attach a sample story idea that represents the genre of film or television you are most interested in.)

    You must submit a creative sample of some past work. This is something different from the treatment for the video you propose to make. Check the box that represents the format you are submitting:

    OPTION A is a written work such as a screenplay, treatment or short story;

    OPTION B is a video or film.

    Then follow the instructions below for how to submit the type of format you chose.

  • Write the title or name of the creative sample you are submitting. If your creative role (director, writer, etc.) is not clear from the work's credits, tell us here.
  • A written creative sample must be either a screenplay (feature or TV), a theatrical play, a treatment, or a short story. (If it's a treatment, it must be a different work from the treatment that you are submitting as the video project you want to make in SmashCut.) A screenplay or theatrical play is preferable to a treatment or short story. Make sure your submission is formatted to industry standards, shorter than 130 pages (but at least five pages long), and converted to a PDF file. Only one written work may be submitted. Upload it by clicking on the "Choose File" button and selecting the file from your computer.
    Accepted file types: pdf.
  • If you are submitting a film or video as your sample, please provide a link or URL in the open field above to a website (YouTube page, etc.) where it can viewed online. You may list only one video. The video you submit should have substantial creative input from you as a director, writer, producer, DP and/or editor. Make sure it is clear, either from the video's credits or added in the title field on this form, what your role was in the making of the sample video submitted.
  • Check the skill sets in which you have had extensive training and/or experience, and that which you feel comfortable doing. (You may check more than one.)
  • Tell us how you found out about us, such as through a particular listing, article, blog, organization, or personal referral. Please be specific, e.g., don't just say 'a blog," or "personal referral," but tell us what blog or the name of the person.
  • Optional: Here you can tell us anything else you think is vital for us to know, such as special requirements or scheduling issues, that isn't addressed anywhere else in the application form. If you are a foreign national, here you can indicate your legal work status (e.g., green card or work visa), which is required to participate in our programs. Unfortunately we cannot help you to obtain legal work status, that is up to you.
    By checking this box, you attest that you have read and understood, and that you agree to abide by, the Rules and Release Agreement for our programs. (Click on the link if you haven't read it already.)