Smash Cut Culture (a beta project of Taliesin Nexus) is a group blog bringing diverse voices and ideas to an examination of pop culture, with a special emphasis on movies, TV and online video.  We aspire to liberate our culture from the stale and stereotypical, encouraging fresh points of view.

Hollywood has passed through many phases and transitions throughout its 100-plus-year history.  It is now embarking upon what might be its most revolutionary phase yet, as digital technology tears down the barriers to entry.

A college kid could make an epic adventure film in her or his dorm room with nothing but a decent laptop, an HD camera, and a makeshift green screen.  (Is it mere coincidence that the Wizard of Oz hid behind a green curtain?)

The studio system is passing away, along with the paternalistic, coastal-elite attitudes that have dominated Hollywood for the past several decades.  New voices are emerging, and we for one can’t wait to hear what they have to say.

Smash Cut Culture is a beta project, loosely affiliated with Taliesin Nexus.  The views expressed here are strictly the opinions of the contributors themselves and are not to be attributed to Taliesin Nexus (unless explicitly stated otherwise).

Comments Policy

As supporters of free speech, we hope to see lively discussion on this blog.  But while we don’t mind vigorous disagreement, we expect people to be respectful toward one another.   What follows is a set of guidelines for comments posted here:

1.  Comments deemed to be spam, potential spam, or blatant promotion may be deleted.  Comments should be relevant to the discussion at hand.  If someone is promoting something relevant to the discussion or to our blog’s or organization’s mission, we may let it stand.

2.  Comments that are abusive, insulting, or resort to name-calling may be deleted, and commenters who engage in such conduct may be blocked.  Comments containing gratuitous or unimaginative profanity may also be deleted.

3.  Comments that attack or insult someone on a personal level, or may be deemed potentially libelous, may be deleted.  We do not make any warranties or promises to police the comments section for potentially libelous comments, however.

4.  Commenters are solely responsible for any liability or damages that may arise from their comments or links, photos, videos, or other material they post herein.

5.  We reserve the right to delete, edit or block any comments or commenters for whatever reason, whether or not they adhere to these guidelines.

6.  Our failure to delete certain comments does not connote our agreement with such comments.  We do not assume responsibility for the content of any comments posted herein, and we make no promises or warranties that we will or are able to police or screen comments with any due diligence.

7.  These are mere guidelines and not hard and fast rules, and we make no  claim to enforce them consistently or fairly.  Our comments policy is subject to change or whim at any time without notice.

8.  All of these guidelines and disclaimers apply to posts by contributors herein.

9.  Taliesin Nexus and Smash Cut Culture make no warranties and assume no responsibility or liability for any damages or legal liability that may arise from comments or posts placed here by commenters or contributors, who are solely responsible for the content and any links, photos, videos, or other material associated with their posts.  All contributors are entirely independent, not employees of Taliesin Nexus or Smash Cut Culture, and they do not represent Taliesin Nexus in any capacity.

10.  Other than all that, let’s have fun!

Want to be a contributor?

Smash Cut Culture is looking for contributors who share our passion for pop culture and a free society. Contact us via the contact form on this blog with a brief description of your relevant background and experience,and what you could bring to the virtual table here.  If you are an alumnus or alumna of one of Taliesin Nexus’s programs (workshops, internships, etc.), let us know.

And if you want to contribute to our culture, go to Taliesin Nexus‘s website to read about all of our training programs and consider applying to one of them today.