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How Not to Make a Short Film Audiobook

How Not to Make a Short Film: Secrets from a Sundance Programmer

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Publisher's Summary

Anyone can make a short film, right? Just grab some friends and your handheld and you can do it in a weekend or two before being accepted to a slew of film festivals, right?

Wrong.

Roberta Munroe screened short film submissions at Sundance for five years, and is an award-winning short filmmaker in her own right. So she knows a thing or two about how not to make a short film. From the first draft of your script to casting, production, editing, and distribution, this is your one-stop primer for breaking into the business. Featuring interviews with many of today's most talented writers, producers, and directors, as well as revealing stories (e.g., what to do when the skinhead crack addict next door begins screaming obscenities as soon as you call "action") from the sets of her own short films, Roberta walks you through the minefield of mistakes that an aspiring filmmaker can make - so that you don't have to make them yourself.

©2009 Roberta Marie Munroe (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Roberta Munroe is that rare person in the film world who can not only recognize an inspired, great film, but she can actually help you make one." (Mark Duplass, Sundance and SXSW award-winning filmmaker)

"Roberta Munroe is brilliant. Her advice and insights on our project, The Tribe, from rough cut to completed film were instrumental and invaluable to its success. It is exciting to think that all filmmakers will have access to her incredible mind and experience through this book." (Tiffany Shlain, award-winning filmmaker)

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    "Awesome!"

    I read the book when it was first printed, but it was great to actually hear Ms. Munroe read the audio book herself. Nice voice over!

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    Kenji 10-18-15
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    "Inspiring!"

    All I can say is I have learned a lot from this book and very thankful to the author for her wisdom.

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    Dinh Dien 10-13-15
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    "SHE'S OUR FILM FEST SPY"

    So much insight to what I thought I already knew! Roberta has acted as a film festival spy for us filmmakers! Definitely will take the advice going forward! Thanks Roberta! I'm sure we'll be in touch soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Portnoy Pasadena, CA 09-09-15
    Dan Portnoy Pasadena, CA 09-09-15 Member Since 2012

    Writer, Director, Producer. Be Safe

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    "Crucial for any filmmaker"

    There's just too much info for someone to remember. Get your producer room team together, give them this incredible resource and make your film amazing!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gheorghe 02-05-15
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    "Don't buy it"

    The most superficial filmmaking book I have ever read.

    No inside advice and a very cocky attitude over nothing.

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    J. David Love Kansas City, MO USA 06-21-16
    J. David Love Kansas City, MO USA 06-21-16 Member Since 2016

    Be yourself to the maximum.

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    "Outstanding balance of knowledge and experience. "

    I absolutely love this book. There's so much here for us independent filmmakers. Buy it!

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    "Outdated and irrelevant"
    What disappointed you about How Not to Make a Short Film?

    The book reads more like a self-aggrandizing memoir than as helpful guidance to film makers. The author's experience in the early 2000's with film based production is almost irrelevant to today's digital production. With respect to film festival guidance it is contradictory and confusing. The author's/narrator's voice sounds as if it has been recorded while speaking into a bucket - tiring to listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roberta Marie Munroe’s performances?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How Not to Make a Short Film?

    References to personal experiences.


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    Tommy G. Kendrick 08-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. There is a lot of excellent information in here for the beginning short film producer or producer/dir. As with other books related to the movie business, I think it will be helpful to also purchase the hard copy. But I like having this to listen to while in the car. Well done for my purposes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll get the hard copy as well.

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    Anthony 05-24-15
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    "I love this book and hate this book"

    It's absolutely 5 stars. The information is great and the anecdotes interesting, but wow from thinking I was close to ready.... It really made me stop and realise I had a lot more to do. She's balances ideals with realism... With a touch of skepticism and a heap of encouragement.

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    "picked up before a 48 hour film fest"

    While the book was an interesting stream of conciousness on the authors experiences the book was not helpful in a technical sense.

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