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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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  • VB
    11/01/15
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kenji
    18/10/15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dinh Dien
    13/10/15
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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
  • Dan Portnoy
    Pasadena, CA
    9/09/15
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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
  • norman rogers
    6/05/15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vales Tales
    Northern California
    15/03/15
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    "A great short book about a great big subject"

    this book exceeded my expectations.

    It's both entertaining and informative. The author clearly knows her subject, has been both a film festival (Sundance!) Curator, And a short film maker herself.

    She reads the book very entertainingly and again, is both interesting and often very funny.

    This book goes by very quickly, and is worth listening to a lot more than once.

    Lots of great tips, practical advice, suggestions and ideas both for making the film, and marketing.

    I also have the text version on my Kindle for easy reference.

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gheorghe
    5/02/15
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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.

    A

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Taylor Ellis
    20/01/17
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    "Waste of my credit"

    This book points out the obvious a lot. It may be useful to you if you have no experience in the industry, but it seems to be the same old song most of us have always heard, and it's read in an almost condescending tone. It feels like she wrote the book so someone would listen to what she had to say rather than to teach people about making shorts for festivals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. David Love
    Kansas City, MO USA
    21/06/16
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George
    10/12/15
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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?

    No


    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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Adrian
    26/07/16
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    "Marvelous"

    Grateful to the author, the content and the effort. Well done! I think it will...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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