So I’ve been reading Short Films 101: How to Make a Short and Launch Your Filmmaking Career by Frederick Levy and it’s a helpful book. Talks about the value of short films if your goal is to be a filmmaker. And it gives lots of first hand examples of people who’ve done it, as well as generalized building blocks of making a film. But the book title really says it all; launch your career. My copy is from the library, but this might be one of those books I buy a used copy of for reference; because a lot of the names that pop up are people who’ve been pretty successful.