10,000 Miles to Go: An American Filmmaking Odyssey

Written by Jason Rosette ⎮ Narrated by Jason Rosette

Author: Jason Rosette
Narrator: Jason Rosette
Length: 4 hours and 49 minutes
Publisher: Camerado Media
Released: Jan. 22, 2020
Genre: TV & Film

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A must listen for any bootstrapping creative or entrepreneur!

10,000 Miles to Go: An American Filmmaking Odyssey focuses on the making of an award winning contemporary feature film, which was successfully bootstrapped against monumental odds with near-zero funding, yet which made its way to numerous international sales and broadcasts and a place in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC, films collection. From concept through worldwide international sales, 10,000 Miles to Go takes you through through the entire process - warts and all - stripping away the glamour of the movie business to reveal what it takes to bootstrap and execute an ambitious startup creative project with maximum impact on a minimal budget.

An essential book about filmmaking, movie and video directing, film editing, scriptwriting, and production, 10,000 Miles to Go is also a book which any startup entrepreneur or creative will find absolutely revealing and illuminating.

10,000 Miles to Go is a fascinating and insightful listen for all kinds of bootstrappers and entrepreneurs, whether working in media, business, creative fields, or tech startup areas! Told in a conversational and often humorous style, 10,000 Miles to Go is a real life chronicle and expression of what many of today's creative and entrepreneurial types - in all fields - will encounter as they pursue their own particular dreams, ambitions, and explorations without much in the way of financial backing, safety nets, or safe-words for that matter.

With this audiobook you will learn:

  • How to understand the mindset and challenges of bootstrapping a project
  • How to use creativity and an asymmetrical ("guerilla") approach in place of money
  • How to overcome psychological barriers, fear, and doubt during the process
  • How to navigate the "realpolitik" behind a project's execution: the alliances, and the real dynamics of competition in the field
  • How to demystify the production process of a long form filmmaking venture
  • How to apply bootstrapping principles to your own business or project
  • How to exploit opportunities to the maximum, whatever field you may be working in!
  • How technological changes in any industry can have a massive impact on outcomes

Note: This audiobook is based upon real, unfiltered discussions with filmmaker and writer-director Jason Rosette (jasonrosette.com). All material is from the entrepreneur-filmmaker's point of view - this audiobook includes plenty of exclusive stories you definitely won't hear at film school! Whether making a film, a movie, writing a book, undertaking an edit of a production, listeners will learn what really goes into the shoot of a film or video project, and what it takes to direct as a filmmaker.

This is an audiobook on filmmaking for real indie filmmakers, allowing the maker to capture with a camera and effectively transmit a vision onto the screen - whether a project involves a lot of editing, a new director still learning techniques, or a seasoned producer shooting a script or slate of movies for digital distribution.

This audiobook was provided by its author, Jason Rosette, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, Jason!

Willow's Review

5 Stars

Author and Narrator Jason Rosette have brilliantly shared his experiences as a "bootstrapping" filmmaker in the late 1990s and early 2000s in pursuit of creating the film Book Wars. The film captured the daily struggles and lifestyles of New York City's booksellers sequestered in outdoor stands with gritty authenticity and realism. Not only was Jason a filmmaker, but he was also a determined entrepreneur who struggled for many years to see his dream to completion. Via tenacity Jason endured many financial hardships setbacks, each time life threw him a curveball, Jason found a creative way to combat those challenges and continue on his path. He also shared bits of hilarity from DIY film equipment and odious characters he met along the way—his vocal narration gives brio and believability to his anecdotal accounts for those flagrant characters.

10,000 Miles to Go is not only about the journey of a filmmaker and his quest to succeed, Jason also gave advice for those who are pursuing an unorthodox path in the world of the arts or a dream that is not a straightforward path to success. Jason's enthusiasm for entrepreneurialism, coupled with his life experiences, created a motivational audio experience for the listener. Jason has a calm, yet assured cadence to his vocal abilities that render this to be more than a novel; it is a motivational book as well, peppered with real-life scenarios that one can apply to his or her unique situation or dream in pursuit. Artists, dreamers, and entrepreneurs alike will surely find reassurance in Jason's story and, most likely, a bit of motivation as well.

Jason did complete the film; he managed to find various ways to air the movie via Television networks both in the US and abroad. Since the film has developed a bit of a "cult" following in the US and pockets of Europe.

The only bit of criticism held for 10,000 Miles to Go was the fact that throughout the book, a few minor grammatical and syntax issues did subtract from the overall listening experience. Also, the narration is well done but does become a bit flat simply because there are not any sounds effects, simply the author's voice throughout the book.

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