Creative Essentials are nice compact size books and very well organized in content. The information is accurate and comprehensive. "Short Films" is no exception and provides a good deal but is not as useful as one would expect. The information is borderline general and practical. The person who reads Short Films will benefit from a good deal of information in that regards but still has a good deal to learn before finds one on track. How-to books are good for learning the very practical stuff needed to get to work and succeed. Short Films qualifies as a how-to but is provides a good deal of information adequate for career person who wants to be well rounded in their position rather than someone who is 100% about results. I think it addresses a British filmmaker more than an American and comes across as a huge load of stuff only a little of which is needed for sure.