In high school, Lanthro Munroe had his sights set on a professional soccer career; but upon graduation, his parents sat him down for a heart-to-heart chat about his future goals to determine whether a professional soccer career was a viable option. It was after that talk; two dreams that he had – one which involved a conversation with his dad telling him to inform his mother that he was going to film school, and another that ironically entailed an encountered with Tyler Perry before he even knew him; as well as prayers with God, that Munroe, who also enjoyed a creative streak, switched his focus from soccer and decided to explore alternatives in creative arts. A year later he enrolled in film school in Colorado where he studied writing and producing for film and video. Today, Munroe is an assistant editor in the editorial department at Tyler Perry Studios and his name is among the credits in Tyler Perry shows “Sistas” as well as “The Oval” currently airing on BET, as well as The Oval’s anticipated spin-off “Ruthless”. Munroe also worked on season three of BET’s “From the Bottom Up” and seasons seven and eight of Fox’s “Dish Nation”.
“I’m excited for everything that’s been happening,” Munroe told The Nassau Guardian from Atlanta, Georgia, via the telephone. “I’m enjoying the process and everything that has been happening.”
Since entering the industry six year ago, and getting his first film in 2015, he said he strategically stayed underground and didn’t go public with a lot of things he had done and worked on, because he just wanted it to be about him getting the work done. Munroe wanted to prove himself to himself, so that when his accomplishments became public, the work he did would be irrefutable.
To him, at this point in his career, having his name in the credits for successful shows has become normal.
“I’ve been on multiple shows, so I get it. It was polarizing.”
Munroe’s job description entails taking raw footage shot daily, and his department is tasked with processing it so that it can be edit-friendly. Once the editors work with the story producers, Munroe’s department sends cuts to the executive team, music producers and the channel (BET or Own) to ensure quality. Once they get their notes back and they get scores – and the audio and color people do their thing – Munroe’s department then sends the packages to the network. And that finished product is what is seen on television.
Munroe is settling into his new position in the editorial department at Tyler Perry Studios after successful tenures with “Dish Nation” and collaborations with Coco Studios, the first major film studios owned by a black woman in the Atlanta area, where he was the creative producer.
Munroe chalks up his success to a combination of being in the right place at the right time, but also having the willingness to listen, learn and develop his skills further in an industry that is always evolving.
“I would also say that it has to do with consistently being prepared and practicing and being humble enough to take every opportunity as a lesson,” said the son of Sharlene Saunders and Lansan Munroe.
Munroe, who returns home for visits at least three times a year (he was home just two weeks ago), is a Temple Christian School graduate. He left for college in 2011, returned in 2013 and worked for a stint at Movi Bahamas before he left in 2015 to give “free-range” to his creative side.
“Growing up and even now, a lot of creatives felt stifled [in The Bahamas], especially in the film industry. I was very fortunate to have found opportunities to pursue it with production companies,” he said.
Over the years, Munroe dabbled in a little of everything, from acting to operating cameras and writing, before determining his niche. And he has proven himself as a writer/producer/director, having been a part of several major projects in Atlanta and Los Angeles. In spite of his international strides, he admits he would love to see the Caribbean region follow Asian and African creatives who are not waiting for Hollywood to open doors for them.
“We (Caribbean region) have amazing talent. On all levels. I want to be in a strategic position to help cultivate that talent and I know that in the very near future, the same way they are seeking content in African and Asian countries for major platforms, they are going to be seeking talent from The Bahamas and Caribbean also. It’s only a matter of time,” he said.
Munroe has done music videos for Bodine, in the capacity of camera operator; and Baha Men, Najie Dunn and MDeez as a production manager.
In his football days, Munroe played with Cavalier FC as well as Dynamos FC.