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Lloyd Kaufman
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1 Aug 2003
In 25 years, Lloyd Kaufman has built up TromaStudios into a legendary production studio,responsible for such camp cult classics as TheToxic Avenger and Class of Nuke Em High. Now,Kaufman takes his independent studio style offilmmaking and puts it in the reader's hands,showing them how to: develop and write a knockoutscreenplay; raise funds for production; findlocations and cast actors, crew, equipment,permits and music rights; cheap but incrediblespecial effects; and make a bad actor act sobadly, they're good.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1 edition (1 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312288646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312288648
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Winner of the lifetime achievement award for his body of work and important contribution to the filmindustry at this years's prestigious Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, Lloyd Kaufman is a genius making masterpieces on a budget that would barely be enough to pay for one day's catering on an average Hollywood producton and he does it for thirty years now. In a world where low budget independent filmmaking means manymultimillion dollar productions by subdivisions of Warner and Disney, Lloyd Kaufman survived for three decades (and counting) with his truly independent filmcompany Troma and in doing so directed, produced and/or wrote dozens of brilliant films (plus distributed hundreds more works that would otherwise have been totally neglected) without which the world would be an even less happy place! Heck - his work provided loads of "inspiration" (i.e. rips-off-ism) for the big ones who simply aren't creative enough to come up with their own masterpieces.
Want to know how he does it? Interested in learning from his expertise making true art and surviving in an industry that is almost entirely taken over by those big conglomerates? Need to know how you can make your own film you have been dreaming about for so long, but felt discouraged by the way the world has turned out to be? READ HIS BRILLIANT BOOK "MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE"! If there is one person alive (or dead, but they usually don't say too much to begin with) who can actually tell you how to overwin all possible obstacles you might -and will- encounter realising your plans, it is Lloyd Kaufman. He has lived it, he is still doing it, and every film he makes is better than the previous one, even while the problems are getting bigger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Inavaluable. Literally. 28 April 2003
This latest pile of entertaining information from El Tromatique Presidente Senior Kaufman is an invaluable resource for the aspiring (and perspiring) everyday independent film maker.
From scriptwriting to auditioning, filming to editing and vomiting to head-crushing, "Make Your Own Damn Movie" soars above anything Syd Field ever wrote on the subject and will surely grace the back pocket of every film student for years to come.
The most prominent and stand-out feature in the book is Kaufman's witty repartee - a marvellous textual raconteur with an eye for deep description. "Make Your Own Damn Movie" even soars above and beyond Kaufman's previous effort "Everything I Need to Know About Film Making I Learned from the Toxic Avenger" - providing a more rigid and cohesive structure on his subject in a more "How-To" kind of a way: something which will be infinitely helpful to those who wish to avoid inevitable dangers of their next production.
Consider a full FIVE PAGE war between Kaufman himself and Troma regular Trent Haaga argue over film and video and which is the better format to shoot on: a war which certainly outlines both the pros and cons of such formats but also develops (or is that deteriorates?) into an all-out personal war! This is true nitty gritty stuff from the team who take pride in satarizing retarded kids shooting each other up Columbine-style.
Overall, MYODM is essential reading for the more serious wannabe film maker or even those with an interesting in the subject and are simply up for a curious giggle on how Troma make their stuff:- it's an excellent starter's guide for beginners and a timeless definitive, if a little disgusting, recap for those already in the know.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not an Easy Read. 7 Feb 2012
I like reading "How to Make a Movie" books. I own quite a few. I thought this one would be an interesting addition to my library but, alas, it has proven to be one of my least favourite.

Whilst I admire what they have managed to achieve, over at Troma, this book really doesn't convey many positives about them or the industry. It was a difficult read not only because there are so many pages printed in black with white type or the many, many footnotes but because the author, Lloyd, spent a lot of the text arguing with his cohorts in a conversational/confrontational style. Amusing? No.

There's also a lot of 'fill' where I think he's just trying to keep his daily word count up. At times, I really wasn't sure if this was a self-help manual or a bitter personal rant at the film industry in general.

I already know that making a movie will be a long drawn out process where you will go to hell and back to get it finished and sell your grandmother to fund it. I can live with that. What I found most unhelpful was how he seems to have upset/fallen out with/argued/fought just about everyone who has worked for him...and they appear to work for him for free or very little.

This may be true but it speaks more about his personality and management style than it does about his film-making abilities.

I really, really wanted to like this book but it was a tough read that took a lot of effort just to finish it. If anything, it has put me off making films. Maybe that was his plan. I wish them well and still highly recommend viewing any of the Troma back catalogue.
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