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.