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1st Edition

Produce Your Own Damn Movie!

ISBN 9780240810454
Published August 7, 2009 by Routledge
306 Pages

USD $24.95

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Book Description

When it comes to producing, no one speaks with more authority than Lloyd Kaufman, founder of the longest-running independent film studio, Troma Entertainment. He reveals the best ways to seek out investors, scout locations, hire crew and cast talent, navigate legalities, and stay within your budget. Featuring tips from some of the finest producers in the business (Mark Damon, James Gunn, Mark Harris, Tery Jones, Brad Kevoy, Stepehn Paul, and more!) , this book gives filmmakers practical tools for getting a movie shoot started, keeping it afloat and seeing it through to the end. Candid interviews, tips, tricks, and tidbits scattered throughout the book illustrate the many techniques you can employ to produce your own damn movie-Lloyd Kaufman shows you how it's really done.


This volume reveals the secrets of producing a low-budget independent film. Covering everything about production from the initial movie idea, all the way through pre-production and up to the first day of principal photography (including budgeting concerns to production-damaging acts of God), you'll get the inside track to producing your own damn movie.


Produce Your Own Damn Movie! will be your step-by-step guide on the journey to:

* Maximize production values with a minimal budget

* Scout locations

* Different producing models

* Develop business plans

* Pre-selling your movie


Hysterical in tone, filmmakers and producers won't be able to put this book down.

Produce Your Own Damn Movie! is the second volume in the Focal Press series Your Own Damn Film School. Check out the first volume in the series, Direct Your Own Damn Movie!

Table of Contents

Introduction: Charlie Kaufman is My Doppelganger or Why I Want to Blow My Fucking Brains Out


Preamble to Chapter 1 Ask Lloyd: Penniless in Pittsburgh


Chapter 1: Producing Models and Car Models or Producing America's Next Top Tromodel

Producer Vocabulary Lesson #1: Executive Producer

Out with the Old..And in with the Who?


Attempt #2 to define "Executive Producer" by Avi Lerner


Preamble to Chapter 2 Ask Lloyd: Nervous in Naples


Chapter 2: How I Got a Rabbi To Hate Jews or How I Let Oliver Stone Beat the Crap Out of Me to Hone His Producer Skills

Producer Vocabulary: Co-Executive Producer

Speaking of Yale.

But Enough About Halitosis.

Mark Harris Finds Art in the Passion, Not Necessarily the Deal

Don't Believe in the Top 100, Top 10 or Top Anything Lists

Just Like JFK and Nixon.

How Steven Paul Got Started at the Ripe Old Age of 12

Joe Dante Explains the Ideal Relationship

Back to the Big Fuss

Mick Garris Distinguishes the Masters of Horrors


Preamble to Chapter 3 Ask Lloyd: So Close in So. Cal


Chapter 3: Film School or Porno?: Taint No Difference or My Dinner with Louis Su

Producer Vocabulary: Producer

Sage Advice from Roger Corman.Also Some Oregano Advice

Screenplay Excerpt from the Ho Tse Toh Tse Restaurant starring Louis Su, Lloyd Kaufman, David Chien and Reed Morano

Ernest Dickerson Does Not Dickerson Around

The Core of More from Roger Corman

A Note from Marianne Williamson to Lloyd

In the Trent-ches with Trent Haaga


Preamble to Chapter 4 Ask Lloyd: Losing It In Las Vegas

Chapter 4: Producing Movies Inevitably Gets You Stoned (and is Really, Really Hard) or A Union Dose of Some Shirley Jackson Optimism Goes a Long Way

Producer Vocabulary: Co-Producer

A Note from My Editrix

An E-mail Exchange with John Carpenter's Assistant

The Ultimate Self-Stoning Job Or There's a Hole in My Begel Bagel, Man: A Short History of David Begelman

A Lottery Ticket with a Big "?" on the Prize

Lloyd's Assistant Matt Lawrence Explains How Shanley Gave Lloyd the Shaft.ley

Mark Harris Gets Stood Up By Oscar

You Don't Have to Be a Shithead to be a Producer

Which Way Went Blair Witch?

Getting High-up at IHOP: Lessons from Stan Lee

Terry Jones Tells Us Why His Producer Was Not the Messiah, Just A Very Naughty Boy!

Quoth the Draven Ever More

Why Tamar Simon Hoffs Always Makes Up Three Different Budgets for the Same Film

The MPAA Lottery

Paul Hertzberg Advises Against Falling in Love with an Un-commercial Project

Avi Lerner and Buddy Giovinazzo Say Unions Cause America's Lottery

My Perfect Night In

Making a Movie Sucks."Why Are We Doing This.We Hate Making Movies!" by Stoning Victims Trey Parker and Matt Stone

This is Fucking Depressing.Anybody Else Want to Stop Reading and Go Out For a Beer?


Preamble to Chapter 5 Ask Lloyd: Eager in Erie


Chapter 5: Is There a Business Plan? Is IMDB Ass? or Secrets of Financing and Producing from the Pickled Brain of an Elaborate Non-Pyramid Schemer

Producer Vocabulary: Line Producer

A Note from My Editrix

Line Producer, Redefined

A Few Words via E-mail from my Co-author Ashley

Compare, Contrast, Coagulate!: Lloyd's Producing and Acting Resumes on and

The Accidental Business Plan

Roger Corman Puts His Finger on the Money Question

Real Talk About Real Estate and "Reel" Mistakes

Avi Lerner Reminds Us That Producing is Not Just an Art, It's a Business

Simple Math is My Favorite Kind.Call It Tro-Math

Brian Yuzna Tells You How Money Has Changed Over the Years

A Little More Exploitation for the Road

Jist So This Chipter Don't Seam Two Poifect.

Intermission: Andy Deemer Production Diaries


Preamble to Chapter 6 Ask Lloyd: Starstruck in Starbucks


Chapter 6: Pre-Sell Your Flick in a Game of Five Card Stud or Go For a Straight Flush

Producer Vocabulary: Associate Producer

What Is the IFTA and Why You Mr./Ms. Producer, Ought to Give a Shit!

Just How Does the IFTA Define An "Independent Film"?

Why the Heck I Ran for IFTA Chairperson

What's so Friggin' Important About the United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc. in 1948?

What are the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules?

Lloyd Pens a Note to President Barack Obama

Comedy Central Proves My Point

Brian Yuzna Gives You a Lesson on the Evolution from the Video Age to the Modern Age

What is Pre-Selling?: Lloyd Asks Paul Hertzberg

More on That Pre-Selling Thing From A Sales Agent (Who, In My Opinion, is Also a Producer): An Interview with Kathy Morgan About Her Game of Five Card Stud (Actor, Director, Producer, Script, Domestic Distribution)

But Why Would I Need a Sales Agent? I Know How to Hustle! by Jean Prewitt


Preamble to Chapter 7 Ask Lloyd: Anxious in Anchorage


Chapter 7: Fuck Me Jesus on a Pogo Stick! - WHERE am I Going to Produce My Own Damn Movie? or The Secrets of The Location Vocation

Producer Vocabulary: Location Manager and Unit Production Manager

Location Locution: Choosing a Location and Getting it in Writing and Lots More

Hanger: A Case Study and Melvina Gets Her Groove On

What State Are You In?

From Permits to Credits: Lloyd's Film Commmish Wife Pattie-Pie Gives You the Skinny on Incentives and Why the Film Commissioner of Where You Are Shooting Could Be Your Best Friend

Paul Hertzberg Gives Us a Reason to Stop Making Fun of Canadians

Bunny Hopping My Way to a Movie of the Future

My Catering Standards

Uh.How Do You Even Pay People to Begin With? - Setting Up an LLC

Whatever You Do, Get Insurance!

How Debbie Rochon Did Not Get a Hand or Can You Digit?

Brian Yuzna Also Defects North

Trent Haaga Gets Thrown in a Trent-ch on Location

Brian Yuzna Ran From the Indies to the Andes in his Undies.or at Least From Indonesia to Spain

Lloyd's Brother Charles Kaufman Does Not Have Indo-Amnesia: The Director of Mother's Day Suckles at the Breast of Producing in A Far Way Land


Preamble to Chapter 8 Ask Lloyd: Pumped Up In Peoria


Chapter 8: How To Do It Hollywood Style or Lloyd Kaufman is the Herpes of the Film Industry. He Won't Go Away.

Producer Vocabulary: Assistant Producer

Producing, Directing and Lloyd, Oh My! By James Gunn

Working at Troma Isn't Always Toxierrific! By Caroline Baron

The Two Heads of Lloyd Kaufman

Avi Lerner: A Rambo Style Rebel In Hollywood

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Crank It Up

The Duplass Brothers Motto: "Make Movies, Not Meetings"

Kingpin Brad Krevoy Un-masks the Hollywood Mystery: Powerful Agents Make Powerful Films Happen in a Powerful Way and the 411 About Producing Powerful Comedies

The Way In: High Voltage Wisdom from Neveldine and Taylor While Larry Cohen Says "God Told Me To Write a Great Script"


Preamble to Chapter 9 Ask Lloyd: Frustrated in Frankfurt


Chapter 9: Face the Music: Post-Production and Distribution or Pump Up Your Production to a Higher Level

Producer Vocabulary: Internet

The Commander-in-Chief Writes Back!

Joe Lynch Likes Makin' Music (Videos)

The Duplass Brothers Say Go For the Volume (and Neveldine and Taylor Interject)

Thank You For The Music by Dennis Dreith

Editing and Post-Production: Troma Fan Daniel Archambeault-May Teaches You Everything You Need to Know About Free Software to Produce and Edit Your Own Damn Movie

Herschell Gordon Lewis Says "Distribution, Distribution, Distribution"

Doing the Distribution Dance By Mark Damon

A Late Night E-mail from My Former Assistant and Former Co-Writer Sara


Preamble to Afterword

Ask Lloyd: Frugal in Fargo



A Trio of E-mail Exchanges Among Ashley, Elinor and Lloyd, and A Final Final Ending to This Book About Producing



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Lloyd Kaufman is one of the very few genuine auteur filmmakers. He has written, produced, and/or directed more than 25 films, including "The Toxic Avenger", "Terror Firmer", "Tromeo and Juliet", and "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead". Kaufman is president of the world-famous Troma Entertainment, the oldest and, arguably, the longest-running truly independent film studio in history. He is also the president of the IFTA (Independent Film & Television Alliance), whose members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually.


Kaufman is a true original, a filmmaker who has used the freedom of low budgets and disreputable genres to express subversive political views and provide gobs of gore and gratuitous nudity. It is hard to think of another book that is simultaneously so honest and so inspiring; the fact that it is also smart, hilarious and informative makes Produce Your Own Damn Movie! a real treasure. - Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer Magazine

"Founder of Troma Entertainment, the longest-running entertainment studio, Kaufman knows what he's talking about when it comes to producing your own indie movie. With candid interviews featuring some of the best producers working in the field, Kaufman shares funny, helpful tips on how to get your movie made." - Goldy Moldavsky, Independent Magazine

"[Kaufman is] humorous, smart, observant, educated and at times completely insane. All the workings of a long-time producer. Lloyd goes over financials, selling films, making films cheaply and reusing scenes as much as you can get away with. Now that's talent!."  -

"Candid interviews, tips, tricks and tidbits scattered throughout the DVD give filmmakers practical tools for getting a movie shoot off the ground, keeping it afloat and seeing it through to the end- Lloyd Kaufman shows you how it's really done."!

"[D]on't expect to plop this in the tray and be led from point A to point B, thinking you'll soon know exactly what to do. However, you'll still get a ton of useful advice, especially if you're a good study, and you'll probably watch certain segments multiple times as you get ready to produce your own damn movie. But even more casual movie fans (sure, I'd like to write a few screenplays some day - who wouldn't?) such as myself can find plenty of entertainment while enjoying these 'on the down low' interviews with indie movie greats. Lloyd's always got a trick up his sleeve, but here amongst the rock bottom production costs of this set is a treasure trove of information."

"With the advent of digital cameras and affordable home editing studios, who needs film school anymore? Sure that diploma might look great on your mom's wall, but really, isn't the best film school just going out there and making your own damn movie? Lloyd Kaufman, founder of Troma, the longest-running ultra-indie film studio in America, believes so. In this third installment of his Make Your Own Damn Movie series, he (with help from other low-budget filmmakers) offers advice on how to raise money, make the most of available production values and locations, develop business plans, and pre-sell your movie, all filtered through that irrepressibly irreverent Kaufman persona Troma fans have come to love over the years. This series is better than any film school, with more real-world, "learn by doing" applications for those of us who'll never be in the director's chair for a big corporate studio. And that's OK. They'll only water down your erotic zombie thriller anyway."--Colorado Springs Independent