Make Your Own Damn Movie! Secrets of a Renegade Director

ISBN-10: 0312288646
ISBN-13: 9780312288648
Edition: 2003 (Revised)
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Description: Lloyd Kaufman, the writer/producer/director of such cult-classic films as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High, and Tromeo and Juliet, offers a guide to movie-making unlike any other available anywhere. In 25 years, Kaufman, along with partner  More...

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.05" wide x 8.51" long x 0.86" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Lloyd Kaufman, the writer/producer/director of such cult-classic films as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High, and Tromeo and Juliet, offers a guide to movie-making unlike any other available anywhere. In 25 years, Kaufman, along with partner Michael Herz, has built Troma Studios up from a company struggling to find its voice in a field crowded with competitors to its current—and legendary—status as a lone survivor, a bastion of true cinematic independence, and the world's greatest collection of camp on film. As entertaining and funny as it is informative and insightful, Make Your Own Damn Movie! places Kaufman's radically low-budget, independent-studio style of filmaking directly in the reader's hands. Thus we learn how to: develop and write a knock-out screenplay; raise funding; find locations and cast actors; hire a crew; obtain equipment, permits, and music rights (all for little or no money); make incredible special effects for $0.79 each; charm, schmooze, and network while on the film-festival circuit; and, finally, make a bad actor act so bad it's actually good. From scriptwriting and directing to financing and marketing, this book is brimming with utterly off-the-wall, decidedly maverick, yet consistently proven advice on how to fully develop one's idea for an independent film.

James Gunn, emeritus professor of English at the University of Kansas, has published 36 books and nearly 100 short stories. His novels include "The Immortals", "The Joy Makers", "The Listeners", and "The Dreamers". He has published seven collections of short stories, including "Future Imperfect" and "Breaking Point". As a professor, he taught fiction writing and science fiction, including a long-running intensive Writers Workshop in Science Fiction. His books about science fiction include "Alternate Worlds: The Illustrated History of Science Fiction"," Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction", "Inside Science Fiction", and the six-volume "The Road to Science Fiction". He has now pulled together his experience in writing science fiction and helping others write fiction into "The Science of Science-Fiction Writing". He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Let's Make Some Art!
The Man Is Insane, But in a Good Way
Raising Money or Mastering the Ancient Art of Fellatio
Getting Your Budget by Any Means Necessary or Why Kidneys Come in Pairs
500 Useless Screenwriting Books Boiled Down to One Short Chapter
I Was a Troma Screenwriter
Meet Your Future Victims! - Hiring the Crew
The Tom Sawyer Theory of Hiring Production Assistants
Dumpster Diving for Fun and Profit
Viddy Well, Little Brother
Get Your Wimmen Nekkid and Other Invaluable Casting Tips
I Was a Troma Actor or How I Flushed a Promising and Lucrative Computer Career Straight Down the Crapper
Fire Truck Love
Pre-production - The Key to Your Future Therapy
Covering Your Ass (Both Metaphorically and Literally)
Regarding Backup Plans - Wherein Lloyd Rejects a Perfectly Good Backup Plan Only to, in the End, Use It to Great Success or The Midget Story
How to See the Inside of a Courtroom
Locations - Shooting the Society Without Completely Pissing off the Locals
The Troma Historical Recreation Society Proudly Presents Dachau in Poughkeepsie (Trent Haaga on Accomodations)
There's No Such Thing as Bad Publicity ... Unless You're Filming an African-American Being Dragged to His Death Behind a Pickup Truck
Welcome to Your Nightmare: The First 24 Hours of Production
The Myth of Eating Properly
Sound - The One Thing You Are Most Likely to Fuck Up
All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger, Quite Literally
Stunts and Special Effects - How to Simulate a Violent Death and Stay Out of Jail
Troma's E-Z Bake Special Effects Recipes for Boys and Girls
Fix It in Post! Wherein Once-Solid Relationships of Trust, Respect, and Mutual Admiration Degenerate into Bickering and Pointless Name-Calling
Razor Blades, Tape, and Suicide Attempts: Editing the Old-Fashioned Way
The Dark, Mysterious Realm of the Associate Editor
Marketing, Publicity and Distribution - Whoring Yourself Out for Your Art Yet Again
Semi-Legal Ways to Get Noticed at Festivals
Planet Cannes
Doin' Time for Independent Cinema
Epilogue - The Big Emotional Spielberg Ending
Index

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