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Product Details

  • Series: Your Own Damn Film School {Series}
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081052X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240810522
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's funny, it's profane, and you may learn a thing or two." - Internet Video Magazine

From the Back Cover

The Independent Directing Bible that will fit in your back pocket!
(If you have an extremely large pocket...)

Have you always wanted to direct a movie, but don't know how to start?

Want to know how to get your first directing job?

What do directors even do, anyway?

Legendary director Lloyd Kaufman, creator of The Toxic Avenger, reveals 40 years worth of maverick cinematic know-how! Direct Your Own Damn Movie! will be your step-by-step roadmap on the journey through:
* Scriptwriting
* Pre-production
* Casting
* Managing your set
* Post-production
* Distribution

Master the art of directing the easy way! There is no better way to become a director than by following the instruction and wisdom of an actual successful film director, not someone who just talks about it.

Featuring expert advice from:
Eli Roth (Grindhouse, Hostel)
Jenna Fischer (LolliLove)
Stan Lee (co-writer Spider-Man, Fantastic Four)
Ron Jeremy (credits cannot be printed here)
Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator)
James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead, Slither)
...and many more!

WARNING!
Do not read this book if you suffer from motion sickness, or are about to operate heavy machinery. This book is not for the faint of heart, the good of taste, or those who might be pregnant.

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Now, buy this book so you can "Direct your own Damn Movie!"
Edgar Allen Poe
His books are "essential reading" for anyone who is serious about making independent movies.
Charles Fleming
And look for Lloyd Kaufman's latest book, 'Produce Your Own Damn Movie!'
M. Kesterson

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. McMullen on April 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
The world is full of books written by Motion Picture Directors who peresevered and completed film school, completed long & arduous internships for Universal, New Line, and/or Paramount and now work harmoniously with the Hollywood Studio System and make marketable, family-friendly films chock-full of socially redeeming values and moral fiber.

If the preceeding paragraph made you throw up a little inside your mouth, rest assured that Lloyd Kaufman is not that director and he most certainly has not written that book.

"Direct Your Own Damn Movie" (2009 Focal Press) is the latest (after Make Your Own Damn Movie and All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger) in a string of inspiring, Establishment-defying, Guerrilla-style rallying cries to the untapped sleeping cells of talented filmmakers everywhere not yet perverted by the studio system - urging them to make their own damn art their own damn way. Anyone with even a fleeting interest in the film industry NEEDS to own -if not all books written by Kaufman- this one.

Think of reading this book like talking to your one cool uncle who will tell you the way the world really is after hearing a candy-coated life lesson from your parents. Uncle Lloydie shares a lifetime of experience living on film sets (his own as well as others'), equipping the aspiring director to make his/her movie in a very plausible & attainable way from the very beginning (writing the script) to the bitter end (self-distribution). Any director out there in the world who is NOT driven by greed and posturing could receive no better advise than to follow the Troma business model, and it is laid bare -pustules and all- in this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Schale on June 10, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Its entertaining, but sadly, soooo little about directing.

Lloyd Kaufman has had his hands in hundreds of movies in his lifetime. Directing, producing, even staring in them, he has a very long imdb page. His cup of tea seems to be mainly focused on Independant / B-Movie films. Working on big studio films turned him off to the `corporate' side of things so he started Troma Studios.

With all his listed experience, I feel robbed. In this short SHORT book there is very little about directing. There are maybe two things that I took from this book that would help me in my "director's" life. Maybe. It is entertaining at times. I certainly laughed out loud more than once. (The footnote guy is great!). Just a heads up, the language and humor is extremely vulgar. If you can stomach that kind of stuff, you too will probably chuckle.

Every form of entertainment has it's own audience however, and I am sure Kaufman has a huge following. If you have heard of Troma Studios, or enjoyed the movie Poultrygeist: night of the Chicken Dead, or just want a funny book to read because you are tired of reading lighting equipment manuals, then this book is for you.

Everyone else, sadly can skip this book.

As a book about directing, I give this a single Ninja star and a moldy banana.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Crypticpsych on March 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
If there was ever a director who I'd want to teach me how to make movies, it wouldn't be one who paints a rosy picture of everything and refuses to admit that movies take work. Lloyd Kaufman is not that guy. All of his books provide crucial information on the REAL process of making movies, warts and all. It may not be glamorous, but if you want the real world of making movies, Lloyd and his co-conspirators and co-contributors are the only ones who can give it to you with a deft balance of knowledge, humor, and brutal honesty.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan P. Dzwonar on March 14, 2009
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What else would you expect from Lloyd Kaufman? Are you going to listen to directors who got to make movies with the safety of a major studio backing them or of a real man who had to swim through pig crap and razor blades to get his visions created?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francis C. Frain on February 8, 2009
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I've been reading Lloyd's books since I was in middle school, but this one really is the best. It's hilarious, focused, informative as hell, and contains some really excellent sidebars and anecdotes from a range of industry professionals. I will soon be an associate film professor, and I can tell you right now that this will be required reading in my class. I'm so glad Lloyd continues to pass along his rich experiences and pull in as many budding and successful filmmakers into the Troma community. And if you haven't seen Poultrygeist, pick it up, because the books has great insight into the making of that Troma epic. READ IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Allen Poe on February 1, 2009
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Lloyd has done it again with another great book to help anyone make, or Direct thier own damn movie. The first book was funny, and a great book to read. I learned alot from that book on how to independently make my own film. Now with this new book, I can learn even more on how to Direct my own damn movie. This book is perfect for those who are into the filmmaking business, or trying to get into the filmmaking business. This is also for those who enjoy Troma films, and true independent art. Now, buy this book so you can "Direct your own Damn Movie!"

-JBT
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Notch Jenkins on February 2, 2009
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...THE book to read if you want to make a film. Having worked on several indie films, I know there a quite a few directors who would benefit from reading any one of Lloyd's tomes
Now, I'm not claiming you'll learn a lot of theory or high faluttin' (falootin') "mystique of film" babble, but you will learn everything you need to get the job done.
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