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Make Your Own Damn Movie (2005)

Lloyd Kaufman , Trey Parker  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lloyd Kaufman, Trey Parker, Matt Stone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009E27SK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Make Your Own Damn Movie" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Studios and Creator of The Toxic Avenger has written, produced and/or directed scores of successful movies and shares thirty years of moviemaking know-how - from raising money, script writing & casting to production, how to do special effects and distribution. Both informative and entertaining, Make Your Own Damn Movie shows you the reality of the film business - uncensored, non-linear and often hilarious. Along the way, enjoy the stories and trade secrets of the best-known award winning directors, producers and actors. Whewther you are a filmmaker or just enjoy watching movies, Make Your Own Damn Movie 5 DVD Box Set will be invaluable to you!

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This set has all you need. Perfect. June 27, 2006
By Ton

This will without any doubt for a long time to come be the most important release of this century for anyone who is even remotely interested in the wonderful world of independent films. Of course, primarily, this set is aimed at those amongst us who have ideas about making a film of their own, but were disencouraged by the fact that the entire market is dominated by only a few big conglomerates which only care for the big bucks and not so much about artistic value. Indeed it is impossible to even dream about making something that resembles your own idea if even you have the odd chance of finding some access into that world to begin with. Independent is the word, and much contrary to popular belief a lot of independent films are being made still, the DVD market being a very important factor in all this, because the theatres are owned by aforementioned conglomerates. Troma is (as anyone should know by now) the best, longest livingindependent studio, and the best example of the fact that there is definitely a market for real films, made by real people who love films, for the sheer love of the matter.

Lloyd Kaufman's MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE book already gave a lot of insight in the possibilities (and the troubles that have to be overwon) of making one's own movie, and this 5-DVD box set is an invaluable companion release. Although the box mentions that the running time is appr. 12 hours it is in reality something about 18 hours in total, and it offers an immense collection of examples, insights through on-set recordings of quite a few different independent films, tips from renowned filmmakers who made it (Sam Raimi, Trey Parker, Mat Stone, George A. Romero Games Gunn, Eli Roth, Jenna Fischer, to name but a few) and hig- and lowlights from Mr.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Repackage Your Own Damn Material June 22, 2005
This has 3 full-length materials already available on other disks. I already have all three of these and most Troma fans would at least have the Making of Terror Firmer documentary if not 2 or all 3 of the these. A big percentage of the 5 disks is wasted on content already available.

It also has the entire BATTLE OF LOVE'S RETURN movie which was terrible although you can turn on the commentary of Lloyd Kaufman so I guess that counts for teaching you to make your own damn movie.

The rest is different interviews and documentaries of other filmmakers, video makers, writers, special effects artists, cartoonists, theatre owners, video store owners, etc.

It is nice helpful information but I don't see how it could all add up to really teaching you how to make your own damn movie.

However, it is a nice collection of stories/experiences/how-to's by various filmmakers of varying types.

I wish they had not included the already available material and that Lloyd himself would instruct different aspects along with his humor such as he did in the books. Maybe taking 5 disks for this.

And include the other artists segments and putting it on maybe 3 disks.

Get the books first. They are excellent. This box set is nothing like the books but still helpful although disappointing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tromatized! December 8, 2010
By Wade
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Being a fan of Tromas work, I was quite delighted to see this. But trust me, this box set is no ground breaking insight into making your first movie. It's more a fun behind the scenes look at how Lloyd runs Troma and how things work in "his" world of movie making. Granted, he does explain some aspects of the business and presents good examples of "Indie" film making but there is not enough detail on how to really get it done. The layout of the DVD menus are not the most user friendly and it just gets more disorganized (a direct reflection of the Troma way) as you progress through the disks. I could go on but... long story short...

If you Love Troma, corny FX and know who "Toxie" is = You Must Get It!!!!
If you want honestly want learn how to make your own DAMN movie = You Must Skip It!!!

(I recommend Dov Simens' 2-Day film school on DVD if your really serious about film but can't afford to attend a film school - No joke, he is the best!)

Thanks for Reading

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of great information in this set April 8, 2006
I've made several short films and am venturing into feature film territory. Even though I thought I knew everything there was to know about making and selling films (at least on a small level) I am the first to admit I was wrong. I'm a long time fan of Troma and picked up both the `Make Your Own Damn Movie' book by Lloyd Kaufman and then the DVD set mainly because I was just a fan. I was surprised that I learned quite a bit. The documentaries give you a good idea of how hard it is to make a movie and the interviews give you a lot of good tips when it comes to selling your film. My main gripe would be that some of the interviews were done using the camera microphone so on some of them it was hard to hear all of the audio.

If you're looking for something on the art of filmmaking then there are plenty of other places to look. If you're looking for something that gives you a good idea of the hard work that goes into making and selling movies then I highly recommend this set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting
Realy intresting set. Non tivial way to learn moviemaking. A lot of interviews with famous people like Tray Parker & Matt Stone. And it was fun to watch. Highly recomend.
Published 5 months ago by Alexey
3.0 out of 5 stars Injoyable and entertaining.
I found it very interesting. Had some really good information in it. It also shows you things that you should Or should not do in your own movies. Learn by Lloyd's mistakes.
Published 7 months ago by Harry Tchinski
5.0 out of 5 stars What a loon, part three
Lloyd Kaufman is a loon. He's also a filmmaker, writer, and all-around decent guy. He manages, in his own twisted Castskills comedian way, to get across the fundamentals of GETTING... Read more
Published 16 months ago by David A. Barak
5.0 out of 5 stars Lloyd Kaufamn has helped me Make my Own Damn Movie
Yeah like i said above it helped me make my own damn movie. Buy this dvd, it is worth it, and also buy his books if you are serious about making your own damn movies.
Published on September 7, 2011 by Mark Basenback
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really enjoyed this series. Unf. troma movies are crap - but this series is probably their best product! lol. The Cannes documentary was very entertaining to watch. Read more
Published on March 2, 2010 by NM
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of entertainment for a Troma fan or a budding filmmaker!
This set contains four discs. The set includes the supplements discs to Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV with a full length documentary, along with the feature-length... Read more
Published on January 4, 2010 by Jeff Guthrie
1.0 out of 5 stars Just bought (accidentally and unfortunately) two copies of this dvd...
What a waste, so far. I'm at disk three and it's the same nonsense over and over. Short clips of B/S that is apparently directed at a certain group of film makers that I'm not... Read more
Published on August 27, 2009 by TenderGiblets
2.0 out of 5 stars A typical Kaufman work
If you can get past the brashness of Lloyd Kaufman it has some very good pointers behind the crude approach.

The bottom line is Don't think just do it! Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by Russell Mawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Film School In a Box! Troma Style!
Ever wanted to make a movie? Lloyd Kaufman will help you with this fnatastic box set and show you fantastic was to keep things cost effective as well as sharing his vast knowledge... Read more
Published on April 7, 2009 by Michael C. Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth What I paid for it
Make Your Own Damn Movie

A good companion to the book. Entertaining and well organized
Published on March 31, 2009 by Paul S. Kale
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