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Produce Your Own Damn Movie!

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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

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction: Charlie Kaufman Is My Doppelgänger or Why I Want to Blow My Fucking Brains Out
  4. Penniless in Pittsburgh Asks Lloyd
  5. one. Producing Models and Car Models or Producing America’s Next Top Tromodel
    1. Out with the Old…
    2. …And in with the Who?
    3. The End
    4. Five Producing Models
      1. 1. The No-Budget Model
      2. 2. The Credit Card Model
      3. 3. The Troma Model
      4. 4. The Presale/Cross-National Model
      5. 5. The Big Hollywood Movie Model
  6. Nervous in Naples Asks Lloyd
  7. two. 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
    1. Speaking of Yale…
    2. But Enough About Halitosis
    3. A Possible Reversal of Fortune?
    4. Just Like JFK and Nixon
    5. Back to the Big Fuss
  8. So Close in So. Cal Asks Lloyd
  9. three. Film School or Porno? Taint No Difference or My Dinner with Louis Su
  10. Losing It in Las Vegas Asks Lloyd
  11. four. Producing Movies Inevitably Gets You Stoned (And Is Really, Really Hard) or A Union Dose of Some Shirley Jackson Optimism Goes a Long Way
    1. The Ultimate Self-Stoning Job, or There’s a Hole in My Begel Bagel, Man: A Short History of David Begelman
    2. A Lottery Ticket with a Big “?” on the Prize
    3. You Don’t Have to Be a Shithead to Be a Producer
    4. Which Way Went Blair Witch?
    5. Climbing High Up at IHOP: Lessons from Stan Lee
    6. The MPAA Lottery
    7. My Perfect Night In
    8. This is Fucking Depressing…Anybody Else Want to Stop Reading and Go Out for a Beer?
  12. Eager in Erie Asks Lloyd
  13. five. Is There a Business Plan? Is IMDB Ass? or Secrets of Financing and Producing from the Pickled Brain of an Elaborate Non-pyramid Schemer
    1. Compare, Contrast, Coagulate: Lloyd’s Producing and Acting Resumes on www.lloydkaufman.com and www.imdb.com
    2. The Accidental Business Plan
    3. Real Talk About Real Estate and “Reel” Mistakes
    4. Simple Math is My Favorite Kind…Call It Tro – Math
    5. A Little More Exploitation for the Road
    6. Jist So This Chipter Don’t Seam Two Poifect…
  14. Intermission: Andy Deemer’s Production Diaries
    1. Thursday, June 02, 2005
      1. Traci
    2. Tuesday, June 07, 2005
      1. Another Producer?
    3. Wednesday, June 08, 2005
      1. Cheap Bastards
    4. Monday, June 13, 2005
      1. Shooting schedule
    5. Saturday, June 18, 2005
      1. Weird PA E-mail
    6. Saturday, June 25, 2005
      1. Safety
  15. Starstruck in Starbucks Asks Lloyd
  16. six. Pre-Sell Your Flick in a Game of Five-Card Stud or Go For a Straight Flush
    1. What Is the IFTA and Why You, Mr./Ms. Producer, Ought to Give a Shit!
    2. Why the Heck I Ran for IFTA Chairperson
  17. Anxious in Anchorage Asks Lloyd
  18. seven. Fuck Me Jesus on a Pogo Stick! Where Am I Going to Produce My Own Damn Movie? or The Secrets of the Location Vocation
    1. Location Locution: Choosing a Location and Getting It in Writing and Lots More
    2. Hanger: A Case Study and Melvina Gets Her Groove On
    3. What State Are You In?
    4. Bunny-Hopping My Way to a Movie of the Future
    5. My Catering Standards
    6. How Do You Even Pay People to Begin With? Setting Up an LLC
    7. Whatever You Do, Get Insurance!
  19. Pumped Up in Peoria Asks Lloyd
  20. eight. How to Do It Hollywood-Style or I am the Herpes of the Film Industry: I Won’t Go Away
    1. The Two Heads of Lloyd Kaufman
  21. Frustrated in Frankfurt Asks Lloyd
  22. nine. Face the Music: Post-production and Distribution or Pump Up Your Production to a Higher Level
  23. Frugal in Fargo Asks Lloyd
  24. TromAfterword: Dammit! Why Are You Reading This?!
  25. A Trio of E-mail Exchanges Among Ashley, Elinor, and Lloyd, and A Final Final Ending to This Book About Producing
    1. Final Final Ending to This Book About Producing—I Swear!