Direct Your Own Damn Movie!

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 31, 2008 - Performing Arts - 215 pages
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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!

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.

* There's more to directing than a cool-looking chair. Renegade director Lloyd Kaufman reveals all!
* Includes interviews with a host of luminaries on mistakes and disasters from their early film careers
* Learn the ten directing commandments of Lloyd Kaufman, plus the all-important 11th: forget the first 10 and direct your own damn movie!

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Review: Direct Your Own Damn Movie!

User Review  - Bill Cassinelli - Goodreads

A wonderful read, and a great companion to his other books, All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger, and Make Your Own Damn Movie!. Read full review

Review: Direct Your Own Damn Movie!

User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

This book starts out strong with an amazing anecdote that, loosely, lets young directors know what they might be in for or, at the very least, gives you something to tell your friends about. There are ... Read full review


Foreword Maybe Backward
Foreword Part II
Preface Directile Disfunction
CHAPTER 1 Joining the Army of One
CHAPTER 2 Its the Shit Er Script
CHAPTER 3 Show Dont Tell and Other Things My Uncle Lance Whispered to Me in the Basement
My Own Private Idaho and by Idaho I of course mean Hell
CHAPTER 8 Putting the Special in Special Effects or Why We Spend 80 of Our Budget on BromoSeltzer
CHAPTER 9 Postproduction or Taking a Cue from Dedicated Hookers and Finishing Your Movie Off Right
CHAPTER 10 If You Want It Done Right Youve Got to Do It Yourself or Pay Someone a lot of Money
CHAPTER 11 A Chapter Just About Directing
Letter from the Editor
Sean McCoy Seven Quick Directing Tips for the Road
Afterword My Happy Ending
Lloyd Kaufmans Filmography

An Interview with Penelope Spheeris and Allison Anders
Stick to Fish Avoid the Toilet Seats
Who Knew There Was So Much Paper Involved in the Art of Directing?
CHAPTER 7 Managing the Set or Mastering the AgeOld Art of Babysitting
Final Letter from the Editor

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About the author (2008)

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.

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