Direct Your Own Damn Movie!
Focal Press – 2009 – 240 pages
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:
* Managing your set
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.
"It's funny, it's profane, and you may learn a thing or two." - Internet Video Magazine
PREFACE- DIRECTILE DISFUNCTION
FOREWORD (maybe BACKWARD) by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank")
CHAPTER 1 - JOINING THE ARMY OF ONE
CHAPTER 2 - IT'S THE SHIT! … ER, SCRIPT!
CHAPTER 3 - SHOW, DON'T TELL, AND OTHER THINGS MY UNCLE LANCE WHISPERED TO ME IN THE BASEMENT
CHAPTER 4- PREPRODUCTION: MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (AND BY IDAHO, I, OF COURSE, MEAN HELL)
CHAPTER 5-CASTING: STICK TO FISH, AVOID THE TOILET SEATS
CHAPTER 6-PREPARATION AND SCHEDULING: WHO KNEW THERE WAS SO MUCH PAPER INVOLVED IN THE ART OF DIRECTING?
CHAPTER 7 - MANAGING THE SET, OR MASTERING THE AGE-OLD ART OF BABYSITTING.
CHAPTER 8 - PUTTING THE "SPECIAL" IN SPECIAL EFFECTS, OR WHY WE SPEND 80% OF OUR BUDGET ON BROMO-SELTZER
CHAPTER 9 - POST PRODUCTION, OR TAKING A CUE FROM DEDICATED HOOKERS AND FINISHING YOUR MOVIE OFF RIGHT
CHAPTER 10 - IF YOU WANT IT DONE RIGHT, YOU'VE GOT TO DO IT YOURSELF, OR PAY SOMEONE A LOT OF MONEY
CHAPTER 11 - A CHAPTER JUST ABOUT DIRECTING
AFTERWORD - MY HAPPY ENDING
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.