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Lloyd Kaufman's "Produce Your Own Damn Movie!"
Lloyd Kaufman created Troma Entertainment, Inc. with Michael Herz 35 years ago. They have been
producing their own low-budget films and distributing them on their own without the help of larger
production companies. Troma has created such films as "The Toxic Avenger" and "Poultrygiest, Night of
the Chicken Dead". Trey Stone, Matt Parker, Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner and Samuel
L. Jackson have all been involved with Troma Entertainment in the early stages of their careers. 
Produce Your Own Damn Movie! gives new filmmakers practical advice and tips from multiple producers and
directors. 

“PRODUCING LESSON #127: Don’t be afraid to talk to everybody and anybody who will listen about your
idea for the awesome movie you want to make. You never know who’s going to cough up some cash for
your production.”

“Be more honest with yourself. If you want to make a film and you are not currently making a film,
money isn’t the thing holding you back. You say you went to film school. This leads me to believe
that there is money floating around somewhere in your life. One of the following may be true:
1. You don’t really want to make a film, but you don’t want to get a real job either.
2. You do want to make a film, but you haven’t invested the time in coming up with an idea and
   actually writing a script. A script may be your best gateway into producing.
3. You have some good ideas, but you are afraid to begin because you are afraid of failing.
If any of those happen to be true, you need to examine whether filmmaking is truly what you have a
passion for, or whether it was the only major where you didn’t have to take Calculus at 7:00 a.m.
The budget isn’t important. Beg for, or borrow whatever you may need. If you need to work for someone
else for 20 years, do that and make movies in your free time.”

This book is riddled with invaluable information that every independent producer should obtain. If
you can, get ahold of this book and take some notes. You'll come out prepared with knowledge and be
motivated to start or finish your project.  

Pick up your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Produce-Your-Damn-Movie-School/dp/0240810457

Happy reading!
Let's get down to business.

First off, welcome to the website! We hope you find this project appealing and join the cause. We are 
going to build a large online community. It's very important that people stay in contact and pass this 
around to anyone that has an interest in entertaining with film. All aspects of film making will be 
represented. Everyone will be given a chance to give tips and hints, showcase their work and possibly 
find work through networking with other people in the community.

Since this website will be the main hub for everything posted, you will need a tour of sorts. 
Everything will be posted in the HOME tab up top.

 
This website enables creators to choose different categories for each post, so we will use those to help
sort out the information. These will include: Informative Books, Project Outlines, Vlogs and Tips.

Since we will be providing actual school projects for you to try out on your own time, they will be 
posted under the Project Outline category. Hopefully these will give you content ideas and help you 
build or enhance your demo reel. 

The Vlogs will be a video diary of our attempts at making these school projects and other projects that
our production company will be attached to. Hopefully you will be able to learn from any mistakes we 
make.

Reading is an important part of film making. When we come across a book with great content that you can use
to make better films, we will share it under the Informative Books category. 

The Tips category will be used for any direct tutorials or lessons. We have connected with many 
established online programs that produce "how-to" tips and will post their videos up every once in a 
while in addition to our own. 

Some people have been asking how they can share their work/projects with the community. Our answer to 
that is the SHARE YOUR SCHOOL PROJECTS tab. It will have a little bit of a guideline that you can 
follow, but feel free to add any additional information you may find helpful to other "students". You 
can also post any project descriptions that have not been mentioned on this site that you enjoy and 
would like others to try out.

 
We're going to keep this fresh and fun. We'll introduce you to different things. We hope you visit us
every week. Share it with your friends. The bigger the community the better the experience will be for
everyone involved. Interact with comments and video responses. Vote on the polls! This whole project is
meant to help everyone learn and replicate an environment where you can be surrounded by others that
have similar interests. 

Thanks for checking us out! 
*We had been debating on whether or not to make this a Vlog or a Blog. Since nobody needs to see Matt's
face in order to learn something, we chose this. Do you feel it's important to have a "host" guide you
along? It's up to you really. Vote on the poll below to make the decision.