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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!