Author bio

Lloyd Kaufman

Lloyd Kaufman - book author

Lloyd Kaufman is a popular American film director, producer, screenwriter and occasional actor. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, including The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet. Kaufman also serves as chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance.

Lloyd Kaufman is the author of books: All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from The Toxic Avenger, Make Your Own Damn Movie!: Secrets of a Renegade Director, Direct Your Own Damn Movie!, The Toxic Avenger: The Novel, Produce Your Own Damn Movie!, Sell Your Own Damn Movie!, Pests, DOA III: Extreme Horror Anthology, Os Contos Inéditos de Dog Mendonça e Pizzaboy, Lloyd Kaufman Presents: The Toxic Avenger And Other Tromatic Tales


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From The Toxic Avenger to Tromeo and Juliet, Troma films have shocked, appalled -- and inspired a generation of filmmakers from Quentin Tarantino to Kevin Smith. Now legendary Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman tell all...Imagine Roger Corman and John Waters crossed with Howard Stern -- and you'll have an idea of the demented genius behind Troma studios, one of the oldest (and most successful) independent film studios in the world. Lloyd Kaufman's spirited, outrageous, no-holds-barred look at low-budget, guerilla filmmaking is truly an inspiration to young filmmakers, a delight for movie buffs, and an absolute must for Toxic Avenger fans everywhere.

This is the true story of the moviemaking maverick who co-founded an independent studio twenty-five years ago in a humble broom closet...who used raw hamburger, Karo syrup blood, and Bromo-Seltzer vomit to create films of questionable artistic and moral value...who is responsible for a string of cult movie hits...who was the first to reject Madonna for a part...who defied the Hollywood system and slapped the face of the industry...and who built a B-movie empire filled with Chopper Chicks, Surf Nazis, Kabuki Cops, Nymphoid Barbarians, and a lone hero known as The Toxic Avenger.

Toxic ingredients include:
-- Kevin Costner in Sizzle Beach, USA
-- Billy Bob Thornton in Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town
-- Marisa Tomei in The Toxic Avenger
-- plus special tips on tearing an actor's arm off, secret recipes for fake gore, and much, too much more
02
Lloyd Kaufman, the writer/producer/director of such cult-classic films as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High, and Tromeo and Juliet, offers a guide to movie-making unlike any other available anywhere. In 25 years, Kaufman, along with partner Michael Herz, has built Troma Studios up from a company struggling to find its voice in a field crowded with competitors to its current--and legendary--status as a lone survivor, a bastion of true cinematic independence, and the world's greatest collection of camp on film.

As entertaining and funny as it is informative and insightful, Make Your Own Damn Movie! places Kaufman's radically low-budget, independent-studio style of filmaking directly in the reader's hands. Thus we learn how to: develop and write a knock-out screenplay; raise funding; find locations and cast actors; hire a crew; obtain equipment, permits, and music rights (all for little or no money); make incredible special effects for $0.79 each; charm, schmooze, and network while on the film-festival circuit; and, finally, make a bad actor act so bad it's actually good.

From scriptwriting and directing to financing and marketing, this book is brimming with utterly off-the-wall, decidedly maverick, yet consistently proven advice on how to fully develop one's idea for an independent film.
03
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!

WARNING!
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.
04
Over the past two decades, The Toxic Avenger has achieved the status of cult icon. Discerning fans around the world have followed "Toxie's" adventures through four films, an animated feature, a Saturday-morning cartoon series, comic books, action figures, and more. His name has been used by everyone from the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Army to PETA; he appears in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; and his creator, Lloyd Kaufman, is claimed as an influence by directors like Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino. Now Kaufman has set aside his video camera and unleashed his twisted brilliance on the artistic form of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Mitch Albom. And to put it simply, Kaufman has blown those jokers out of the water. Readers who dare to crack the spine of this book will experience the gamut of human emotion (and then some): laughter, tears, and perhaps even vomiting and spontaneous ejaculation. With more girl-on-girl action than an episode of Springer, more blood-soaked bad taste than an After School Special, and with special "guest narrators" such as J. D. Salinger and Oliver Stone, The Toxic Avenger oozes hilarity on every page.
05
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!
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Foreword by Stan Lee!

This is the 3rd volume in Mr. Kaufman's hilarious, how-to series for hard-working self-starters and hard-laughing, cheeky filmmakers. "Sell Your Own Damn Movie!" covers everything you need to do to get your finished film seen by festival-goers, movie-goers, DVD-buyers and web-goers around the world. You will be lead through a primer on the history of film distribution to a discussion of the many ways you can get your film out there, either through a reputable distributor or all on your own. From the realities of distribution, to utilizing the internet to self-distribution, Mr. Kaufman tells you in his habitually lucid and off-the-wall way. Inserts include interviews and pointers from veteran distribution pros as well as directors and producers who share their own front-line stories. Mr. Kaufman recounts his own raucous stories of marketing pleasures and nightmares from 35 years of movie-making experience, creating a uniquely useful and entertaining read.

Or, in Lloyd's inimitable words.

The most asked question at my worldwide popular, legendary, renowned master class is, "How do I get my no-budget, zombie giraffe flick distributed?" Well, have no fear, because the 3rd volume in Uncle Lloydie's how-to series of go-to guides for filmmakers reveals the secrets, methods and tricks (short of prostituting yourself and selling bodily organs) to getting your film distributed. With Troma, our legendary 35-year-old independent studio, Michael Herz and I have developed a low cost, high-impact method for low-budget film distribution, which has lead to a high-profile brand name and a catalog of over 800 titles! Now you can learn to get you movie out there, too. I will be your busty tour guide, sharing with you my hard-earned cinematic distribution know-how!

-LEARN! How I achieved box office success with my fowl chicken zombie masterpiece Poultrygeist, and everyone's favorite super-human hero from New Jersey, the Toxic Avenger, for practically no money!

-SMELL! The sewer that is mainstream distribution as I drag you through the muck, be-farting upon you the real scoop behind "indie" and mainstream distribution deals.

-MASTICATE! (No, not that kind of masticating) On the knowledge of DVD distribution as I es-chew the fat and get to the skinny of Do-It-Yourself DVD distribution. I will teach you the fundamentals of having a good website (like www.Troma.com) to boost your sales!

-FEAST! On my golden brown chicken puns as I cleverly cluck your brain out with the irrefutable knowledge of how I sold over 10,000 units of the 3-disc limited-edition Poultrygeist DVD in a matter of months!

YES! If you have any doubt that I will not be able turn your no-budget zombie giraffe opus into box-office gold, then put down this book proposal! No wait, pick it back up, pick it back up! This is a recession damnit, Troma needs all the money we can, er... I need to educate you filmmakers looking for distribution gold (brown)! After reading my book, any damn filmmaker will be able to "Sell Your Own Damn Movie!"

Featuring expert advice from those who have successfully sold their films:
* David Cronenberg (Director of The Fly, Crash, A History of Violence)
* Oren Peli (Director/Producer of Paranormal Activity)
* Ted Hope (Producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, In the Bedroom, Happiness)
* Brad Kembel (Executive Vice President of International Distribution at Summit Films; Twilight)
* James Gunn (Writer/Director of Super, Dawn of the Dead, Slither)
* Jonathan Wolf (Executive Vice President, Independent Film and Television Alliance and Managing Director, American Film Market)
... and many more who have sold their own damn movies!


07
From the twisted minds of Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Studios, Jordan Young, and Regina Katz comes... PESTS! A titanic story about Phil, a down and out underdog exterminator, and the freak accident that changed his life. Phil decides during his convalescence that he will use his newfound power for good--and disrupt the corrupt corporate film interests that threaten the only things he's ever loved: movies.



This book explores the seedy underbelly of the Hollywood elites and plays against the notion of what or who the troublesome "pests" of our society really are.
08
After six years and more than fifty authors, the Unholy Trinity is complete. This third installment in the DOA series offers thirty stories from the originators of splatterpunk as well as the newest voices in extreme horror.

You'll laugh...you'll cry...you'll vomit
Don't say we didn't warn you.
09
O mais simpático (e obeso) lobisomem português está de volta para uma nova aventura, com a ajuda de Pazuul Nghwaiatuu, o seu assistente demoníaco, e de Pizzaboy, o seu estagiário não remunerado. João Vicente «Dog» Mendonça vai narrar o seu passado atribulado, numa série de episódios que nos levam desde a sua pequena aldeia até às profundezas do Loch Ness, passando pelos sinistros laboratórios nazis da Floresta Negra.

A primeira BD portuguesa do século XXI a tornar-se um «best-seller».

Multipremiada no Festival de BD da Amadora e na Central Comics.

Publicada nos EUA pela Dark Horse Comics.

«O livro que estão prestes a ler é brilhante — verdadeira liberdade de expressão com belíssimos recursos brechtianos. Os autores não só quebram a quarta parede, como a rebentam pelos ares!» — Lloyd Kaufman, Prefácio
10

Troma Entertainment, the independent film studio that brought the world classic films like The Toxic Avenger and Cannibal! The Musical and jump started the careers of creators such as Eli Roth and James Gunn, dives into the comic page with a host of stories inspired by their film catalog! Chock full of the spirit that has kept Troma strong for over 30 years, this original graphic novel features zany and brillaint tales from Sean McKeever, Tony Moore, B. Clay Moore, Jeremy Haun, Steve Kurth, Tim Seeley and more! You've never seen Troma quite like this!