31st May 2005

Make Your Own Damn Movie!

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The Full Shabang, Make your own damn movie box set with book

Acclaimed directors such as Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Spain’s Álex de la Iglesia and Japan’s Takashi Miike have all sited independent film director Lloyd Kaufman and the infamous film The Toxic Avenger as major influences.

— Rupert Bottenberg

make your own damn movie 5 disc box setIn Lloyd Kaufman’s 2003 book “Make Your Own Damn Movie,” the legendary filmmaker cinematic masterfully showed up-and-coming artists how to buck the mainstream and get their movies made and seen. Based upon the phenomenal reaction from fans and fellow filmmakers alike, Kaufman and Team Troma has put together this incredible five DVD box set which will show you, step by step, how to take your truly independent vision from conception to completion! The Make Your Own Damn Movie DVD Box Set is a hilarious and enlightening crash course in filmmaking for anyone who has ever wanted to make movies but didn’t know how. Using real-life examples from Kaufman’s own career, the Make Your Own Damn Movie DVD Box Set will show you how to handle each step in the filmmaking process:

  • Scriptwriting
  • Financing
  • Getting a cast and crew for no money
  • Pre-production
  • Production
  • Special Effects
  • Post-production
  • Marketing and distribution
  • Film festivals
  • and much more!

The Make Your Own Damn Movie DVD Box Set also includes bonus lessons, on how to:
  • Make Your Own Damn Video Store
  • Make Your Own Damn Comic Book Shop
  • Make Your Own Damn Movie Theatre
  • Make Your Own Damn Film Festival
  • and much much more!

Included in this box set are exclusive secrets of success, anecdotes and candid personal advice from a wide variety of filmmakers, including:
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park)
  • George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead)
  • Academy Award®-winning director John G. Avildsen (Rocky)
  • Hershell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast)
  • Spider-Man® creator Stan Lee
  • Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever)
  • John Badham (Saturday Night Fever)
  • Bill Lustig (Maniac Cop)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator Kevin Eastman
  • Larry Cohen (It’s Alive)

This five DVD Box Set also features:
  • Examples of Making Your Own Damn Movie from around the world, including France, Germany, England, Toronto, Kansas, Texas, California and Russia
  • Three feature-length behind-the-scenes documentaries: Farts of Darkness and Apocalypse Soon (filmmaking), and All The Love You Cannes (marketing and distribution)
  • A special workshop deconstruction edition of Lloyd Kaufman’s 1971 film The Battle of Love’s Return

Using the world-famous “Troma system” of filmmaking and marketing, which has brought you films like The Toxic Avenger, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Cannibal! The Musical and Kevin Costner in Sizzle Beach USA, you’ll be making your own damn movie in no time!
George A. Romero
Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Genious and Creator
John G. Avildsen, ROCKY
Hershell Gordon Lewis

Here’s What the Critics Say:

"Producer/director Lloyd Kaufman, the Guru of Tromaville, unveils a five disc box set that tells you everything you want to know about making movies, and a whole lot more. Things like: how to make green foam come out of an actor’s mouth, and other cinema secrets. Deluxe edition includes the book version and more. A must-have for film students."Cinescape

"The Make Your Own Damn Movie DVD box set stands as a monument to the dedication and desires of Lloyd Kaufman. Argue about the value of his films, but no one can question his integrity or intent. Lloyd is, first and foremost, concerned about art. And hopefully this DVD, and the surprisingly engaging stories it tells, will inspire you to go and make some of your own."Bill Gibron, DVD Talk

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Some Satisfied and Inspired Consumers’ Responses!

Happy Holidays! More specifically, Happy Easter, I think I’ve found a new Easter Egg in my brand new copy of the "Make Your Own Damn Movie" box set.

Go to "Advice From the Masters On Filmmaking" selection, then put your pointer on "Slasher King H.G. Lewis’ Advice to Young Filmmakers", and then hit the Left direction key. I notice that the interview is essentially the same as the one you get if you select the "Slasher King…" selection, but on a different Title number.

And this box set is brilliant. I’ve decided to watch it straight through this first time, just to see what’s and who’s on it, then after this I will probably watching it by categories, starting with "CEL", then going to "$$$", etc. I’m now watching disc 3. I think it was a very good idea for you to include this one in the MYODM set, as this one is about you making your own damn movie, the one called "Citizen Toxie", and it will give those who have not yet bought "Citizen Toxie" insight into how you actually did it.

—Jeff The Encyclopedia Tromatica

O.K I know this is weird, but I’m only 12 and I’ve read your new book and I’m just ya know kinda interested in making my own films in the big world. This Christmas in my stocking I received tons of candy and choclate, a couple DVD’s {Toxic avenger box-set included} and a copy of your book. The book was amazingly funny and very informative.

Really Mr.Kaufman I’d just like to say thank you for making such a good book, even better the Harry Potter.

P.S Toxic Avenger was good, make more movies!

-From Ryan

There are currently 20 responses to “Make Your Own Damn Movie!”

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  1. 1 On August 1st, 2007, Kevin Kutchaver said:

    I’ve been in the post-production end of movies for 25 years now, working on such films as “Return of the Jedi”, the “Robocop” films and both “Scooby Doo” movies. I even won a VFX Emmy for “Lost”. So with all that Hollywood cred, when I decided to self-finance my own movie, why the hell would I turn to Troma and Lloyd Kaufman?

    Let me repeat. I Made My Own Damn Movie with My Own Damn Money! If you want to find out how to deal with actors, location problems, meal allowances and portable toilet issues (and laugh out loud while you actually learn something) get this book/DVD set. believe me, no one is going to give you $200 million to make the next “Pirates of the Transformers” movie. But when a book teaches you that a Location Manager’s job is to make sure there’s a place to shit, you know you’re getting a lesson from someone who’s been there. (I mean on location, not shitting.)
    Learn the ropes from someone who’s been making independent low budget films for as long as you can remember. Hell, Lloyd probably has socks older than you. Long live Troma!

  2. 2 On August 3rd, 2007, Amanda Marquardt said:

    Hey there,

    I was hoping to order the box set for “make your own damn…etc.” but it appears you are out. suppose I’ll check out amazon. By
    the way, I’m a big fan of several of your movies…was introduced to troma via Stephen Blackheart…

    I’m primarily a director of classical theatre, but am looking forward to tackling my first horror film this winter…thanks for inspiring



  3. 3 On August 15th, 2007, Katriel said:

    When will you have the DAMN MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE box set available again?

    Me Wantee!

  4. 4 On August 22nd, 2007, out1 » Trash Troma said:

    […] Posted by admin on 22 Aug 2007 at 03:06 pm | Tagged as: how to, on film life Trash represented in the form of Troma, the oldest independent film production in the world. Since 1974, the produce infamous features like “The Toxic Avenger” (1985, introducing, in a very very small role, Marisa Tomei) or, lately, the fast food zombie flick Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006), mostly by director/producer/actor Lloyd Kaufman. He is said to have influenced the likes of Tarantino and Takashi Miike, to have taken part in creating the original “Rocky” movie – where he also plays a drunk -, and he is also the author of the DVD set Make Your Own Damn Movie!” for independent filmmakers, complete with advice on ‘getting a cast and crew for no money’. Incidentally, Troma was the first company to make a Miyazaki film, ”My Neighbor Totoro”, accessible to a wide audience in the US. […]

  5. 5 On September 1st, 2007, Steve Lucky said:

    I watched one of your pannels at Dragon Con on Friday. I am the author of 3 poetry books and have done work as a writing consultant on various shows over the years. Although I seem to lack the endurance for an entire show, I would love to have my ideas used again. If any of you could use my services please let me know.

  6. 6 On October 23rd, 2007, Ron Hom said:

    To all new moviemakers:

    I am an aspiring moviemaker, which means I haven’t made one damn movie yet, so buying Lloyd’s book,”Make your own damn movie”, has given me inspiration again. However, when Lloyd signed his book for me and wrote: “To Ron, Your art will be better than Troma!”, I suddenly felt a breeze of hope, which was followed just as quickly by a feeling of despair. I know he was just kidding, but nevertheless, here’s a guy who has toiled in the movie industry for most of his life and he feels I have a chance to make an artistic movie with very little knowledge and background.

    I want to enter the movie industry because I like the creative side. Lloyd is living proof that if you stick to it long enough, success will come.
    After reading his book, I was curious about what kind of person he really is. When I heard he was coming to Borders in Tucson, I made time to see him. He comes across as sincere and vivacious. He is a joy to listen to. I came away from his appearance at Borders with a renewed outlook on life. I know his movies are meant for laughs and anyone who takes him seriously has a few loose wires upstairs. He looks a lot like Mel Brooks and he may think Mel Brooks looks a lot like him. I guess it depends upon who made their first movie.

    Lloyd tells it like it is and doesn’t pull any punches. I know making a living as a movie producer/director is a difficult career path and that most people who try will fail- that’s just statistics speaking. But, I have known that for years and years now. Listening to people like Lloyd speak will inspire any aspiring moviemaker. We need to see and listen to those that have made it in this business. The desire is rooted deep and can be traced all the way back to one’s childhood days because those were the days when we, as children, felt nothing can stop us from doing anything we wanted to achieve. If only we can carry that trait with us all the way through our adult lives, then nothing, really can stop us. Lloyd haven’t forgotten that childhood rule. I am often overwhelmed by the immensity of the movie making process. Reading books like Mr. Kaufman’s “Make your own damn movie”, has revived my hope. He breaks it down into manageable pieces- and the reading is fun and full of anecdotes. This book is therapeutic too!! A must read for anyone who loves stories about movie makers and even more beneficial to those of us who are still trying to make movies ‘R business. Thanks Lloyd for coming to Tucson.

    PS- Lloyd, are you blind? I raised my hand to ask you a question about 3 or 4 times and you kept looking past me!! Did I forget my anti-perspirant?

  7. 7 On February 25th, 2008, Haoleus said:

    Lloyd Kaufman is the only jewish person i know that doesnt trust Hillary Clinton!!!! Hoooraaayyy!!!!

    Its the Dems now that want to silence free speech. Take one look at that “Fairness Doctrine” they keep pushing. Right now its radio but whats next movies? Troma must be free!!! (as in freedom, not as in no money)

  8. 8 On March 2nd, 2008, jonathon ash said:

    Such a great filmmaking box set and the books a good read too, pick it up if you find a copy on ebay.

  9. 9 On March 15th, 2008, Nick said:

    Lloyd im currently making my first horror movie just wondering if i can release it through troma its a bloody and gory story with all things whory reply back thanks again Nick. im using your book as a starting point my movie is suited perfectly for troma.

  10. 10 On May 16th, 2008, matt said:

    Thanks Lloyd, After reading your book and watching the DVD series “Make Your Own Damn Movie” I am doing it! (making my own damn movie that is). I followed most of the book’s advice and I am moving right along in preproduction now. This has been a dream of mine for many years and this series has given me the kick in ass to shut up and just do it. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks. See you at Sundace.

  11. 11 On May 21st, 2008, Jose paniagua said:

    I made a feature “MY ILLEGAL SLAVE” Ihr 24minn…it was shot with a digital camera Sony vx 2000 mini dv, I want to screen it, and distribute the dvd, can you help me please. I’m an inexperiece producer when it comes at what to do with the finished product.

    sincerly Jose (Tono) Paniagua
    501w 171st apt 4a
    ny ny 10032

  12. 12 On July 7th, 2008, mike bain said:

    i would like to get the make your own damn movie dvd box set sent to me can anyone please tell me how i can get it sent to me

  13. 13 On September 2nd, 2008, Stu Harrison said:


    I have really enjoyed the content of the Make Your Ownd Damn Movie DVD.

    It is rammed with great, practical tips. It is also a joy, just to sit
    back and watch it.

    One tip I really like is the Bromo Seltzer Meltdown. I really wanted to
    try this out so I made a short film.

    I present to you: “My Pet Haemorrhoid”, I hope you like it.


    If you do, you are welcome to use it as an extra on a Troma DVD.

    Kind regards


  14. 14 On October 28th, 2008, pete the killer said:

    i heard you wrote a movie called..what about bob…is that true

  15. 15 On October 28th, 2008, pete the killer said:

    and how did all those snaked get on that plane……

  16. 16 On November 29th, 2008, John Bautista said:

    Hi, I’am currently watching the DVD set. I find it very informative. I would like to know who sings the theme song of your first two DVDs?

  17. 17 On February 4th, 2010, Nichol Visser said:

    I am a South-African who has recently completed a feature lenght screenplay,and I’m looking for U.S.representation or someone that can help me to give this project of mine legs.
    It’s an Action/Adventure . Title: GANGSTER PARADISE. Pitch: Armed Robbery..the AFRICAN Way!
    It’s about a wave of bloody cash-in-transit heists around Johannesburg (RSA). It’s a huge show down because the goog guys and bad guys have clashed 20 years before, during the Angolan War.
    The characters are all fictitious but some of the graphic action is a daily occurence in the R.S.A today. I’d be happy to e-mail a synopsis or even the script.
    Warm Regards.

  18. 18 On July 11th, 2010, Corey Sim said:

    I got Make your own damn movie and Direct your own damn movie and these DVD’s helped me out a lot, I’m currently making my own damn movies as well as directing them and producing them, thank you so much Uncle Lloyd for doing these DVD’s and helping us independent filmmakers, I had the honor a few years back in helping promote Make your own damn movie book and DVD at the Toronto Metro convention center, still the best day of my life meeting you Lloyd, thanks for that memory. I made a film a few months back and my film hit the top 10 out of 55.

  19. 19 On September 19th, 2010, The Angry White Guy » Blog Archive » Movie of the Week #35 – Bugged (1997) said:

    […] Here is a cheap low budget all-Black cast horror-comedy that yields itself perfect for Movie-okie (make up your own dialog) – surprisingly it’s rated PG-13 which is rare for a Troma film, because any bad film junky such as myself will know that Troma relies heavily on boobs, blood and bullets in their films to make up for the lack of quality, talent and script – but this is why Troma films are great – anyone can make them. A few gallons of fake blood, cheesy props and generous dose of topless girls and tada you have a Troma film! […]

  20. 20 On July 25th, 2018, alberto remus said:

    Sirs: I want to buy all your dvds about how to make a film: Can you send all the dvds that you sell about how to Make a Film, please? Yours, Alberto Remus.

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