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!
. Don’t just take Lloyd’s word! Includes interviews with a range of high-profile filmmakers who share their perspectives.
. Learn to utilize film festivals-whether you have distribution or not.
. The in’s and out’s of promoting and publicity-or how to compete with $200 million dollar Burger King promotions.
. Find out inside sales secrets from those who sold Twilight, Paranormal Activity, Poultrygeist, and many more!
. Tools for distributing your own damn movie!