Lloyd Kaufman, the president of Troma Entertainment, is back with yet another documentary about how to make your own movies. This time it's the producing bit that is being covered by Lloyd Kaufman and other independent filmmakers, but also famous ones.
I haven't read any of his companion piece books, but I'm a huge fan of his "Make Your Own Damn Movie!" DVD set, and I did check out the follow-up, "Direct Your Own Damn Movie!" as well. But the problem I had with that one was that I had seen so much of the content already (perhaps from "Make..."? I don't really remember) so I never ended up watching it all of it. I just felt it was rehashing too much. I don't think "Produce Your Own Damn Movie!" rehashes as much, but perhaps some things from "Direct.." are in here, but not having finished it I wouldn't know, would it? I think "Produce.." is a very interesting look into what I consider to be the hardest part of filmmaking. Getting everything together - financing, cast, crew, locations, and all that. It's a real challenge, especially when all you really want to do is get out there and make your own damn movie. It's easy to forget how important that little producing bit is to the entire film. This is what makes this documentary as good as it is.
On the first disc we have Lloyd Kaufman on different B-movie movie sets such as "Killed On The 4th of July", "Nun of That" and "Slime City Massacre". But he's also on some bigger sets like "SUPER" and the remake of "Mother's Day". It's always fun to see the different ways that people work, but most of all this disc will give you the entertainment of seeing Lloyd act in different movies. And Lloyd always brings the highest class of acting with his wide-open eyes and confused look. It's just great!
The second disc is straight on interviews with filmmakers like Roger Corman, David Cronenberg, Mick Garris and Joe Dante. Although not as funny as the first disc, this one is very valid to the producing aspect since it features a sort of elite in the field.
What I don't like is the editing. There are way too many edits in the middle of interviews just to throw in some stupid editor's note. We get it, you're Troma so you will give us bad jokes after bad jokes. I'm a big Troma fan, I know this, but this is just ridiculous and annoy. It destroys the documentary completely. Some interviews are good because other editors were used (I think the best one was a guy called Chad, because he didn't interrupt all the time). These things are fine in the end credits of "Terror Firmer" and shit, I don't care then, but I would've wanted this to be taken a bit more seriously. Now, if Lloyd felt he wanted to say stupid things in the interviews, that I wouldn't mind.
"Produce Your Own Damn Movie!" is the latest school of filmmaking by Troma (the other two being "Make..." and "Direct...") and while it might not make you a professional when you reach the end, it'll inspire you. It will help you a bit along the way so that you know what you are about to do, and it will push you to give it a go. If you want to learn it all from the ground, you need to go to a film school or pick up a camera and start working. This one isn't teaching step-by-step. But it's interesting and fun either way!
NOTE: Not having any focus on the rating bits for this, I can't guarantee that the ratings for gore and nudity are correct.