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Direct Your Own Damn Movie! by Lloyd Kaufman

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Chapter | eight

Putting the “Special” in

Special Effects, or Why

I We Spend 80% of Our

Budget on Bromo-Seltzer

It may seem strange to some people that a company with no money, making a low-budget film for no money, and paying its crew in cheese sandwiches, would choose to spend hundreds of dollars, nay — even thousands of dollars of its meager budget on special effects. Why not spend that money on turkey sandwiches or working equipment? The fact is, in a film without any big stars, the special effects are what people want to see. The audience isn't going to care if your sound guy was paid an extra $200, but they will care if you are able to rip someone's testicles off and deep-fry them in oil. Now, it's obvious that we can't compete with CGI ...

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