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On the Cheap: My Life in Low Budget…

On the Cheap: My Life in Low Budget Filmmaking

by Greydon Clark

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In my view, the perfect book on the career of a low-budget filmmaker. Other such books deal in more general terms with the topic. But chapter-and-verse, Greydon Clark details how he made 20 movies, such as The Forbidden Dance (exploiting the instant hit dance, the Lambada), Without Warning and Black Shampoo. Each movie is described through its various stages of development, including the all-important financing. Casting, budgets, sets, scripts, crisis work-arounds, distribution, all kinds of illuminating facts, in a career that should've boasted more success than it did, but regrettably unrealized, if only partly by distributors who reneged on financial agreements, a problem legendary among low-budget movies. This is a great book about that more thoroughly deals with its subject than almost any other I've read. ( )
  NickHowes | Jul 17, 2016 |
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During four decades, Greydon Clark worked in front of and behind the camera, bringing some of the most memorable movies to life. From the sexy pep squad of Satan's Cheerleaders to the dirty dancing of The Forbidden Dance, Clark excelled at exploitation and helmed twenty diverse films such as Without Warning, Joysticks, Wacko, and Black Shampoo. "On the Cheap" is a valuable tool for anyone interested in films or becoming a filmmaker. Greydon tells the story of his days on the fringes of Hollywood, struggling to make films in one of the most cut-throat businesses around. Reading his autobiography is like sitting down with a face-to-face discussion of the low budget film industry. His movies boast Oscar winners - Martin Landau, George Kennedy, Jack Palance and stars who were at the beginning of their careers - Andrew Dice Clay, David Caruso, Julia Duffy, Laura Harring, etc. Greydon breaks down each of his films into easily understood categories - screenplay, financing, preproduction, production, postproduction and distributions allowing the reader a true behind the scenes look at low budget filmmaking.

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