, ,

My Interview “You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get!” on the Photogs Unite! Podcast

Mike Lloyd is a successful photographer, and, as I found out, a great interviewer. His podcast, Photogs Unite!, is full of insights, wisdom, and advice that will benefit pro photographers as well as anyone running a business. The show is targeted to photographers as the audience, but Mike doesn’t interview photographers as guests on the show. Rather, his guests are folks with all sorts of business and marketing advice that his audience of photogs can learn and benefit from.

I was excited that Mike invited me to come on the show and share some of the lessons I learned from The Toxic Avenger. I think it was a great fit, as there are many things I experienced making movies that directly relate to what a pro photographer does, from dealing with talent and teams to scouting for and securing locations, and we cover it all during our talk. Mike did his homework, and not only did we dive into my book, but we also talk about opportunities with domain names and my role as CMO at .CLUB Domains. All in all, I thought Mike asked great questions and added a lot to the conversation, making for a great interview. See for yourself by clicking here or on the embed of the interview below. Enjoy!

, ,

Legendary Indy Studio Troma Joins Hollywood Studio Legendary for Toxic Avenger Reboot

Still Toxic After All These Years!

My monster mentor The Toxic Avenger (aka Toxie) is in the news again as word spreads through the media touting a brand new Hollywood remake. Yes, the legendary independent studio Troma is teaming up with the Hollywood studio Legendary to bring Toxie back to the silver screen!

This is not the first time Hollywood has threatened to embrace Tromaville and welcome Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz (and their hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength) to cross over to the dark side and “go mainstream.” Back toward the end of my stint in Tromaville, riding on the grossly green backs of The Toxic Crusaders cartoon series (of which I was a co-creator), we had a deal with New Line Cinema to produce a big budget theatrical “Toxie” flick. But alas that flick flickered away and never came to be. Sad.

In more recent years, there have been rumors of a Toxic Avenger remake to star Arnold Schwarzenegger as Toxie. It looks like Arnold won’t be back, but at least now The Toxic Avenger will!

As someone who lived intimately with Toxie for more than seven years, through two sequels and a cartoon series spinoff, I can personally vouch for the lovability and durability of The First Superhero from New Jersey. Like Troma itself, this new take on The Toxic Avenger is destined to be Legendary!

I couldn’t be more happy for Lloyd, Michael, and the Troma Team. After all, “Everything I Know about Business and Marketing, I Learned from THE TOXIC AVENGER!”

, , ,

Indie Film Marketing, and How Things Have Changed… (video) #GetIndieWise

I was on a panel about Indie Film Marketing at the Grand Indiewise Convention in Hollywood (Florida, that is…). I had the chance to share some of my experiences in the “old days” and how things have changed today with the proliferation of Social Media and new distribution channels. As the saying goes, “everything old is new again,” and I think that many of the marketing angles we applied “back in the day” can be applied to the Indie Film world today (but with a few new twists), and I share some of those ideas and tips in the video below. NOTE: This is an edited version of the panel, of mostly my bits, as I just had my phone pointed at me…  🙂