I just think Corman's a King of Movies, period. Filmmaking is filmmaking - one calls it doing it cheap, the other can say it's just doing it economical. After all, filmmaking is an expensive 'hobby', and without sound financial foundations for the independent filmmaker, bankruptcy is pretty much assured.
This book was truly a pleasant read. Unlike many 'guru' books, Corman does not hold back to share minute, specific and concrete details about his experiences and anecdotes with the reader - this is particularly relevant to many independent filmmakers.
He tells you specifically what he did, when the lead actress' agent threw a fit and asked him for more money at the last minute. He dropped the actress, made the second lead the lead, and then moved every actress one role up. How can you put shots of a burning house when you don't have money to burn down a house? Stay on the lookout for fires happening in your area, and rush to the scene and film it - and then REUSE IT every time you need a burning house in any of your subsequent films to save shooting time and film stock. How do you go on vacation at the same time as work? Well, set your films in the vacation destination of your dreams and have your financiers pay you for it. The book is full of great tips and funny anecdotes similar to these, and are both entertaining and educational.
Written in a funny, casual and inspiring language, this book is truly a must have for any independent filmmakers out there. Even if you don't learn a thing, you can still just enjoy reading about the experiences of this great man, who was never afraid to stand up for himself and tell others off in order to protect his dreams, fun and aspirations.