Many of the best American directors of the last four decades, including
Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, and Jonathan Demme, took lessons early on from
what Demme and others have termed "the Roger Corman school of filmmaking" - the
B movie mogul's studio New World Pictures. Given tiny budgets and a formula
framework to work with, these auteurs-in-the-making were otherwise free to
exert their creativity, learning in the process how to make the most of limited
resources and how to manipulate generic conventions into personal, poetic films
that also pleased audiences.