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How to make cool movies on a shoestring budget!,
This review is from: El Mariachi / Desperado (DVD)
All right, let's be clear here, the movies on this dvd are both cool. EL MARIACHI is a stunning achievement. Robert Rodriguez filmed the movie for $7000.00, most of which was spent buying film! DESPERADO was filmed for $7 million, but it looks like a $30 million action flick. How did he do it?
He tells you all about it on the director's commentaries for both movies. A lot of director commentaries are an instant cure for insomnia. But Robert Rodriguez is NEVER boring. He explains how he accomplished various shots. He tells you how he made El Mariachi for only $7,000! He tells you how to make a little money go a long way. This is a new or aspiring filmmaker's dream and for those of us who are simply curious, it's fascinating to hear. On top of that, there are two ten minute featurettes. On the EL MARIACHI side you get an awesome 10 Minute Film School and on the DESPERADO side you get the Anatomy of a shootout. It's amazing to see how Rodriguez made the movies. Also fun is the short BEDHEAD, which Rodriguez filmed several years prior to EL MARIACHI.
This dvd belongs on every movie fan's shelf. And as a note to any directors out there who plan to do commmentaries--listen to Rodriguez first to see how it's done!