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Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player Paperback – September 1, 1996
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“Robert Rodriguez won critical acclaim and the attention of every studio in Tinseltown with his action-packed debut feature, El Mariachi—but the question remains: However did he write, direct, shoot, and edit the flick all by his lonesome…and for a paltry $7,000? You’ll find that out and more in this straight-talking and highly entertaining memoir-cum-moviemaking primer... you will never view an independently made movie (or $7,000) the same way again.”—Entertainment Weekly
“There's no one in the American film business quite like Robert Rodriguez, who plays completely outside the rules imposed by Hollywood studios… Given his success rate, it's clear his method works… Rodriguez has long been a hero to independent filmmakers.”—The Daily Telegraph
"A hero to the independent film crowd."—The New York Times
“Only someone very young or ignorant would attempt to make a feature film with $7,000 dollars and no crew. This is because most people know such an endeavor is impossible. Not only did Robert Rodriguez create ‘El Mariachi’ under those conditions but at 23 he became a Hollywood success overnight… Rebel Without a Crew is the kind of book one would expect from someone who had the courage to break with convention and enough talent for it to pay off almost immediately.”—The Los Angeles Times
About the Author
ROBERT RODRIGUEZ is an independent screenwriter and director of more than fifteen feature films. He pioneered the “Mariachi-style” and “one-man film crew” styles of filmmaking, and is the founder of the production company, Troublemaker Studios. Some of Rodriguez’s films include Sin City, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Faculty, Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Spy Kids, Planet Terror, and Machete. He has collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on From Dusk Till Dawn and Grindhouse.
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His journey is indeed an unorthodox one, and won't happen to too many other people, because why would it? That was his path and everyone's journey into this industry is different. However, you can learn some GREAT secrets on filmmaking, dealing with studio peeps and how to better your craft in no-time flat. The stuff about him signing with ICM & getting deals? That comes when you do good work and a monkey can sign a contract. The filmmaking and the time-crunches he blasted through...that's where the art is and he explains it all brilliantly.
This is simply a must-have book for new, inspiring and hopeful filmmakers. It's like they always say...if he can do it, then you can do it too. :)
I doubt that Mr. Rodriguez will ever read this review, but I still want to give my thanks to him. Without this book, I would have never made my own movie.