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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
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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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There are lots of examples of how to get lots done on a tiny budget. But, it doesn't get bogged down in technical details. They're mentioned and then on to the next thing.
It's neat to see a daily journal that's been turned into a book that is very easy to read.
About one-quarter of the book (75 of 285 pages) is the screenplay for "El Mariachi", which is nice to have and provides much to be learned from, but it isn't required reading.
I came away feeling inspired. That's pretty good praise for any book.
The writing is diary like and flows nicely from beginning to the end. Rodriquez gives very interesting insight on how he tackled huge problems and came up with inexpensive solutions to mimic big budget movie look and feel.
Definitely not a step by step guide on making and editing your own movies, this book is actually more of guide to a mind-set or philosophy on getting out and actually pursuing a dream.
"The Ten-Minute Film School" included as Appendix 1 is a great addition and is worth reading by itself.
I was recommended this book by the crew behind the indie film "Hybrid Vigor". I would definitely recommend it in my turn to anyone else who's trying to find the right attitude for getting into filmmaking.
Readers who aren't dying to make their own movies will still find this a tremendously good tale of how an ordinary, middle-class, almost-a-dropout can become a success. Rodriguez's formula for success is a true homily: 10% inspiration + 90% prespiration, and a little blood donated to science. Oh, and a whole lot of chutzpah.
For aspiring independent film-makers, this book is truly a must-read. For everybody else, it's a ripper of a true tale, well told and likeable.
Oh, and don't forget to pair it with the video of "El Mariachi", the film the book is all about. It shows how stylish a "cheap" film can be, and it's a lot of fun, especially when you know all the "inside jokes": cheat sheets, wheelchair dollies, why everybody always gets shot in the chest, etc.
(The older model Kindle touch, for text to speech, and my Kindle paperwhite, for when I just want to read). I hope the publisher will eventually put this out on e-book and audiobook. I buy it again. Yes, that good!