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Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player

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Robert Rodriguez threw down seven thousand dollars on his debut film El Mariachi, but you only need to spend a fraction of that to get all the insights that he learned. Anybody who's seen his later films (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) will know that the tricks of the trade revealed in his "10 minute film school" classes have served him well. How many other writer/director/editors have two successful franchises going simultaneously?
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Robert Rodriguez threw down seven thousand dollars on his debut film El Mariachi, but you only need to spend a fraction of that to get all the insights that he learned. Anybody who's seen his later films (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) will know that the tricks of the trade revealed in his "10 minute film school" classes have served him well. How many other writer/director/editors have two successful franchises going simultaneously?
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In his own witty and straight-shooting style, Robert Rodriguez discloses all the strategies and innovative techniques he used to make El Mariachi on the cheap — including filming before noon so he wouldn't have to buy the actors lunch. You'll witness Rodriguez's whirlwind, "Mariachi-style" filmmaking, where creativity — not money — is used to solve problems. Culminating in his "Ten-Minute Film School," this book may render conventional film-school programs obsolete.

Rodriguez also offers an insider's view of the amazing courtship he enjoyed with Hollywood's A-list. It's an entertaining tour of Hollywood's deal-making machine as he navigates you through studio meetings, pitch sessions, and power lunches. Candidly divulging all the tactics and tempting lures the warring studios used to win him over, he admits that he barely escaped with his movie and his soul intact. Exploding the conventional wisdom that you need at least a million dollars to make a feature film, this nuts-and-bolts account features the full El Mariachi shooting script, postproduction tips, film festival anecdotes, and publicity blitz secrets. He demonstrates the countless ways to do for free what the pros spend thousands (or more) on without a second thought.

Synopsis:

Rebel Without a Crew is both one man's remarkable story and the essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell and the determination to see it through.

Synopsis:

In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids) discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film, El Mariachi, on a shoestring budget. This is both one man's remarkable story and an essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell and the dreams and determination to see it through.  Part production diary, part how-to manual, Rodriguez unveils how he was able to make his influential first film on only a $7,000 budget.  Also included is the appendix, 'The Ten Minute Film Course,” a tell-all on how to save thousands of dollars on film school and teach yourself the ropes of film production, directing, and screenwriting.

 

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 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. 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Author's Note

The Idea

I Was a Human Lab Rat

Preproduction

Production

Postproduction

Highway to Hell

The Chase

Columbia Pictures

Postproduction, Take 2

Telluride and Toronto

Postproduction, Take 3

Sundancing

El Mariachi: The Release

Epilogue: The Curse of El Mariachi

Appendix 1: The Ten-Minute Film School

Appendix 2: El Mariachi, the Original Screenplay

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452271876
Author:
Rodriguez, Robert
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Screen, radio and tv
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Mariachi.
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Rodriguez, Robert
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
R-141
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.12x5.42x.81 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Robert Rodriguez threw down seven thousand dollars on his debut film El Mariachi, but you only need to spend a fraction of that to get all the insights that he learned. Anybody who's seen his later films (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) will know that the tricks of the trade revealed in his "10 minute film school" classes have served him well. How many other writer/director/editors have two successful franchises going simultaneously?

"Staff Pick" by ,

Robert Rodriguez threw down seven thousand dollars on his debut film El Mariachi, but you only need to spend a fraction of that to get all the insights that he learned. Anybody who's seen his later films (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) will know that the tricks of the trade revealed in his "10 minute film school" classes have served him well. How many other writer/director/editors have two successful franchises going simultaneously?

"Synopsis" by , Rebel Without a Crew is both one man's remarkable story and the essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell and the determination to see it through.
"Synopsis" by ,
In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids) discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film, El Mariachi, on a shoestring budget. This is both one man's remarkable story and an essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell and the dreams and determination to see it through.  Part production diary, part how-to manual, Rodriguez unveils how he was able to make his influential first film on only a $7,000 budget.  Also included is the appendix, 'The Ten Minute Film Course,” a tell-all on how to save thousands of dollars on film school and teach yourself the ropes of film production, directing, and screenwriting.

 

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