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

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Penguin, Sep 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids, Machete) 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. 

A perfect gift for the aspiring filmmaker.
 

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User Review  - bobbybslax - LibraryThing

It's mostly just a repurposed journal, but the journal as is is still pretty interesting! Rodriguez's approach to filmmaking is very inspiring. Read full review

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User Review  - JohnMunsch - LibraryThing

Diary entries for Rodriguez from the point at which he conceives of doing an extremely low budget film, through his drug testing to make money for the film, filming, selling the film in Hollywood, and the explosive reaction to the film afterward. Lots of encouragement for other film makers. Read full review

Contents

The Idea
1
Was a Human Lab
10
Preproduction
29
Production
41
Postproduction
56
Highway to Hell
74
The Chase
91
Columbia Pictures
118
Telluride and Toronto
149
Postproduction Take 3
158
Sundancing
173
The Release
182
The Curse of El Mariachi
192
The TenMinute Film School
197
El Mariachi the Original Screenplay
211
Copyright

Postproduction Take 2
134

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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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