How a Twenty-three-year-old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player

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Penguin, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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No one has landed on the cinematic map with more explosive force than Robert Rodriguez, director of "El Mariachi." Just how did this amateur filmmaker from Texas - with only one camera, no crew, and a budget largely raised by subjecting himself to medical experimentation - manage to complete a feature film for $7,000 and get himself wined and dined by Hollywood's biggest movie moguls? Now, in his own witty and straightshooting style, Robert Rodriguez discloses all the unique strategies and innovative techniques he used to make "El Mariachi" on the cheap. You'll see firsthand 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.
 

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Robert's depiction of the LA scene is entirely accurate. He was a very cool-headed guy who didn't let all the hype get to him, at least that's how I remember him. Talented person with a big heart, and the book is a wonderful glimpse into a world few experience. 'Rebel without a Crew' is a good read. -- Donna P. 

Contents

The ldea
3
Preproduction
29
Postproduction
56
Highway to Hell
74
The Chase
91
Postproduction Take 2
134
Telluride and Toronto
149
Sundancing
173
The Curse of El Mariachi
192
El Mariachi the Original Screenplay
211
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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' 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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