Rebel Without a Crew, Or, How a 23-year-old Filmmaker with [dollars]7,000 Became a Hollywood Player

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Faber & Faber, 1996 - Cinema directors - 285 pages
In the world of American independent film-making, no one has landed on the cinema map with more explosive force than Robert Rodriguez did with El Mariachi. And he did so with only one camera, no crew, and a budget largely raised by subjecting himself to medical experimentation. Written in an exceptionally witty and straight-shooting style, this book will render conventional film-school programmes obsolete. Exploding the conventional wisdom that you need at least a million dollars to make a feature film, Rodriguez clearly demonstrates the countless ways to do for free what the pros spend thousands on without a second thought. Rodriguez also offers an insider's view of the amazing courtship he enjoyed with Hollywood. He presents an entertaining tour of the Hollywood deal-making machine as he navigates his way through studio meetings, pitch sessions, and power lunches with the biggest names in the industry. Candidly divulging 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. 'Rebel Without a Crew' 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.

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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

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User Review  - storming - LibraryThing

This is a great story about how a kid that liked making movies ended up making a movie that landed in Hollywood. Along the way he decides that film school is for people that want to work for people ... Read full review

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