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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc (26 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452271878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452271876
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
"Ahero 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"

About the Author

ROBERT RODRIGUEZis 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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As a film fan and someone with a creative urge, the story of someone making a movie on a miniscule budget was a compelling one and you won't realise just how extraordinary it is until you read this book.
Any exact details I tell you about the way Robert Rodriguez financed, filmed and sold El Mariachi will just spoil this book, as most of it just beggars belief, but it is basically his diary from the time and, as is displayed in his movies, Rodriguez is an entertaining story teller with a very easy and glib style and his love of movies shines through without ever losing track of reality (you won't find any glossy fairytale-esque takes on Hollywood and the movie industry). You get the feeling that this is a very lucky but very normal guy just living out his dream and it so refreshing to get such honesty from books like this.
By the end of it all you can't help but feel that you too could go and make a movie on a shoestring but it also reassures you that your dreams are possible if you're willing to put the effort in and see it through and in this age of nay-sayers and miserable pessimism (best displayed in recent British rock groups) it is a joy to hear someone give you a qualified 'yes you can' message and it is that which broadens this books appeal from beyond the prospective movie maker to anyone who has a longing to do anything creative and although it helps if you do have an interest in movies you don't have to worry about jargon busting.
At the end of the day this is a compelling story and the fact that it is a true story only adds to its mystique. Entertainingly written and wholly inspiring this book will make you dream again.
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This is the best film-makers book about. There is no messing, this is true inspiration. "Get a camera, make a film", Rob manages to deliver this painfully simple advice in a most amusing way and the book will leave you wanting to do just that. It also includes the classic advice: Buy a crap tripod, just so you look professional, then don't use it. Static shots are stilted and boring, hold your camera and keep everything moving, it's much more exciting. I suppose you have to understand that the man makes action films, but there you go. A wonderful, well writen read. Nice one Rob.
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Not knowing what to expect prose-wise from a film-maker famous for stylised violence, this text was a pleasant surprise; Rodriguez is erudite, funny (especailly in his recollection of selling himself to medical science to fund the film)and his obvious enthusiasm rubs of on you. He is honest, self-deprecating, and thankfully ego-free. This was one of the most entertaining reads I have ever read about film, made better because of the complete lack of pompous piety that Hollywood is famous for.
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... this book is amazing! ... it's the story of true passion and love for filmmaking. No matter what! ... robert succeeds not only in his own desire to make movies but also in sharing his enthusiasm with us. this book is igniting a huge force, it's a booster. I found it by accident and once I started reading - I couldn't stop. Finaly, it made me starting to produce my first feauture right now! ... thanks robert!
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The sole reason you're buying this book shouldn't be because you want to learn about filmmaking. If you're interested in that, you're better off watching his '10 minute film school' in the extras of 'El Mariachi' as well as in some of his other films.
As a filmmaker and fan of Robert Rodiguez, this book was a blast. It's crazy, funny, entertaining and very inspiring.
But do not fall in the trap of believing that his book will teach you how to make a movie for almost nothing and turn it into a hit. If anything, you'll learn about making a movie for almost nothing - full stop.
Although many filmmakers' dream, Robert Rodriguez's rise to fame is not the common way for it to happen. In fact, it is extremely rare. Do not expect your film to have the same results or you'll be disappointed.
Instead take the book firstly as an awesome autobiography, secondly to get ideas on how to make your movie for a low budget and finally, as inspiration.
One of the greatest things about this book is how it fills you up with energy and makes you want to take over the world.
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In 1991, Robert Rodriguez was just another film fanatic who wanted to make his own feature-length movie. Unlike the bulk of people in the same situation, he actually did something about it - volunteering himself for medical trials to raise the funds, being his own crew, sorting out his cast and location and actually making a film. Then his $7,000 movie, intended as a test-run to be sold to Spanish-language direct-to-video, was picked up by Columbia Pictures and Rodriguez became “a Hollywood Player”. I remember reading about him in Premiere at the time (though it was long after this that I got a chance to see the film - in fact, I think I saw “Desperado” first) and being impressed both with his attitude and his story. When I was in London recently, on the Crusty Exterior get-together, I found the book in Skoobs and picked it up and I’m glad I did. A diary, from 8th March 1991 (the start of the project) to 26th February 1993 (as the film opens wide), this follows the “El Mariachi” saga all the way through - we experience the highs, lows and great fun of shooting, the frenzy from the studios and what happened next. Rodriguez is a good guide to the whole thing, as amazed as anyone - though full of self-belief - and not quite able to believe his luck (but constantly thinking about how he can help his large family with the funds he suddenly has access too). It helps that he has a great approach and knows his stuff (and what he doesn’t, he’s more than willing to learn) and has clearly put the work in (his previous short films had won various awards at film festivals). The Hollywood experience is dazzling - he’s unsure about his “little” movie being on the big screen (“It’s not that I fear failure. I just fear failure in front of other people.Read more ›
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