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Rebel without a Crew Paperback – 26 Sep 1996
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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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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book, very inspiring.
only bad is the technology described in this book is dated but no problem
Must read for all budding filmmakers, good read for fans of film... Read more
This is a fantastic read and actually very inspiring. It's frank and it's from the heart while still managing to be educational.
Very highly recommended.
Even though the technology described in this book is dated, the spirit and ambition is timeless, a must-read for anyone interested in filmmaking.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant book, very inspiring. Will revisit it many more times. Must read for any aspiring filmmakers. Felt like I could've made El Mariachi. 10/10Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm an aspiring filmmaker and this book, even though very simply written, was just so amazing and inspiring. I'm sure it will be the first of many reads and references for me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marian
Good book but cover was badly damaged despite tight and secure packagingPublished 17 months ago by Hannah
Robert Rodriguez is very much a film maker on the up and has been for a number of years. In 2005, following the release of his film "Sin City"; he was ranked as one of... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
What can I say that hasn't been said before, this guy is probably one of the best film makers to come out of the early 1990's indie boom and this book is a no bar account of his... Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2013 by Amazon Customer