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

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

by Robert Rodriguez


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452271876
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1996
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 63,531
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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. 

Table of Contents

Author's Note
The Idea
I Was a Human Lab Rat
Highway to Hell
The Chase
Columbia Pictures
Postproduction, Take 2
Telluride and Toronto
Postproduction, Take 3
El Mariachi: The Release

Epilogue: The Curse of El Mariachi
Appendix 1: The Ten-Minute Film School
Appendix 2: El Mariachi, the Original Screenplay

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Rebel Without A Crew: Or how a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JohnMunsch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
storming on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 that make movies. In his opinion, the best way to learn how to make movies is not to go to film school but to make movies!The book is excerpts from his journal which is a style I don't normally like, but it was a pretty fun and easy read.
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Resilient More than 1 year ago
If a degree is called a sheepskin, are they warm enough to keep you not cold. Action, movement, will keep you warm. Thinking will just keep you occupied. Get out and move. Oh yeah, RTFB.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the book that America's top film schools should fear. If you're a filmmaker then you need to buy this book and read it, it can change your life as a filmmaker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved movies all my life, and I've always dreamed of making them or starring in them. But I've always convinced myself that it can't be done, that I have no chance as a filmmaker. Robert Rodriguez is an inspiration to us all. This book advises everyone to stop saying you want to do something, and then just go out and do it. Books don't often move me, but I appreciate when they do. And Rodriguez's story moved me on every level of thought and emotion. Thank you, Robert, for giving me the confidece to go out and live my dream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 23 year old student photographer. Good inspirational book for new film makers, photographers, artist and anyone looking for some courage to make something out your life this book gives that and more. Also has some cool information about film making industry.