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

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In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids) 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 ...

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Overview

In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids) 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.
 

When Columbia Pictures picked up Rodriguez's low-budget independent film, El Mariachi, and offered him a million-dollar contract, the rules of the Hollywood game were irrevocably changed. Complete with a shooting script of the film, this book is both one man's remarkable story and an essential guide for anyone who has a celluloid story to tell--and the determination to see it through. Photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452271876
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 159,112
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet 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’ 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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Table of Contents

Introduction
Author's Note
The Idea
I Was a Human Lab Rat
Preproduction
Production
Postproduction
Highway to Hell
The Chase
Columbia Pictures
Postproduction, Take 2
Telluride and Toronto
Postproduction, Take 3
Sundancing
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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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Ballzy, but not in a harsh way.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Read it!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    An Inspiration to Aspiring Filmmakers

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    A must bye for anyone intrested in film and photography.

    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.

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