Wednesday 24 September 2014

The Robert Rodriguez 10 Minute film school

Robert Rodriguez, he's the guy who made El mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids (and the sequels), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City, Machete, and a bunch of others.

He also wrote the book Rebel Without a Crew, which deals with his adventures as a filmmaker, although it also has a bit to say to writers.  

Here is a 1993 video in which Rodriguez explains his approach to filmmaking.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

This is amazing. It really is a ten minute movie about how to make movies.

1. Think of yourself as a filmmaker. Make yourself business cards and hand them out to your friends. (This is in the 1990s).

2. Learn the technical aspects of filmmaking. This will mean you are not dependent on technical people.

3. Movie experience: make a film. Remember mistakes don't have to be mistakes. Tell everyone it's art.

4. Write your screenplay. Everyone writes the same way. Go to writing classes but don't go to film school or you will lose your originality. You can get rid of technical problems with writing. Write a cheap movie using what you have.

5. Visualise your movie. Others use storyboards or draw. You can look at a blank screen and imagine your movie shot by shot. Check it for speed, humour, logic.

6. Write down the shots. Get those shots.

7. Equipment. Borrow what you need. Don't use camera tripods as the film will lose its energy. You need light and movement. Use a light meter and don't overlight.

8. Post production. (This is advice given in the 1990s): Do not cut on film as this is slow, expensive and not creative. Use video or computer editing systems for a clean, pristine colour.

9. Send copies of your movie all over Hollywood.

10. Get an agent. Hollywood is full of sharks. You want a shark working for you.

11. Earn respect so you can get money to have the freedom to make movies the way you want.