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standard-gauge-still-2When I was nine or ten years old, and not busy seeing movies I was way too young to see (thanks, indulgent parenting!). I haunted the film section at my local bookstore, buying scripts, biographies of my favorite directors, books on technique and craft — it didn’t really matter so long as it was film related. Sometime in the mid-90s, this indiscriminate process resulted in my discovery of the classic, Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices. The author, Rick Schmidt, had written it several years before, and its premise was that for the average cost of a used car (around $6,000) it was eminently possible to make a feature film. Recently, I reread the book, and there’s no time like the present to catch up with the past, so put on your jodhpurs, grab a megaphone, and let’s make a movie, what say? More »

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Robert RodriguezWe all know Robert Rodriguez. Not only did he make his first feature for less than $8,000 and share every step of that process in his book Rebel Without A Crew, but he’s gone on to shoot countless other features and even found his own television network. For anybody wanting to make their first film, but is not sure where to start and what steps to take, a video of one of Rodriguez’s famous 10-minute film schools has been making its way around the web, and it has the answers that you’re looking for in a way that only Rodriguez can provide. So if you’ve got a few minutes, here’s Robert Rodriguez, the man himself, to tell you exactly how to make your first film. More »

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Robert RodriguezEven if you’re not a huge fan of their work, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the independent filmmakers that made making films outside of the studio system popular in the 90s. One of those filmmakers is Robert Rodriguez. At just 23-years-old, Rodriguez made his debut film El Mariachi for only $7,000, proving that you don’t need boatloads of cash, a film degree, or a studio’s permission to make the movie you want to make. This self-described rebel shared 5 golden rules of filmmaking with MovieMaker Magazine, and we’ve chosen a couple to pass along to you. More »

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Watching the latest trailer for DIY-to-Hollywood filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, I felt like I was watching a Latino adaptation of the ’70s blaxploitation classic Shaft — albeit an extra bloody one. However, once I put “Robert Rodriguez’s Latin Shaft” into the title of the post, I realized that “Red Band” trailer could take on an entirely different meaning. I’m sticking with the title despite — or because of — this unintentional euphemism, but you can feel secure that the nudity in this NSFW trailer is not supplied by Rodriguez’s Latin Shaft (or for that matter, his Machete). More »