Robert Rodriguez and How to Build a Filmmaking Empire
You can’t say indie film without saying Robert Rodriguez. I’ve been a HUGE fan of how Robert Rodriguez makes his films for a long time. His legendary film “El Mariachi” was released when I was in high school and changed my life.
Since then he has gone on to make some amazing films like Desperado (one of my favorites) From Dusk Till Dawn, the Spy Kids franchise, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Frank Miller’s Sin City.
He also wrote an amazing book documenting the making of El Mariachi and his rollercoaster ride in Hollywood called “Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player,” a must read for any independent filmmaker. Whether you love Robert Rodriguez films or hate them, you have to respect how he makes them.
Hollywood in Austin
Robert Rodriguez has built himself a remarkable filmmaking paradise in Austin, TX. Don’t believe me watch the two videos in this post where he gives you a tour of Troublemaker Studios. He has since purchased an old airport and built sound stages, more post production, office space, and everything you would need to make a film.
He has also done something that no other filmmakers has ever done before, he launched his own television network called “El Rey.”
In the over two hour interview that Tim Ferriss had with Robert Rodriguez he discusses not only his journey as a filmmaker but how he lives a creative life. This is why I wanted to share the interview with you.
Living a Creative Life
So many of us independent filmmakers forget why we got into the business and it’s to live a creative life. Make money yes, but do so by living a creative life. I found the interview fascinating and wanted to share it with the Indie Film Hustle Tribe. Take a listen at the top of the post.
Hope you enjoy it!
BONUS: Here’s a bonus podcast interview of Robert Rodriguez on the Nerdist. He describes his philosophy of indie filmmaking:
Here are some links to his films and books:
A Must Read Book for all Filmmakers:
Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
If you like this post watch: How to Make Robert Rodriguez’s Guacamole Gun
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