“I discovered it when I was 16. It’s got everything in it – you see how it’s possible to make a movie on a low budget. Next to nothing, almost.”
Aberdeen filmmaker Richard Currie recommends ‘Rebel Without a Crew’, Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 account of how he made the film El Mariachi on a budget of $7,000.
Rodriguez’s book has inspired countless people to make their own movie. Not least Richard, who has made a handful of shorts, a couple of documentaries and works with Portlethen filmmaker David Keith (Attack of the Herbals).
So, he showed it was possible to make a film on a four figure-budget. In fact the subtitle of the book is: “Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player”.
And this is all the more amazing because the book was published in 1996 – a lifetime ago, when you consider how technology, cameras etc has advanced in capability and accessibility.
But Richard still recommends it, at least for its inspirational funding ideas: “This guy underwent medical research experiments to fund the movie – he was writing his script while being paid to take all sorts of drugs!”