I just finished reading Robert Rodriguez’s Rebel Without a Crew, which deals with the making of his acclaimed low budget film El Mariachi. Rodriguez has some strong views on creativity, which include the following points:
1. Lack of money and resources leads to creativity. When films have a high budget, they try to solve every problem with money.
2. Do as much as you can yourself instead of leaning on partnerships
(or in the case of film, a big crew), because you have to learn more
and also, it’s too easy to blame someone else for any mistakes that
come up in the process if you’re collaborating.
3. Don’t believe the cliche about “learning the rules before you break
them”; just jump in and learn as you go. Always question the accepted
method of doing things.
Post by Suzanne Castillia