Monday, July 07 2008 @ 04:02 PM UTC
Contributed by: Jimbo
Robert Rodriguez has been in the press lately for his marital woes, but I prefer to think of him as the UT film student that shopped a $7,000 feature for the spanish home video market (El Mariachi) all the way to fame and fortune. If you want to know how he went from total obscurity to being represented by Robert Newman at ICM you should read this early interview
. The interview took place during Robert's first trip to Sundance and in it he announced "I created my own film school, the Robert Rodriguez Film School."
Though the school only operated for a short time, six years later Robert released a short called Ten Minute Film School
that dissected a chase scene from El Mariachi. He's released additional episodes over the years, which together make up a nice primer on low budget filmmaking. The videos are worth a look, but I wouldn't be much of a whaling captain if I could be comforted
with just that. After a little digging I was able to find an early class transcript in which Robert promised to teach the students everything they needed to know about film in ten minutes.
For your consideration, here is the original Ten Minute Film School: