I consider it a good sign that I never rip through books like I am now. That this is how I watch movies, soaking them up, yet it seems I can do the same with books that are about movies. The passion is definitely there. I worry, though, that I might not be so daring as I need be, as it seems Robert Rodriguez was to get his start.
I'm glad I got these books together because, though they are equally inspiring and really make me confident that my dreams are possible--quite doable, they also seem polar opposites as far as the filmmakers' attitudes, philosophies and such. the DF101 guys do their films non-profit (perhaps because they couldn't turn a profit), for the thrill of making a film and the education involved. It's a thrill for Rodriguez as well, and he did El Mariachi to learn about making a feature-length film, but a week after the final edit he was driving his way to Los Angeles to sell it, and (it's obvious though I haven't read this part yet) does pretty good for himself. A mantra of DF101 is, "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip," but bleeding is exactly how Rodriguez financed his film, actually partaking in a medical experiment for a month. DF101 does everything legally, by the book for tax purposes, and... well c'mon, do you think Mr. Desperado was that concerned about such things?
I see myself at a happy medium, philosophically speaking, between the two extremes. Though I probably would if I had to, I don't plan on donating my body to science in order to fund my film. I do plan on plenty of sweat & tears, however... long sleepless nights, cramping my hands up coding and driving myself bonkers making enough websites to pony up the dough. I will ask around first to see if the result would be legally sellable, but I don't plan on paying actors $6.00 an hour when I'm already putting myself in the hole, and they'd probably do it for free. Lord knows I will not be making any movie about an alien in some goofy foam-rubber mask. I don't know if my stories would be sellable, but they will be more sellable than that. Oh, and I won't be making any movies down the road like Spy Kids 3D.