Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Robert Rodríguez
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rodriguez think is the most important thing for attracting a distributor?

2. What interests the professor in Rodriquez' work?

3. What does a professor at the film school think of Rodriguez' idea of making a film so cheaply?

4. How does Rodriguez obtain his first VCR?

5. When is Rodriguez informed that the owner of the borrowed camera will need it back?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rodriguez manage to shoot chase scenes and gun scenes in the movie?

2. What are some of Carlos Gallardo's contributions to the making of the movie aside from starring as El Mariachi.

3. Describe briefly how improvising becomes a big part of preparing for shooting the movie.

4. Describe the continuity problem caused by the heat on the set of EL MARIACHI.

5. Right after finishing his editing of the movie, what causes Rodriguez to begin doubting himself?

6. How do Rodriguez and Peter become friends in the Pharmaco dormitory?

7. What kind of publicity does Rodriguez receive while shooting the movie?

8. Discuss Rodriguez' period of depression during post production.

9. What avenue does Rodriguez find for raising some quick cash?

10. What happens on the last day of shooting EL MARIACHI?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a critique of REBEL WITHOUT A CREW. Mention what you think of the diary form of the book. Tell how you like or do not like the chronology of the book. Discuss the film making terminology as to whether it is helpful in understanding the process of making a movie. State your opinion whether Rodriguez is successful in achieving his stated goal for writing the book.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about borrowing money. In your essay use Rodriguez as an example. Explain the advantage he had from doing everything with whatever money he had or could earn to make his movie. Discuss in your essay the value of being creative to reach a goal.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay entitled, LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS AND NOT PROBLEMS. Start with Rodriguez as an example. Then write your essay about how dwelling on problems rather than looking for solutions to any situation in life is self-defeating.

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