Robert Rodriguez is going digital, forever. He says he will never go back to filming on tape like other filmakers. Considering the cost figures the article mentions it’s surprising there arent more directors making that decision and come to think of it it’s surprising there arent more independent movies made with that technology, there could be a lot more future or period movies made for small budgets. Of course, that’s the numbers he gives, I’d like to see a more detailed analysis.
That’s not lip service: Rodriguez is his own film editor, visual-effects supervisor, score composer and mixer, director and production designer. He edits everything in his garage in Austin, Texas—sometimes right up to the last minute.
Great to see he can do all those things and also promising for filmakers who want control on everything or, again, for small independent budgets.
At SXSW earlier this year there was a panel called something like “I’ll Never Shoot Film Again” — Rodriguez was on it, as well as Alex Holdridge who directed “Sexless”. I missed it but apparently it was one of the most compelling panels of the festival.
How about an “I’ll never make another Spy Kids movie” promise? :) I’d welcome that…
I wish I’d seen that panel! I’ll really have to make it to SXSW at some point, I’ve never been and even though it seems to have slowed down a bit there still seems to be a lot of interesting stuff hapening.