Wow, been a while. Crazy month for me. I went through the hardest crunch of my life, I finished up everything I had to do for Daxter, my wife woke me up one day right before beta to tell me she’s leaving me and moving to the other side of the country to live with a guy friend of hers she met in World of Warcraft, then two weeks later my crunch ended and I have lots of free alone time now! Biiiiiiiiiig month for me, yes sirree. No, I’m not joking.
Anyway, Daxter’s just around the corner. We’re so close… everyone at the office has been playing it from back to front to back again. We have a REALLY fun game on our hands.
Also been reading quite a lot. I’ve read more in the last two weeks than in the previous six months!
I just finished this AMAZING book called Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez, the director of movies like El Mariachi, Desperado, Spy Kids, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, and Sin City.
The book is a journal he kept of making his first feature length film, El Mariachi. He was poor and had no money, so he sold his body to science by offering himself up as a lab rat to a local hospital. They’d lock him up for 30 days and test drugs on him, and pay him money to do so. He took this time to write his movie and to earn the money he needed to make it.
Once he got out, he started filming and did EVERYTHING on the set himself. Filming, lighting, setting up the stage, directing, recording audio, everything. Then he cut and printed and scored the entire film himself, drove to Hollywood, and started trying to sell it.
Within about a week, through sheer effort, the PRESIDENTS of major movie studios like Disney, Paramount and Columbia were calling him personally to beg him to work with them, and were offering him hundreds of thousands of dollars to make movies. Simultaneously, his movie is winning major film festivals all over the country, while he is still dirt poor and trying to make it.
It’s an amazing day-to-day account of how everything came together for him through sheer force of will. If you’ve ever aspired to do anything yourself but need to be motivated to know that it CAN be done, read this book. Robert Rodriguez is absolutely amazing, and this book is super-concentrated inspiration juice. Buy it! You’ll feel like conquering worlds in no time.
I’ll be writing more soon. As I said before, I have basically nothing but free time now to read and do whatever I want, so why the hell not? :)