Its hard to believe that the movie El Mariachi came out 25 years ago. Its one of my favorite movies, and I love the director, Robert Rodriguez. Rotten Tomatoes gives El Mariachi a 93%. For you Rotten Tomatoes fans, this is a good number, but worse movies (more expensive . . . comic book hero movies, for example) have received higher ratings.
Here’s the thing: Rodriguez wrote, directed, and filmed El Mariachi in 1993 for $7,000. And he did it in two weeks. Feeding the crew of a super hero movie cost millions. Yes, millions for food. Again, Rodriguez created a great, classic movie for $7,000.
As you might imagine, it was tough for Rodriguez to film such a classic on a low budget. I think the term “low budget” covers budgets up to $100,000, so $7,000 should qualify for some word we have yet to invent. Of course, once Hollywood saw what he Rodriguez could do with $7,000, future budgets ran into the millions.
Surely, things would get easier with more money, right? There’s a song about Mo Money, but you have to get your 90’s on to sing along to such rap wisdom.
Rodriguez was once asked by an aspiring filmmaker about how few problems he must now have–with more money to make his films. The student filmmaker explained “I tried filming my movie on a low budget–but this went wrong, that went wrong, everything went wrong!” I loved Rodriguez’s response: if you are a filmmaker, you are hired because everything goes wrong. That’s the job.
Same goes for criminal defense. Things go wrong, that’s the job.
Yesterday, a client apologized to me because his witnesses were a tad difficult. He was right, but an apology was completely unnecessary. I fix problems for a living. After 25 years of defending every sort of case imaginable–my job is to fix things (my web people love these sorts of statements, borderline advertising, I know, but you need to know what I do). I’m not the Wolf, but things get fixed (follow me here, Robert Rodriguez is friends with Tarantino . . . ). Continue Reading