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    Adam is the founder of BEEDOCS, an artisan software company that makes great timeline software for Mac OS X.

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Rebel Without a Crew

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Last month I read "Rebel without a Crew: How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player" by Robert Rodriguez. I was totally inspired!

The book is mostly journal entries from the making and promoting of El Mariachi. It also contains advice from Robert Rodriguez on how to be a filmmaker. It can be summarized as stop waiting for permission and just do it! For me, his recollections of making his own movies as a kid using to VCRs with pause button totally bring back memories of doing the same.

Writing book reviews always seems awkward to me (you should read the book rather than my review), but I wanted to spread the word on this book. Whether or not you are interested in film, if you have ever had an idea for a creative endeavor perhaps you will be inspired by Rodriguez's story and advice as I was. For example, every Indie software developer should have a copy of this book.

By the way, I have decided I should start sending complimentary Bee Docs' Timeline licenses to people who's own work has been inspirational to me. Does anyone know how I can get a license to Robert Rodriguez? If so, please send me an e-mail and let me know: Adam at BeeDocuments.com. Thanks!

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5 Comments:

Blogger SergioJuly 24, 2008 3:30 PM

Well Adam,

forgive me if I can't go far from the obvious... maybe you can start from the contact form of his official web site?

http://www.troublemakerstudios.com/contact/

I am sure the indie movie people love macs, and someone in RR staff might know your software and tell Robert...

On Apple website there is a section on professionals:

http://www.apple.com/pro/profiles/

These articles are very interesting as professionals reveal their techniques (and how they like Apple products) and Apple could be interested to make an article on RR.

As you are known to Apple (I refer to your recent award), you might ask Apple to open a channel to RR. Am I going too far?

Blogger Adam BehringerJuly 24, 2008 3:36 PM

Sergio,

Good ideas. I know a number of Bee Docs' Timeline customers are film makers so I was hoping for a customer introduction, otherwise I'll send through his studio contact page as you suggest.

RR seems to be a big Mac guy based on seeing his computers in the special features of his films and a few mentions in the book. I'd love to see Apple feature him in one of the profiles that they do.

Adam

Blogger SergioJuly 25, 2008 3:33 AM

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Blogger SergioJuly 25, 2008 3:40 AM

Robert Rodriguez uses, among other products, Final Cut Pro in his projects:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HNN/is_4_20/ai_n13684226

Apple could indeed publish a RR profile on their pages.

However, the article at the above link is signed by the author and email of the author is also provided, so here is a guy who presumably had a chance to contact RR. If you could send him a message that does not look like spam...

Cheers,

Sergio

Anonymous Izzy VideoAugust 17, 2008 9:14 AM

Adam,

I loved this book as well. It was one of the first ones I read that got me so crazy into video, and now it's become my main passion.

I even have an old wheel chair that I intended to use for dolly shots like RR (I ended up getting a Glidecam instead which worked very well).

Anyway, I just found your work via Don McAllister's presentation at the New Media Expo. You've created an incredible product, which I'll likely end up using...

I've subscribed to your blog. I look forward to reading/watching your future content.

All the best,

Izzy Video

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