It is often said that all a director needs is a camera and a subject, and Robert Rodriguez drives that point home with his intuitive planning. Rodriguez’ ability to plan out scenes with the few resources that he had is somewhat inspiring, demonstrating to aspiring filmmakers that even the most prolific of directors aren’t afraid go back to basics.
During the latest special of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Robert Rodriguez talked about how he dressed his sons up in his Star Wars Halloween costumes in order to block out the various Boba Fett action sequences featured in “The Tragedy.”
“Since I didn’t have stuntmen at my disposal, I used my Star Wars action figures, cause a picture’s worth a thousand words and helped me just communicate what I was going for with a crew. And when I first showed it to Jon [Favreau] and Dave Filoni, Dave said ‘Wait a minute, were those just action figures I saw?’ And I said, ‘Well, yeah, I didn’t have anything else on hand.’ And he said, ‘No, you don’t understand. That makes it the coolest animatic ever.’ And I just thought, ‘These are my people!'”
It is also interesting to see how Rodriguez’ original vision translates to the final product, almost being identical in shot composition and blocking. This displays how in tune Rodriguez is with filmic language, being able to create effective shots without the need for fancy equipment or Volumes.