The old adage “more money, more problems” can certainly be applied to filmmaking. When a director is making a project that is financed by a major studio, their movie is at the mercy of a corporation. To use modern examples, sometimes this makes for beloved entertainment like The Avengers and sometimes it makes for disasters like Battleship. Of course, there is a third option– circumventing the studio system altogether. Here are 15 filmmakers who have turned their back on conventional studio filmmaking in favor pursuing more controlled working environments.
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Rather than be at the mercy of corporate studio systems, Robert Rodriguez opted to found Troublemaker Studios. Located in Austin, Texas at the former site of the Rober Mueller Municipal Airport, the studio produces projects in-house and, quite literally, in Rodriguez’s back yard. The autonomy allows the filmmaker to make films with the cooperation of studios, rather than be under their guidance.