On his new “Shorts,” directing kids vs. adults … and setting up his own Hollywood in an Austin airplane hangar.
Forget Woody Allen. The real auteur and one-man show in movies today is director/writer/producer Robert Rodriguez — who also acts as his own director of photography, editor and composer. And the creator of the hugely successful “Spy Kids” and “El Mariachi” franchises isn’t based on some Hollywood back lot. He operates out of Austin, where he has built his own personal studio, Troublemaker. It includes a world-renowned visual effects studio and music and publishing arms and, since opening, has played a primary role in making Austin a highly competitive filmmaking hub.