Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson wrote the first draft of a screenplay together when they were students at the University of Texas at Austin. A year later, in 1992, with four thousand dollars borrowed from their fathers, they started shooting their 16mm black-and-white feature. They ran out of money after producing about eight minutes of the film. They showed that to Wilson family friend and screenwriter L. M. Kit Carson, who raised enough additional money to expand the movie to about thirteen minutes. They submitted that to the Sundance Film Festival, where it was shown as a short in 1993. –The Criterion Collection
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Anderson was interested in filmmaking and performance from a young age, shooting crude Super-8 movies and staging elaborate school plays. As a philosophy student at the University of Texas at Austin, Anderson found a kindred spirit in classmate Owen Wilson, who shared the director’s passion for playwriting and watching classic films of the ‘70s. The two became roommates and lingered at UT; as Anderson honed his skills at a local public access television station and Wilson performed in local stage productions. The duo then set out to shoot a full-length script they wrote, titled Bottle Rocket, recruiting two of Wilson’s brothers, Luke Wilson and Andrew Wilson, to perform. Despite Andrew’s production connections in Austin, however, the team eventually ran out of film stock and funds, and they had to edit their footage into a 13-minute short. The black-and-white production eventually found its way to fellow Texan filmmaker L.M. Kit Carson, a family friend… read more
typical 90s indie (short) film. b&w, quick dialog, comic sequences, innocent robbers, what's not to like?