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Determination is a central theme. Rodriguez's fascination for filmmaking starts when he's very young. When he's in 5th grade he draws cartoons, and a few years later he even makes claymation movies, which shows unusual patience and determination for a child. He wants to see the finished product and is willing to work as long as it takes for this. It is the same determination that leads him to believe that he can direct a movie for only $7,000. Not only does he accomplish this but he does so in just over two weeks and in spite of the uncooperative weather.