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Sat, Jun 01


Downtown Media Center

Filmmaker Bootcamp with Freddy Rodriguez

Learn the nuances of directing from one of South Florida's most talented filmmakers. Join us, June 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 10:00am to 1:30pm. Unleash your creative potential!

Filmmaker Bootcamp with Freddy Rodriguez
Filmmaker Bootcamp with Freddy Rodriguez

Time & Location

Last available date

Jun 01, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jun 22, 2024, 1:30 PM

Downtown Media Center, 168 SE 1st St 4TH FLOOR, Miami, FL 33131


About the event

Step into the world of filmmaking with award-winning filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez, the writer/director of the HBO short “Malabar” and the EMMY® and TELLY® winning PBS documentary series "Open Dialogues".

Our comprehensive four-week program demystifies the filmmaking journey, whether you’re new to filmmaking, an aspiring actor, a producer seeking to understand the director's perspective, or a seasoned filmmaker honing your craft, this course is tailor-made to equip you with the storytelling techniques to craft compelling narratives using the fundamental tools of film directing.

The Filmmaker Bootcamp dives deep into the psychology of filmmaking, dissecting directorial decisions in camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual composition to maximize emotional impact.

Week 1 - Finding Your Voice

Week 2 - Blocking, Staging & Composition

Week 3 - Pre-production

Week 4 - Funding, Film Festivals & Distribution Basics

Unlock the secrets to directing like a pro!

Everyone has a story to tell. Learn how to tell yours well.

Unlock the secrets to directing like a pro!

Reserve your spot today!

DATES: June 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, Saturdays ONLY from 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

WHERE: Downtown Media Center/FilmGate Miami (168 SE 1st St 4TH FLOOR, Miami, FL 33131)


Week 1 (5/1) - Directing 101 - Finding Your Voice

Week 2 (5/8) - Directing 102 - Blocking, Staging & Composition

Week 3 (5/15) - Directing 103 - Pre-Production (script breakdowns, shot lists, and storyboarding)

Week 4 (5/22) – Directing 104 - Funding, Film Festivals & Distribution Basics


FILMGATE MEMBERS check the newsletter for your promo code to apply at check out!

REFUND POLICY: Full refund up to 2 weeks. Partial refund or credit after that.


Freddy Rodriguez, a Miami filmmaking stalwart with a two-decade career, showcases an impressive portfolio, including the HBO-acquired film "Malabar." Recognized as "One of five Miami filmmakers to watch," he holds eight Suncoast EMMY® awards. Freddy's impact extends to social justice and the LGBTQ+ community through the acclaimed "Open Dialogues" series. In 2023, he received an "Innovator Grant" for the Spanish-language horror short, "The Efficiency." Freddy's unique vision and extensive experience make him an inspiring instructor, offering valuable insights into award-winning filmmaking and impactful storytelling in Miami. Learn more about Freddy on his website here.


  • Pictures will be taken for our social media + website!
  • We have a 24 hour refund policy.


Parking will be at the PK1 Garage/Downtown Courtyard Marriott, located at 200 SE 2nd Street, Miami, FL, 33131. This is a SELF-PARK garage. Please bring your ticket to the studio for discount validation.

-Up to 4 hours = $5

-Up to 8 hours = $10

-Beyond 8 Hours = $25

We can't wait to meet you!


  • General Admission

    Sale ends: Jun 22, 1:30 PM
    +$3.75 service fee
  • Class 1 - Directing 101

    Sale ends: Jun 01, 1:30 PM

    June 1st - Developing Your Voice

    +$1.00 service fee
  • Class 2 - Directing 102

    Sale ends: Jun 08, 1:30 PM

    June 8 - Blocking & Composition

    +$1.50 service fee
  • Class 3 - Directing 103

    Sale ends: Jun 15, 1:30 PM

    June 15 - Pre-Production

    +$1.50 service fee
  • Class 4 - Directing 104

    Sale ends: Jun 22, 1:30 PM

    June 22 - Funding & Distribution

    +$1.50 service fee



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