April 13, 2015 at 6:02PM


Can I get and Tips and Tricks,

Hey everyone my name is Trae and I'm 22 years old from Atlanta. I literally just found this site last night and I love it already. I'm really excited about someday being apart of this industry and I'm hoping that this site and the community here will help me along the way. I just want to tell a little bit about myself and hopefully someone can relate.

I attended the Art Institute of Atlanta for animation before I switched to digital filmmaking. I made the decision because I quickly found that my drawing skills were no match for the kids that had been doing it for years. So I tried filming because for years my family has always had the biggest movie collections in the neighborhood. After directing my first silent film for my first project I swiftly fell in love and knew exactly what I wanted my career to be. Unfortunately as some of you may already know, the Art Institute was too expensive for me to remain enrolled and I had to drop out. Ever since then I've been working and hoping that some day I could resume my career.

Well now the time has come. I recently bought and received my first camera. It is a DSLR(Nikon 3100). It's not great but I think I did well for my first one, and besides I love this thing. Me and my best friend have dreams of movies, TV series and shows. But to be quite frank we are pretty lost (laughing). We have a camera , tripod, external hard drive and some other pieces but we don't have a laptop powerful enough to handle all the work. We have tried financing and taking out loans but neither one our credits are good enough to qualify. We have tried crowd funding but I understand that it is used more for when you are actually working on a project.

Basically what I'm asking here guys is how did you make it happen? I'm a open book and I'm willing to listen to any and everyone. I want to know your language, the way you carry yourself and every little detail. I am genuinely excited about this. Ever since I got my hands on my camera I can't take my mind off this. It's hard for me to focus at work, I haven't touched my Xbox in days, and even now I'm standing over a fresh batch of cookies I just made that are getting cold just to write this. I can't wait to hear from you all. Thanks


The Nikon 3100 is a great starter camera...

Vimeo Nikon 3100 Videos

You don't have to use a laptop to edit with, desktop computers work just as well and are often cheaper.

You can buy the Sony Movie Studio software for as little as $40 on sale to edit with. This software use the same "engine" as the professional Sony Vegas Pro software, so the quality is top notch. ( and the layout is almost the same as Vegas Pro, so once you know the Studio version you can move up to Vegas Pro and it works the same way )


As for learning, just keep shooting. Plan your films and shoot as often as you can. You will get better with every film you make.

April 14, 2015 at 2:32AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Thank you thank you! I will check that out as soon as possible

Trae Dukes

April 14, 2015 at 4:11AM

Sell the Xbox and buy a good enough computer for editing.

On that computer you download, illegal as hell, all the software you could ever need and watch a shitload of tutorials about them on Youtube.

Soon you will be on your way! Keep the fire up, make movies.

April 15, 2015 at 1:45AM

Viktor Ragnemar

Okay thanks will explore that option

Trae Dukes

April 15, 2015 at 2:47PM

Use $50 a month and get an Adobe membership. Put together an editing computer by watching you tube videos they tell you how to build a computer. Watch you tube videos on editing and maybe get a linda.com membership also adobe has how to videos now when you subscribe. Then using adobe's script editor you can write your short films. Linda.com will show you how to do everything from editing to after effects. Just start writing and shooting short films using what you have available. Talk to local film makers and become a member of a local film club or meet up group. In San Diego there is a professional group that meets once a month. Network with people and your sphere of what is available to you will grow.

April 15, 2015 at 7:42AM

Shane A. Miller

Thanks taking notes now

April 15, 2015 at 2:54PM

Trae Dukes
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