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Digital Moviemaking 3.0 [Paperback]

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If you wanted warm and fuzzy advice on making it in Hollywood, this aint the book for you. This is a take no prisoners book written by a real inside Hollywood professional that will help you get your work done and get it seen by the public.

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Pages   217
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN  1932907378  
ISBN13  9781932907377  

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Interested in digital moviemaking, read this book first  Jul 29, 2008
Possibly one of the best film books I've read in a long time. Buy this book you will not regret it. He gives a lot of information while also getting to the point. If you are interested in digital moviemaking and don't know where to start, read this book first. You will be better prepared once you've this book.
If you are thinking of buying an HDV camera, get this book!  Jun 24, 2008
Don't buy an HDV camera before reading this book. The author goes to great length to cut through the HDV sales hype and explains, in detail, why you should not expect true HD quality from that format due to compression issues and data rates. He also provides good, practical advice on non-camera equipment needs and post-production techniques. The book's only real shortcoming is the periodic typo that was missed by the author's spell checker, but this kinda adds a bit of humor to the book.
"Digital Moviemaking 3.0" reviewed by Microfilmmaker Magazine...  Feb 6, 2008
Now available in edition 3.0, the Digital Moviemaking series of books goes back a number of years, helmed by author Scott Billups, who has been intricately involved in a lot of DP and effects work in commercials and specials for the likes of the History Channel, HBO, and the Discovery Channel. Scott has worked in numerous areas of the Hollywood and upper indie markets. In this book, he explores much of the insight he has gained on the many different aspects of the digital filmmaking revolution and how it serves potentially, to replace 35mm film as the moviemaking canvas of choice.

Digital Moviemaking 3.0 feels a little uncertain as to identifying its main audience. Its progression from a studio mindset in the beginning to a truly a no-budget mindset toward the end may have been an intentional way of showcasing evolution, but if that is the case, it feels a bit uneven. However, Digital Moviemaking 3.0 does a good job of providing some very useful technical ideas for filmmakers, regardless of their budgets. In addition, for those who read through to the end, you will be rewarded with some truly excellent, creative hacks and ideas for no-budget filmmakers.
--Excerpted from full review at

Reviewer: Jeremy Hanke
Final Score: 8.1/10
Issue: February 2008
Clear and Concise - Straightforward, No BS!  Jan 4, 2008
I can do it on my own, right? I've got the camera, right? I don't need anyone else's help...right?

I had hoped that when I cracked open this book it would provide me with a step-by-step guide on how to make my film with my Canon HV20. I've got the script, kinda. I know where I want to film, sorta. I can do it...maybe.

Though I had hoped to find a big warm shoulder of love and acceptance and "you can do it!" spunk, what I found was better. A tough-love, don't take any crap, here's what you're going to FACE IT! Which, in reality, is what I really need at this point.
This book takes the digital movie industry and, frankly, smacks it upside the head (in a good way). Though the first few chapters have a tendency to bog down in minutia that I don't really understand: "A 4:1:1 signal would have full luminance but only a quarter of the original Y'CbCr color value and only 8% of the original RGB color." The author does an excellent job of pulling you through all of that and explaining it in a clear way, to the chapters regarding lighting, cast and crew, production, editing, etc.

If I have only one issue in regards to the book, it is that Mr. Billups does not spend any time actually talking much about the story that you want to shoot. A seminar I took in 2007 a Producer got up and frankly said: "Is your story worth shooting? Or is it crap?" Now, I don't expect a book on digital movie making to really devote a chapter to whether or not I'm wasting my time making a glorified home movie - but it would have been nice for some emphasis.

But that is a small dent in this otherwise smooth machine. What I like about this book and Mr. Billups's approach is that he's honest. Straightforward. No BS. And that's what I need before I step out into the darkness with my camera in my hand and go: "what the hell am I doing?"

This book details everything you need to know about Digital Movie Making, explaining it all in a clear and concise way. Buy a copy before you start filming, you'll be glad you did.

Billups makes technology read as easily as a "Dick and Jane" book...  Dec 31, 2007
I read his first two editions of the book, and this is his re-vamped third edition (hence the "3.0"). Totally worth buying anew even if you only want and need to understand THE NEW RED CAMERA. His chapter on this Next Big Thing is so easy, with the use of muffin cup visuals, I smugly chuckled because I could now hold my own next to those filmmaker guys in those damn ubiquitous director baseball caps and goatees, grabbing at explanations and hovering over jibberish-filled camera manuals as if they were mysterious Ouija boards.

I already said this of Billups' work: "If Bukowski or Henry Miller knew how to fix anything at all--even a toaster--and tried to write about it, they would've sounded like Scott Billups, who takes technology out of protected pockets and puts it between his legs where all good art and life resides."

Best of luck to you all, for making it in New York now pales in comparison to understanding all of this new technology. Scott is your gondola guide. Love him. Buy him flowers. Give him vitamins and keep him alive for subsequent editions.

--Erika Lopez, writer girl

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