While primarily known for the thousands of innovative visual effects that he has done over the last 20 years Scott Billups is quite an accomplished director and cinematographer. He is proficient in either film or HD and is widely considered to be one of the leading authorities in digital acquisition. In the past two years scott has shot seven motion pictures; five of them digitally. Except for two that were studio projects, all were featured at major festivals like Sundance / Slamdance, Toronto and the HBO Comedy festival in Aspen. All have sold, gone into distribution and made money. In that same time period Scott also worked on more than a dozen award winning shows for Discovery Channel, History Channel and HBO and contributed to both of this year's non-fiction, Prime-Time Emmy winners.
Best known for the hundreds of zany commercials he wrote and directed in the70’s and 80's,and more recently for the darkly compelling SONY PlayStation2 commercial that he shot & composited for noted director David Lynch, Scott is widely regarded as one of the leading innovators of contemporary digital production. His most recent book, DIGITAL MOVIEMAKING is considered by many to be the definitive guidebook to Hollywood's digital age.
Hired by Oscar winning cinematographer James Wong Howe in 1973, Scott continued to work on several of Mr. Howe's commercial accounts after Howe's death in 1975, parlaying that into his own ad agency (85 employees in 3 states). His retirement from the ad biz in 1983 lasted a whole 4 months!
In addition to being a co-founder of AFI Media Lab, and a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide, Scott has served as both a consultant and developer for Apple, Sony, Ikegami, Matsushita, and SGI, as well as a consultant for The Artists Rights Foundation & The National Science Highway to The White House. Scott's Emmy-acknowledged "A Day In The Life of Melrose" was the first TV show entirely shot, edited & broadcast from a computer, leading Scott to design & co-develop the first digital direct-to-disk camcorder - the Ikegami HL-57/AVID CamCutter. In 1995, in a joint venture with GTE, Scott created the first virtual, photo realistic, synthetic actress (Marilyn Monroe) utilizing the first full body cyber scan. Scott has also designed the methodology for creating the visual effects which have appeared in seven of the top ten motion pictures of all time.
Here is a partial list of some of the hundreds of clients & projects Scott has created digital magic for:
Discovery Channel, HBO, Sony Games, Samsung, Mattel, CBS, ABC TV, GTE, Pioneer Electronics, Showtime, Phoenix Pictures, Xerox, Texas Instrument, Oxygen, Concorde Films, Apple, ESPN, Amgen, EMI, Giorgio, Hemdale, ABC, ILM, Ikegami, Propaganda Films, Miramax, Saban, Republic Pictures, CBS, FOX, Kodak, Universal Picture & Studio’s, Panasonic, Kia Motors, House of Blues, Rysher Entertainment ,The History Channel,Sunny D 100% Juice, Hyundai
Mid-Century (Writer/Director), Muholland Drive (VFX Super), DragonStrike (Cinematographer/VFX Super), Bend it Like Beckham (VFX Super), Shredder (VFX Super), The Fantastic Four (VFX Super), The YellowBird (2nd unit DP/VFX Super), City of Ghosts (HiDef DP/VFX Super), T-2 Terminator, Jurassic Park, Switchback, Weels in Motion (Director/Cinematographer), The Roswell Incident (VFX Super), Barb Wire (VFX Super),
A Smile Like Yours, Man’s Best Friend (VFX Super), Precious Find (VFX Super),Pterodactyl Woman Of Beverly Hills (VFX Super), Hell Raiser:Bloodline, Tin Men, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Baby Geniuses, LArceny (HiDef DP/VFX Super) VF/X Super - BattleGround: Alexander the Great - Discovery Channel VF/X Super - The True Story: Alexander the Great - History Channel Director / Producer / VF/X Super - El Cid - History ChannelVF/X Super - Conquerors Series - History Channel-VFX Super - Massacre at Mystic - History Channel .
"Moments in Time" Discovery channel (segment director on 1 show) (VFX Super on 4 shows), “Brief History of Time-2” Science Channel (DP), "FX The Series" (Writer, Tech Consult/VFX 44 shows), Misery Loves Company (FOX), Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (TBS), Skiers Encyclopedia ,State of War,(Acclaim), Jack & The Beanstalk (Global), Pistol Pete (Castlerock), ECO Spies (Discovery), Maybe This Time (CBS), Secret Missions of the CIA (History Channel), Saturday Morning Kids & "The Big Blast" (ABC), "Big Comedy Monday" (CBS).-directed/shot /composited “Oxy Morons” for Oxygen channel
Commercial & Music Video:
Sony Playstation2 (commercial - directed by David Lynch, Scott was DP and VFX Super), 1-800-CALL-ATT (commercial), Nissan (commercial), Giorgio (commercial), Van Halen (music video), System of a Down (music video), 8Ball/MJG (music video), Coolio (music video), Tu-Phat (music video), The Cooler (DVD interface/design), CUBE2 (DVD interface/design), B-Witch (DVD interface/design), Rod Steel (DVD interface design) Sunny D 100% Juice (Dp & vfx) Pirates of the Caribbean ( Wii tv spot).