Hi, Currently I'm interested in creating my own movies on DVD that have menus, subtitles, etc, that're like the kind of DVD movies that you buy in stores like Walmart, Barnes & Noble, etc. I'm using my copy of 3ds max 2011 on an Acer Aspire 5745G laptop that has an intel Core i3 370M CPU @ 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM (which I'm hoping to upgrade to 8 GB this Xmas season), a 1 GB Nvidia GeForce 420M video card, a 500 GB HDD (which I'm hoping also to upgrade to a few TB come Christmas 2012), Windows 7 Home Premium, and to date I've searched both Barnes & Noble's website and Amazon.com's website for a 2011-era 3ds max book on filmmaking, I couldn't find any such thing, but the closest match I found were
3ds max 6 animation & visual effects (from Barnes & Noble's used book store)
and 3ds max 6 animation: CG filmmaking from concept to completion (consumer) (from Amazon.com)
Although these are old books, I couldn't find anything else that fits my needs in filmmaking (that is, I want to make aliens, and I need a "concept to completion" book that takes me by the hand and shows me how to do what I'd like to do.)
Furthermore, I do not want to buy anymore stuff online until the 12 days before Christmas so please, don't suggest that I buy anymore books as I'd like very much to use these 2 books that I mentioned to you guys to for my filmmaking.
So what I'm asking, is what do you guys think of these 2 books that I linked to? I believe that although old, they will suit my filmmaking needs, what do you think?
Thanks in advance.
P.S. I'm a 3ds max beginner, but I'm familiar with photoshop.
If you guys want more information about these 2 books, you may do a search for them on Barnes & Noble's and Amazon.com's websites and read the table of contents/description.