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Welcome to WriterDirector.com. This site has been providing news and information to aspiring (and perspiring) filmmakers and screenwriters since 1999.

This is also the showcase site for our own projects, most notably our self-produced and -distributed movie, GEEZERS, and our future production FOOLPROOF PLAN.

WriterDirector Peter Bohush is also in post production on a sci-fi/action feature film he co-produced, directed and co-wrote. Check out the Broken Spirits movie website.

Check out our archive of moviemaking how-to articles and product reviews, the interesting production notes on the making of GEEZERS (one of the first digital video movies), clips from other projects, and links to useful sites for filmmakers and writers.

And please join us on Facebook for regularly posted tips and links and to share your own projects.

Poor Man’s Process filmmaking technique

“Poor Man’s Process” is a filmmaking technique to shoot actors in what looks like a moving car, without the use of green screen, rear screen projection, or using an actual moving vehicle such as on a trailer or with camera mounts.

The setup is fairly straightforward, although it has been somewhat of a trade secret in Hollywood for decades. Continue reading

New VFX Reel and Thoughts

After a couple of hundred vfx shots completed for features, shorts and webisodes, I’ve put together a new vfx reel. Check it out, along with my thoughts for filmmakers about visual effects.

Learning the technical aspects of visual effects shots came out of necessity for me as an independent filmmaker. But more than rotoscoping, motion tracking or compositing techniques, the biggest lesson I’ve learned — and learned the hard way — is that Continue reading

“Broken Spirits” Official Trailer (#4) directed by Peter Bohush

Follow along with the production of this sci-fi/action feature film, directed by Peter Bohush at www.BrokenSpiritsMovie.com. I will be showing a sneak peek preview of about 20 minutes of the movie at Anime Expo on Sunday July 7, 2013.

Broken Spirits official trailer (#3)

Official trailer for the independent feature film Broken Spirits. Directed by Peter Bohush.

Follow along with the production of this movie at www.BrokenSpiritsMovie.com.

VFX Magic – Fight Scene

Here’s a little video showing some visual effects magic in a fight scene to make the kick appear to hit the actor’s face.

Follow along with the production of this movie at BrokenSpiritsMovie.com.

9-10: The Day Before – a film by Peter Bohush

My latest short film. This is video footage I shot at the World Trade Center, combined with actual FDNY radio communications from 9-11. This video footage has never been seen before. Please watch it, and if you like it please let your friends know about it. Thanks.

Tutorial: Quick Digital Dailies with Adobe Encore CS6

Use Adobe Encore CS6 to quickly and easily burn digital dailies of your shoot files onto DVD. This brief tutorial shows you how.

 

Also check out my review of Adobe CS6 here.

Hey you, get onto my (creative) cloud!

by Peter Bohush

With the release of Creative Suite 6, Adobe has also introduced a new subscription pricing model as an alternative to buying the entire suite or individual applications.

Dubbed the Creative Cloud, the subscription-based offering is “a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work,” according to Adobe Systems Inc. Instead of buying the software (and Adobe apps are not cheap,) users can opt to pay a monthly subscription for use of all the CS6 applications on any of their computers.

The included programs are the latest releases of Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Professional and other products. In addition, two new Touch apps, Proto and Adobe Collage, are now available for iOS devices such as the iPad.
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Review: Adobe CS6 — an awesome update

Adobe CS6: Suite-New & Improved Production Tools
by Peter Bohush

With Creative Suite version 6, Adobe has raised the bar yet again with a comprehensive set of applications for TV, commercial, web and film post-production. CS6 is a 10!

The CS6 Production Premium package is anchored by Photoshop (image editor), Illustrator (vector graphics drawing), After Effects (motion graphics and visual effects) and Premiere Pro (non-linear editor.)

Production Premium also comes bundled with Audition (audio editing), Encore (DVD and BluRay mastering), Flash Professional (interactive web graphics), Media Encoder (file compression and conversion), Bridge (view, manage and batch process many types of graphics and files), and two new applications: Prelude (for ingesting, logging and transcoding digital video footage) and SpeedGrade (color correction and grading.)

The Big Mamou of all Adobe products is called their Master Collection, and in addition to the apps in Production Premium it adds InDesign (desktop publishing), Acrobat X (PDF creation), Flash Builder (application development), Dreamweaver (website design) and Fireworks (prototype designer.)

Production Premium CS6 caters to many types of TV and moviemaking professionals: editors, visual effects artists, audio designers, graphic artists, colorists, directors and more.

With CS6, Adobe has not only bookended the post-production process with Prelude and SpeedGrade, but added a truly extensive list of new features to the core products. Continue reading

Tutorial: Adobe Premiere Pro/After Effects Dynamic Linking

A little demonstration of the dynamic linking feature in Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium 5.5, with Premiere Pro and After Effects.

This is a companion tutorial to my review of Premiere Pro 5.5.

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