The Travis Technique with Mark W. Travis
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Working with actors can be the most difficult and demanding part of any director’s job. But it doesn’t have to be.
Come join internationally acclaimed master director and teacher, Mark W. Travis as he demonstrates his revolutionary way of working with actors that consistently generates powerful and authentic performances. His new book, The Film Director's Bag of Tricks: Get What You Want from Writers and Actors finally reveals the secret techniques, inner workings, and most powerful short cuts to directing actors and writers in theatre, television, and film. This is the one book you need to be a great director.
Based on the concept of “stop directing the actors, start directing the characters” the Travis Technique is rapidly becoming a new standard for directors, actors and writers worldwide.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see and hear one of Hollywood’s master directors create magic with actors in this special book-signing / demonstration at The Writers Store.
Mark W. Travis has been directing theater, film and television for the past 30 years. A passionate believer that the power of the story resides in the authenticity of the characters, Travis has constantly been exploring and developing new techniques for directors and actors to assist in their pursuit of powerful, dimensional and genuine characters.
What has evolved is the Travis Technique. A revolutionary and daring approach to the director/actor relationship whereby they both abandon the goal of creating a character and embrace the notion that the character is already existing, fully formed, inside the actor and just needs to be let out.
Travis has been teaching this technique worldwide for the past fifteen years primarily in Europe, Asia, South America and now extensively in the USA.
The core concept of the Travis Technique is “stop directing the actor, start directing the character”. Engage with the character and let the character emerge. Allow the thinking and planning of the actor to step aside giving room for the character to breath on its own. As simple as the concept is, the execution of this technique is difficult and demanding. But the results are astounding, enlightening and empowering.
Mark Travis says of his Technique: “There is a point in the actors process of developing and becoming the character where the actors best intentions and extensive training and knowledge will actually inhibit the emergence of the character. In order for the actor to fully embody the character, he has to relieve himself of any responsibility, relinquish any concrete plans and allow the character to function on his own.”
- Date available: 11/02/2011
- Publication date: 11/02/2011
- Return policy: 30 days
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Meet the Author: Mark Travis
Mark is one of the best-known and most respected teachers of film directing in the world. Drawing from his impressive background in writing, acting and directing in theatre, film and television, Mark brings new insights and clarity to the complex task of directing a feature film. Mark is the author of the best-seller DIRECTING FEATURE FILMS: the Creative Collaboration Between Writers, Directors and Actors.