Directing Actors – The Travis Technique

The director-centric Travis Technique is a transformational approach to cinematic storytelling. The Travis Technique offers you innovative ways of working with actors to elicit instantaneous and authentic performances that translate brilliantly onto the screen. The Travis Technique will embolden you in the art of fearless storytelling and creating powerful, imaginative, character-driven films.

The Interrogation Process

Often the Director/Actor relationship is hampered by the discomfort and tension of result directing. The Interrogation Process opens the door for actors and directors to ignite the Character together, turning tension and discomfort into curiosity and adventure. With the Interrogation Process, directors can achieve instantaneous and deeply-felt performances consistently, even on tight schedules and tiny budgets.

The Interrogation Process is about how to get the performance you want without ever asking for the performance you want; it’s about how to get the performance you want even if you don’t know what performance you want, and then getting floored by a performance beyond your wildest dreams.

The Power of Staging

One of the most overlooked aspects in making your film is staging the scenes. And in staging, the best kept secret is how to inject energy, tension, power and magic into each and every scene, moment to moment. Mark Travis will demonstrate the crucial macro and micro elements of staging that you’ve never thought of before and didn’t know were needed, but are paramount to keeping your audience on the edge of their seats.

“Mark’s way of working with actors and his wisdom about the process of directing is extraordinary. His Interrogation Process has given me the foundation I need for my own work with actors. I have learned more in Mark’s workshops than in all my years of experience as an assistant director.” – Annette Ernst, director, writer, producer
Mark W. Travis
Acclaimed as „the director’s director“, Mark W. Travis is regarded by many Hollywood and International professionals to be one of the world’s leading authorities in the art and craft of film directing. His books, THE DIRECTOR’S JOURNEY and DIRECTING FEATURE FILMS have become best-sellers nationally and internationally. He consults on feature films ranging from Studio productions (MGM, Twentieth Century Fox) to Independent Features and teaches at the American Film Institute, UCLA, The Binger Institute Amsterdam, Pixar University, FAS Screen Training Ireland, HSU Kiev and Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München among others.