Directing Feature Films

Mark Travis is regaled by Hollywood’s top brass and international film professionals to be the world’s leading authority on the art and craft of film directing

Directing Feature Films

The Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers, and Actors

Learn how to read a script, find its core, determine your vision, communicate with writers, actors, designers, cinematographers, editors, composers, and all the members of your creative team in order to ensure that your vision reaches the screen.

“A comprehensive and inspired examination of craft. A must-read for any serious professional.”

Mark Rydell

Director, On Golden Pond, James Dean

The director is the guide, the inspiration, the focus that can shepherd hundreds of artists through the most chaotic, complex collaboration imaginable. But how does one person draw all these individuals together to realize a single vision?

Directing Feature Films takes you through the entire creative process of filmmaking – from concept to completion. You will learn how to really read a script, find its core, determine your vision, and effectively communicate with writers, actors, designers, cinematographers, editors, composers, and all the members of your creative team to ensure that vision reaches the screen.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

  1. THE DIRECTOR AND THE SCRIPT
  2. TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  3. WORKING WITH WRITERS
  4. THE SCRIPT BREAKDOWN
  5. THE CREATIVE TEAM
  6. THE CASTING PROCESS
  7. THE REHEARSAL PROCESS
  8. PRODUCTION
  9. POSTPRODUCTION
  10. RECONSIDERATIONS AND RECAPITULATIONS
  11. NO MORE ACTING, NO MORE DIRECTING
  12. THE ULTIMATE COLLABORATION: DIRECTORS WITH DIRECTORS

APPENDIX
ABOUT MARK TRAVIS

This edition of the best-selling The Director’s Journey contains new material on all aspects of filmmaking, taking the reader even deeper into the process.

Testimonials

“It’s rare to find a reference guide that has as its primary focus the director as creative artist and visionary. For the experienced director, Directing Feature Films / The Director’s Journey is an invaluable reminder of why the journey was first undertaken; for the beginning director it is a compass that will hopefully set the course for the rewarding explorations to follow.”

Asaad Kelada

Director, Who’s the Boss?, Family Ties

“Writers and actors will weep with relief that this book was written. Mark Travis has written more than a practical guide; he has evolved an enlightened, egoless, and effective approach based on communication and the drive to create the most authentic, powerful work.”

Judith Claire

Entertainment Career Counselor

“With an astonishing clarity Mark Travis articulates the techniques and skills of film directing. Not only does the beginning student find invaluable guidance on all stages of the directing process, but the experienced director will learn rational explanations for many of the things he may have only been doing intuitively.”

John Badham

Director, Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Blue Thunder

Locations

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Noordwijk, Netherlands

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