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.”
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.
Translations available in French, German, Japanese and Nepalese.
Table of Contents
- THE DIRECTOR AND THE SCRIPT
- TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
- WORKING WITH WRITERS
- THE SCRIPT BREAKDOWN
- THE CREATIVE TEAM
- THE CASTING PROCESS
- THE REHEARSAL PROCESS
- RECONSIDERATIONS AND RECAPITULATIONS
- NO MORE ACTING, NO MORE DIRECTING
- THE ULTIMATE COLLABORATION: DIRECTORS WITH DIRECTORS
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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