Biography

Authentic performances cannot be directed or acted.  They must emerge from the real emotions of the characters.  The Travis Technique is a practical psychological approach to the creation and development of characters that guarantees authenticity in all aspects of storytelling and filmmaking.

Mark W. Travis, acclaimed director, directorial consultant, and creator of The Travis Technique

Mark W. Travis is The Directors Director

30 Directing Awards, 60+ Productions in TV, Film and Theater, and 50+ Film Schools


Mark Travis is regarded by Hollywood’s top brass and international film professionals as the world’s leading authority on the art and craft of film directing.  All of his techniques stem from the pursuit of organic authentic performances that are deeply felt by audiences.He is currently on the faculty of HFF (Munich), HSU (Kiev) and has taught at AFI, UCLA, The Binger Institute (Amsterdam), PU (Pixar University), FAS Screen Training Ireland and many other internationally acclaimed institutions and film schools.  He has served as directorial and creative consultant to Mark Rydell, George Tillman, Cyrus Nowrasteh, and dozens of Independent filmmakers in Hollywood and internationally.  He is respected and recommended by top actors such as Beau Bridges, Henry Winkler and Bill Pullman.

Directing Film / TV / Theater

Productions directed by Mark W. Travis have garnered a total of 30 awards including:  an Emmy, Drama-Logue, L.A. Weekly, Drama Critics’ Circle, A.D.A, Ovation awards.  His film and television directing credits are equally impressive including: The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Capitol, Hillers, the Emmy Award-winning PBS dramatic special, Blind Tom: The Thomas Bethune StoryGoing Under, for Warner Bros. starring Bill Pullman and Ned Beatty, the documentary, Earlet; and The Baritones.  On-stage, over the past 20 years, Mark has directed over 60 theatre productions in Los Angeles and New York.

 

Productions include:

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Undressing New Jersey
  • Faithful
  • Once A Man Twice A Boy
  • Time Flies When You’re Alive
  • Insomnia
  • The Lion in Winter

View a full list of Mark’s credits.


The Travis Technique

Acting is too often just pretending. And most directing is demanding and controlling and result oriented.  And consequently the final product suffers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When you use The Travis Techniqueyou can achieve instantaneous and authentic performances from actors that are deeply felt by audiences.  The Travis Technique is an organic approach to directing actors that is guaranteed to create authentic characters and performances by shifting the focus from directing the actor to directing the character.

Mark Travis first created his techniques out of the necessity to generate the most authentic performances within actors under a tight schedule and often an even tighter budget.  In the last 20-years the Travis Technique has grown and is now used by some of the best directors, actors and writers in Hollywood and the international film market. Mark has taught The Travis Technique to students all over the world in over 50 film schools.

When actors, directors and writers use the Travis Technique, it’s not just a performance anymore.  It becomes REAL!   The Travis Technique creates organic authenticity in every performance and under all circumstances. This translates immediately onto the screen and gains enormous attention for the director, actor, and writer.

Recommended by Hollywood’s top brass: Mark Rydell, Art Seidelman, Randal Kleiser, George Tillman, Asaad Kelada, Jan Eliasberg, John Badham and other A-listers. For over 20-years Mark Travis has been sharing his award-winning techniques on writing, acting and directing worldwide.


A Wealth of Teaching Experience

Mark has taught at over 50 film institutes nationally and internationally including: The Directors Guild, American Film Institute, Pixar Animation Studios, UCLA Extension, Hollywood Film Institute and The Cannes Film Festival.  Utilizing his Travis Technique (and other renowned methods), Mark has developed a wide range of seminars and workshops that has literally jumpstarted successful film careers in the US as well as overseas.

He is currently on the faculty of HFF (Munich), HSU (Kiev) and has taught at AFI, UCLA, The Binger Institute (Amsterdam), PU (Pixar University), FAS Screen Training Ireland and many other internationally acclaimed institutions and film schools.  He continually teaches workshop and seminars to sold-out audiences.

Directorial & Script Consulting

As a consultant on feature films ranging from studio productions (MGM, Twentieth Century Fox) to independent features, Mark is constantly in demand by directors, writers and producers.

Mark has served as a directorial and script consultant on several feature films including: Men of Honor; Barbershop; Barbershop 2; The Day Reagan Was Shot; Norma Jean, Jack and Me; The Last Run; Tournament of Dreams, Del Rio, Black Irish, The Stoning of Soraya M., Notorius and television episodes of Lois and Clark; The Pretender; Picket Fences, 90210, Melrose Place; Strong Medicine; NYPD Blue; The PracticeAlly MacBeal, Hillers and many more.

Author of Bestselling Books

Mark is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book The Director’s Journey now in its second edition and titled Directing Feature Films: the Creative Collaboration Between Writers, Directors and Actors. In its ninth edition and translated into Japanese, German and French, this book is required reading at prestigious film schools worldwide.

In September of 2011 Mark released his latest book The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks:  How to Get What you Want from Actors and Writers to a wave of positive press.


Blog

Mark writes a popular blog for directors, actors, and writers on The Wrap (TheWrap.com)  that has received a wave of positive reviews. Click here to read Mark’s Blogs on The Wrap.


Screenplays

Mark’s screenwriting credits include: The Baritones (produced in 2001); Jeremy and the Aunties (currently under option in Germany); and Just A Rumor. Current projects in development are: HausFrauThe Ride, and Siblings.


Education

Mark completed his B.F.A. in Theater at Antioch College and performed his graduate studies in the M.F.A Directing Program at The Yale School of Drama.


Mark W. Travis is available for private consultation on feature films at any stage of production nationally and internationally.  To book a complimentary consultation or to discuss his acclaimed workshops, email markwtravis@gmail.com  or call +1 818-679-7077