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Mark W. Travis is internationally acclaimed as “The Director’s Director”

Creator of the revolutionary Travis Technique, Mark Travis teaches directors how to direct the character, not the actor in order to create instantaneous authentic performances that translate brilliantly onto the screen under any schedule and on any budget.

Winner of 30 directorial awards and having directed over sixty 60 productions, Mark Travis has taught his award-winning techniques for the last 20 years in over 50 prestigious film schools and institutions internationally.  He has presented his world renowned Travis Technique and other revolutionary sold-out seminars that focus on all stages of preparation, pre-production, production and post-production.

He is also a highly regarded directorial and script consultant for such A-list notables as, Mark Rydell, Art Seidelman, Randal Kleiser, George Tillman, Asaad Kelada, Jan Eliasberg, John Badham, Cyrus Nowrasteh and many more.

Mark has been featured in/on many major news outlets including: Screenwriter Magazine, MovieMaker Magazine, DGA News, Los Angeles Times, Back Stage West, Drama-Logue, Stage and Screen, Scr(I)pt Magazine and moreHe also writes a popular blog on TheWrap.com.

Below you’ll find Mark Travis’:

  • General Press Release
  • One Sheet
  • Talking Points
  • Suggested Media Segments, News Angles, and Feature Stories
  • Downloadable Press Images

Booking Contact Information:

Mark is a powerful and entertaining interview and speaker.  He is available for interviews, appearances, panels, workshops, and consulting across the US and internationally.

He understands tight deadlines and will get back to your media request immediately.

Please send media inquiries to: markwtravis@gmail.com or call him at: +1 818 679 7077


General Press Release

The Revolutionary TRAVIS TECHNIQUE Teaches Directors
How to Achieve Instant Authentic Performances from Actors
Under the Tightest Schedule and Budget!

All directors, actors, and writers want one thing:  to deliver mind-blowing performances to audiences.  The Travis Technique does exactly that.  Mark W. Travis teaches his authoritative Travis Technique to internationally acclaimed directors, writers, and actors to get performances that are authentic every time.

Winner of 30 directorial awards and with over 60 productions under his belt, author of the LA Times bestseller The Director’s Journey, Mark W. Travis unlocks the secrets to truly authentic performances even under inevitable on-set chaos.  He has served as directorial and creative consultant to Mark Rydell, George Tillman, Cyrus Nowrasteh, and dozens of Independent filmmakers in Hollywood and internationally, and he is respected by top actors such as Beau Bridges, Henry Winkler, Jennie Garth and Bill Pullman.

I have admired Mark Travis’ work with actors for many years.

Beau Bridges, Golden Globe & Emmy Award-Winning Actor

Whether you’re a seasoned industry pro or just beginning your career, you can learn and use The Travis Technique. This organic approach to directing actors has revolutionized the production process by shifting the focus to directing the character, not the actor.

With astonishing clarity Mark Travis articulates the techniques and skills of film directing.

John Badham, Director, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

The Travis Technique will get directors, actors, and writers:

  • Brilliant rewrites even under pressure
  • Riveting authentic performances, even from non-actors
  • Delivery on time and under budget
  • Every shot they need for post-production
  • Remedies for weak scripts and inexperienced scene partners
  • Riveting subtext
  • Noticed and hired again
  • And much more

The Travis Technique is something that every director, writer, and actor must experience.

Mark W. Travis first created The Travis Technique out of necessity to get the most authentic performance out of actors under a tight schedule and a tiny budget.  In the last 20 years, it has grown and is now being used by some of the best in Hollywood and the international film market. And Mark continues to teach his Travis Technique to students all over the world in over 50 film schools.

Mark said the things I always wanted to hear as an actor.

Jennie Garth, Actress-Producer-Director, BEVERLY HILLS 90210

Mark W. Travis is available for interviews and media appearances in the US and internationally.

Please send media inquiries to: markwtravis@gmail.com or call him at: +1 818 679 7077


The Travis Technique One Sheet

30-Time Award-Winning Director Introduces his Signature Directing Method: The Travis Technique.

It’s time for actors to stop acting and directors to stop directing.

Because acting is pretending.
And directing is demanding and controlling.

The Travis Technique is an organic approach to directing actors that is guaranteed to create authentic characters and performances by shifting the focus to directing the character, not the actor.

When you use The Travis Technique you can achieve instantaneous authentic performances from actors that are deeply felt by audiences.

When actors, directors and writers use the Travis Technique, it’s not just a performance anymore.  It’s REAL!   The Travis Technique creates organic authenticity in every performance and under all circumstances, which translates onto the screen and gets you noticed as a director, actor, and writer.

It is also instrumental for writers to create compelling and memorable characters and for actors to blow away casting directors with gripping authentic performances!

Mark Travis first created his acclaimed Travis Technique out of necessity to get the most authentic performance out of actors under a tight schedule and a tiny budget.  In the last 20-years it has grown to be used by some of the best in Hollywood and the international film scene.

Mark has had the pleasure of teaching his Travis Technique to students all over the world in over 50 film schools including: The Directors Guild, American Film Institute, Pixar Animation Studios, UCLA Extension, Hollywood Film School, The Cannes Film Festival and more.  His acclaimed technique has revolutionized the way directors work with actors, how writers create characters, and how actors do their character work.

The Travis Technique gives directors, actors, and writers:

  • Authentic and award winning performances from actors (and non-actors)
  • A more effective and efficient casting process and rehearsal schedule
  • A variety and full range of dynamic takes that you will need in post production
  • An invisible way to effortlessly manage actors’ personalities and moods
  • Brilliant rewrites from screenwriters even under pressure
  • Fully fleshed out dramatic characters that become unique and authentic
  • And more…

 Talking Points, Suggested Media Segments, News Angles, and Feature Stories

  • When is the right time to bring in a script or a directorial consultant?
  • What should writers, directors, and actors look for in a creative consultant?
  • What are the top ten fatal mistakes that writers, actors, and directors make?
  • What do you mean when you say to “stop acting” and directors to “stop directing”? 
  • How can actors and directors remedy a weak script?
  • How does the Travis Technique ensure directors get a brilliant rewrite from their writers?
  • How does The Travis Technique create instant authentic performances? 
  • What makes a performance from an actor authentic? 
  • How did you first develop The Travis Technique?
  • Who has used it? 
  • How does this technique get authentic performances from non-actors? 
  • The most common but deadly mistakes first-time screenwriters make with their scripts? 
  • How classic story structure helps give a story power and resonance

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