The Director’s Journey

The Director’s Journey

An intensive three-day seminar on the art and craft of film directing.

The Director’s Journey covers the entire process of directing a feature film from script to screen, from concept to completion. This intensive 24-hour seminar is a discussion; demonstration and analysis of every creative step the film director must take in the realization of a film.

Based on Mark W. Travis’ best-selling books, The Director’s Journey; the Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers and Actors, and Directing Feature Films this most popular seminar has been taught world wide.

Directing a film is a complex network of creative collaborations. There are hundreds of artists who are involved in the creation and completion of the film and they are all lead by the singular vision of the director. How the director communicates, inspires, challenges and supports each artist will determine the quality and integrity of the final product.

During the 24-hour seminar, a feature script is used as a model so that each student can analyze, prepare and communicate his/her vision of the film. Model scripts used in the past include: As Good As It Gets, When Harry Met Sally…, Notting Hill, Ordinary People, Chinatown, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Garden State and Shakespeare In Love. Concurrently, portions of the feature film are viewed, analyzed and deconstructed giving each student an intimate insight into the art and craft of its director.

Topics and areas covered in The Director’s Journey include:

  • Script Analysis
  • Working with the Writer
  • Forming The Creative Team
  • The Casting Process
  • The Actor/Director Relationship
  • The Rehearsal Process
  • Visualizing your Story
  • Working with the Cinematographer
  • The Production Process
  • Post-Production

Number of Students: As many as you like (usually 50-60)

Number of Days: 3 (8 hour days)

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