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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 1 edition (May 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941188434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941188432
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
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Directing Feature Films: The Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers, And Actors by Mark Travis (an experienced director of motion pictures, television programs, and stage shows) is a welcome and thoroughly "user friendly" resource that carefully and informatively guides the reader through the creativity of filmmaking from the initial concept to the finished work on the silver screen. Offering a wealth of advice and insights on everything from dealing with disputes on-set, to using emotional graphs, to improve communication about acting performance, to working closely with consultants, Directing Feature Films is an invaluable and very strongly recommended resource for all active and aspiring filmmakers.
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HASH(0x9c244e94) out of 5 stars A "Must-Have" Book for Your Collection Nov. 30 2006
By Christopher S. Burns - Published on
Format: Paperback
About 12 years ago, my directing partner (who is also my wife) and I attended an incredible, intensive directing workshop. For three days we ate, drank, slept, and lived filmmaking from script analysis to post-production, under the tutelage of a very intimidating instructor - Mark Travis. I say intimidating because this guy was direct, succinct, focused and INTENSE. Not only that, but he was brilliant. His insights, technique, innovations, and even the simple fundamentals were so solid, and straight-forward, there was NO way you could have walked away from the experience without being a better director. If there every was one, Mark Travis is a virtuoso director... a Mozart of actors, stage and celluloid, if you will.

Now, 12 years, 4 films, 19 theatrical productions, and a handful of awards later, we use this book nearly every day. Be it on the set or stage, or just from inspiration and brush-up, this magnificent book encapsulates everything about Mark's talents. He is no primadonna, unwilling to divulge more than a few vaguaries of his techniques, nor does he preach to you about his own successful career and how wonderful he is. What he does do if layout technique, approach, execution and adjustment in a no-nonsense fashion that yields one of the best "How-To" books on directing (not only film but more specifically actors), and achieving the vision of a director, ever written.

If you are looking for a book to keep in your hip-pocket on the set, or something to refer back to for inspiration, ideas, and fixes, then look no further. This is it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c0192a0) out of 5 stars Efficient and Inspiring Aug. 26 2009
By Benjamin Manning - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mark shows the secrets of how to inspire actors well beyond their natural instincts to create the emotional journey so the camera can capture it; and he works so efficiently!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bed1e28) out of 5 stars It's a good book BUT... Oct. 4 2013
By Pennegan - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Too much time is spent analyzing Forrest Gump. Of all the movies that Travis could have chosen to analyze why that one? It gives the book a dated feeling and prevents the information in it from aging gracefully. His other Book "The Film Directors Bag of Tricks" is timeless and has a lot more insightful information not just from Travis but other directors that he interviewed.
HASH(0x9bed1e10) out of 5 stars Nice book that covers all steps in directing a film from script to final edit. April 2 2014
By Forris B. Day - Published on
Format: Paperback
Impressive! That's my one word review of “Directing Feature Films; The Creative Collaboration Between Directors, Writers and Actors” by Mark Travis. Seriously, this incredibly well organized book covers just about every step of the process of making a film. From first interpretation of the script, right up to post-production of the film. It is a smooth flowing read. It moves step by step through the process a director must go through to lead a team in creating a film. Filled with insight, terminology and techniques that any director should become familiar with.

What most struck me about the book was not so much the teachings about the right way to make a movie but more importantly the right way to work with the people on the set. In every chapter Travis talks about, and gives some examples, of the right way to handle the egos and frailties of the cast and crew. This information alone can make a film set far more productive and fun to work on by teaching a director how to understand, respect and offer the leadership everyone needs. Collaboration is a word used throughout the book and I really like that aspect of it. Many directors can benefit from these lessons in people skills.

One of my favorite chapters dealt with the rehearsal process of a film. I have worked on lots of no budget - low budget films and that step is often missed. After reading the chapter I will be more aware, when I have the authority, to schedule rehearsals so that the actors become more at ease with the film they are helping to make. Travis even has an example of a schedule of rehearsals broken down into segments of what will be done on a certain day and how many hours it should take. You would obviously create what works for you but the outline is there.

I recommend reading the book front to back but then use it as a reference for the future. Carry it with you on set, to script readings and even during editing. That way at any point during the production you feel lost or just need a bit of advice you just open up to the section dealing with where you are at in the process. Hint: Get an e-book version for your electronic device of choice, that way no one on set knows your looking up answers!

The book has been in print for nearly twenty years now and updated since. It is a required book used in film schools around the world, so you know the valuable information in this one is going to help your directing career move forward. It is 400 pages of solid information that every director and any filmmaker in general should have on their bookshelf (or e-reader). Become a better director by reading “Directing Feature Films” by Mark Travis.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8691ec) out of 5 stars Best book on directing ever written Nov. 30 2006
By Marty Pasetta - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mark Travis has written what is in my opinion the best book on directing ever published. I've been a working and very sucessful director for 25 years and I can tell you that the insight contained in this book is fantastic.