Praise for Travis-Bettman Seminars

Mark W. Travis

"With 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.”
-- John Badham, Director, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, WAR GAMES, BLUE THUNDER

"Mark Travis is the only practical teacher of directing I've ever met—and simply the best. I learned more from him than I did in four years of film school!"
-- Cyrus Nowrasteh, Writer/Director, THE STONING OF SORAYA M.

"I was immediately able to apply the principles learned in his class when I began to direct!"
-- Jonathan Pontell, Co-Executive Producer/Director, ALLY MCBEAL, CHICAGO HOPE

"Mark said the things I always wanted to hear as an actress, and taught me things I needed to know to be a director."
-- Jennie Garth, Actress-Producer-Director, BEVERLY HILLS 90210

Gil Bettman

"Gil Bettman has lucidly set down the ABCs of directing so that dedicated students can learn exactly what will be required of them when they step onto a set. I wish somebody had handed me this book the day I got out of USC." -- Robert Zemeckis, Director, CAST AWAY, FORREST GUMP, BACK TO THE FUTURE I, II, and III

“Gil Bettman's insights on how to shoot with a moving camera helped me hone my craft as a director. He has an ultra-modern approach on how to weave and integrate dynamic camera motion into a narrative— an approach which certainly found its way into The Fourth Kind.” -- Olatunde Osunsanmi, Director, THE FOURTH KIND, WITHIN

"Gil Bettman's lessons on the importance of moving camera play a part in my direction on shows such as The Real World and Making The Band. As a producer, I pass on Gil's techniques to my directorial teams to ensure we have camera movement that provides the dramatic intensity associated with documentary television."
-- Matthew Ruecker, Producer, RETURN TO DUTY, THE REAL WORLD

"As a professional cinematographer, I love moving the camera. When I began to direct I turned to Gil Bettman. His guidance and teaching has taught me the importance of moving the camera to convey emotion and to help tell the story, rather than move to make a cool shot. When I directed Starkweather, I often found myself referring to Mr. Bettman's teachings." -- Byron Werner, Cinematographer/ Director, STARKWEATHER

"Gil Bettman's insights on how to shoot with a moving camera helped me master my craft as a director. When I was doing my homework and designing my shots for Living the Dream and Embarque Imediato I often found myself referring the "The Five Tasks of a Good Moving Master" approach which Gil teaches." -- Allan Fiterman, Cinematographer/ Director, LIVING THE DREAM, EMBARQUE IMEDIATO