Seminar Syllabus

Mark W. Travis – "The Scene, The Actor"

THE SCRIPT - THE SCENE

  • WHAT IS A DIRECTOR?
    • Analysis of  the director’s role in filmmaking
  • READING THE SCRIPT
    • Forming a relationship with the Story and the Script
  • SCRIPT BREAKDOWN AND ANALYSIS
    • Viewing the script through the director’s eyes
    • Understanding the mechanics, structure, elements
    • Discerning character arcs, transformations
  • TERMS FOR CHARACTERS (AND ACTORS)
    • The language of film directing when working with actors
  • THE GAP
    • Expectations vs. results, the core of every scene
  • THE ACTOR AND THE CHARACTER
    • The first steps into The Travis Technique of working with actors
    • The difference between directing the actor and directing the character
  • THE REHEARSAL PROCESS
    • Designing a rehearsal process that will be both effective and efficient and give you the results you desire
  • THE NINE BASIC STEPS
    • The guiding principles of directing a feature film from script analysis to final edit
  • SCENE BREAKDOWN AND ANALYSIS
    • Taking one scene that will be used in this seminar and breaking it down into its essential elements in preparation for rehearsal
  • SUBTEXT
    • Understanding and discerning the hidden energy within the characters, within the scene
    • It is the subtext that drives the scene

WORKING WITH ACTORS
(All of this will be demonstrated with professional actors in the seminar)

  • THE INTERROGATION
    • The new role of the director as he learns how to direct the character (and not the actor)
  • SIMULTANEOUS CONVERSATION
    • Rehearsal techniques that empower the characters and allow them to emerge authentically from the actor
  • ANALYSIS OF THE TRAVIS TECHNIQUE
    • We will explore the complexities and power of this unique approach to working with actors
  • STAGING
    • An analysis and demonstration of this power directorial tool that can either enhance the scene or destroy it
  • STAGING THE SCENE
    • The scene we have been analyzing and rehearsing will be staged with professional actors in a step-by-step, trial and error approach so that we can see the power of the tool of staging.