About the Seminars

Hollywood Film Directing: The Scene, The Actor, The Camera

Want to learn how great directors create award-winning films? Sign up for a directing seminar with Mark W. Travis and Gil Bettman today!

Seminar locations are all over the world -- check back often to see if a seminar is being held near you! Enrollment is limited, giving you plenty of direct access to the teachers and time for your questions. Sign up today to ensure a space in one of the classes!

Day One: Mark W. Travis - "The Scene, The Actor"

Mark teaching at the Hollywood School Ukraine, in Kiev, UkraineDay One of the Travis-Bettman seminar is spent with Mark W. Travis going over key techniques for working with the script, the scene, and the actor.

During the Script Analysis and Scene Breakdown unit of the seminar, go step-by-step through a process that will bring new insights into the material you have written or the material you are about to direct. Next, use the "Travis Technique" to explore the psychology of and relationships between your characters in order to consistently enhance actors' performances during the Directing Actors and Creating Characters unit.

The third unit is all about The Rehearsal Process -- get ready to bring characters to immediate life and simultaneously place those characters within a scene with Mark's unique approach to working with actors. Finally, move on to one of the most powerful tools a director has in his or her arsenal: Staging. Using staging appropriately can bring a scene to life and illuminate subtext and character relationships; misused, and you'll end up hampering the work of your actors.

Click here to view complete syllabus for "The Scene, The Actor"

Day Two: Gil Bettman - "The Camera"

Gil teaching in India.On Day Two of the Travis-Bettman seminar Gil will teach you all the skills you need to direct the camera like a professional.

First, learn When to Move the Camera. The key here is that camera movement must be invisible. It should serve the story without calling attention to itself. Next, learn How To Move the Camera most effectively by systematically fulfilling Five Tasks when designing each moving master shot. Finally, learn how a master of visual design like Zemeckis customizes his application of these Five Tasks to the unique demands of each scene.

In second half of Day Two, Gil will teach you how to enhance drama and heighten action by using different lenses. This is the key to Lensmanship – the technique which Spielberg borrowed from Wells, Kubrick and others to transform the look of today's films.

Once you have grasped Lensmanship you are ready for the final lesson of Day Two -- How to Shoot Action Sequences. Gil will show you how Kathryn Bigelow, John Woo and others ignite the screen by putting the camera in the right place and using the right lenses.

Click here to view complete syllabus for "The Camera"