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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A "Must-Have" Book for Your Collection 1 Dec 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
Efficient and Inspiring 26 Aug 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!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best book on directing ever written 1 Dec 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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The journey continues 1 Dec 2006
By J. Platt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love this book! I'm going to have to buy another one, because I've bent the pages all over in returning to refer to advice again and again. I'm an emerging film-maker, and this book is the secret key that unlocks to door to the skills and steps crucial in directing. It's pragmatic, comprehensive, and applicable. I applied Mark's advice on rehearsals, collaboration, pre-production, and script breakdown to my film and saw immediate deep improvements. The Director's Journey is more than a manual for making great films though, it's a support to the person going through the process. Mark Travis illuminates the psychology, relationships, objectives and pitfalls inherent in this work, and he offers the creative traveler excellent personal guidance.
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It's clear! 1 Dec 2006
By Roman J. Wyden - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've read many books on filmmaking, especially directing. But Mark is one of the few authors that actually was able to talk to me directly. This book has a way to surpass the bull#@!% and talk straight. It shows me how clear directing can be when understood on the level that Mark writes about. I would recommend - and for that matter already have - this book to anyone who's interested in getting down to the core of directing.
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