May 26, 2020
16:00 - 17:30
Time zone: Stockholm, GMT+02:00

About the seminar

In the sandbox - The Travis Technique is an exclusive master class for Audiovisual Talks, by and with Mark W. Travis, live from Los Angeles. The seminar includes one hour of lecture, and at the end of the seminar the audience will be given the opportunity to interactively ask questions.

The seminar is held in English and is targeted to directors, actors and screenwriters.


In the Sandbox - The Travis Technique

The Travis Technique, developed by director Mark W. Travis, is a transformational approach to Story, Characters and Scene. For directors it offers a way to go beyond traditional directing and venture into inspired and impactful collaboration with the characters. Writers learn to engage with their characters up-close, live and in person. And actors get to step back and allow their characters to fully emerge from within. In this webinar Mark Travis will cover the following topics:

The Four Elements of a Screenplay and the Missing Fifth

  • Character Creation and Development
  • The Untapped Power of Actors
  • When Directors Need to Stop Directing
  • The Complex Actor-Director Relationship
  • What Writers and Actors Have in Common
  • The Ups and Downs of Creative Control
  • The Actor’s Plan versus the Character’s Plan
  • The Genesis of The Travis Technique
  • The Committee
  • Directing the Character – Not the Actor
  • The Sandbox












Mark is regarded by Hollywood and independent film professionals internationally as the world’s leading teacher and consultant on the art and craft of film directing. Known as “the director’s director,” Mark is in high demand on film projects worldwide for his insightful coaching and collaboration with directors, actors and writers.

Winner of over 30 directing awards in TV and theater, Mark Travis developed The Travis Technique, an innovative approach to directing that elicits authentic and deeply- felt performances from actors and storytellers of every genre. His workshops, master classes and mentoring/consulting services cover all stages of filmmaking from pre- production to production and post-production.

Mark Travis has impacted filmmakers worldwide. He has served on the faculty of the University of Television and Film in Munich, Germany (HFF); The Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and the Asia Pacific Screen Lab, hosted by Griffith Film School in Brisbane, Australia.

Mark Travis has taught at many internationally acclaimed film schools and institutions, including Pixar University, American Film Institute, UCLA Film School, FAS Screen Training Ireland, NISS - Nordisk Institutt for Scene og Studio (Norway), Odessa International Film Festival (Ukraine), CILECT - The International Association of Film and Television Schools, and the Asia Pacific Screen Lab (hosted by Griffith University Film School, Brisbane, Australia).

Member of the Directors Guild of America, Mark Travis has presented master classes on The Travis Technique at Directors Guilds worldwide: USA (Los Angeles), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Germany (Munich), Australia (Brisbane) and New Zealand (Auckland).

He is the author of two books: "Directing Feature Films: The Creative Collaboration between Directors, Writers and Actors" and "The Film Director's bag of tricks : Get What You Want from Writers and Actors."