Film Director's Bag Of Tricks

Film Director's Bag Of Tricks

by Mark W. Travis

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Overview

Here, for the first time, author Mark Travis finally reveals the secret techniques, inner workings, and most powerful short cuts to directing actors and writers in theatre, television, and film, This is the one book you need to be a great director.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615930562
Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication vii

Acknowledgments xvi

How To Use This Book xviii

Foreword Mark Rydell xx

Introduction Mark W. Travis xxi

Chapter 1 The Alchemist and The Story and The Writer 1

Trick: Expressing Enthusiasm 2

Trick: The Hidden Story 4

The Story 5

Socratic Questioning 7

Pulling Back the Curtain 10

Trick: The Hidden Subtext 10

The Larger Picture 12

Trick: Reframing The Picture 13

Subtext: The Sorcerer's Apprentice 15

Trick: Reading The Science Out Loud 15

Trick: The Director and Writer Reading 17

Trick: When the Actors Read It I Heard Something New 18

Cutting a Scene, Character, or Event 20

Trick: Microsurgery 21

Step 1 Praise 21

Step 2 More Praise 22

Step 3 The Invitation 22

Step 4 The Kill 23

Step 5 The Kill 23

Trick: Claiming Insanity as a Means to an End 24

Responding to Rewrites 26

The Script Is Never Finished 26

Trick: 2+1+1 27

Raising Children 29

Chapter 2 The Alchemist Hires Some Assistants 33

The Casting Process 33

Relationships 34

Trick: Instant Relationship 34

The First Meeting 34

Humble Director 35

Setting the Stage: Creating the 'Safe Zone' 35

Boundaries 36

Freedom 36

Speed Dating 37

The Character of the Actor 38

Trick: Change the Environment 38

Trick: A Walk in the Park 39

Chapter 3 The Alchemist in Rehearsal 43

1 Why Do We Go to the Movies? 43

2 Where Does the Story Live? 43

3 What Is the Most Important Directorial Skill? 44

The First Reading 44

Trick: The Confidence Con 45

The First Reading of the Script 46

Trick: Erase Expectations 46

Trick: Gratitude and Praise 47

No Criticism 47

The Actor's Job 48

First Rehearsal 49

Peripheral Vision 49

Point of Concentration (POC) 50

Pause and Clip 51

Comfort and Conflict 51

Trick: Pause 51

Trick: Clip 52

The Release 53

Activities: Independent, Dependent, and Continuums 53

Trick: Break the Continuum 54

Staging Tricks During Rehearsal 59

Staging for Rehearsal vs. Staging for Performance 59

Trick: Change the Seatig Arrangement 60

1 Back to Back 60

2 One Behind the Other 60

3 One Direct, One Profile 61

4 Move an Actor, Read Again 61

Trick: Changes in Space 62

Obstacles and Staging 63

The World of Subtext 64

Definition of Subtext 64

Trick: Subtext Interjection 68

Phase 1 The Line After 68

Phase 2 New Subtext Lines 73

Phase 3 Actor's Choice 73

Phase 4 No Subtext Interjection 74

Trick: Simultaneous Monologues 74

Variations on Simultaneous Monologues 75

Monologue Topics 75

Directorial Input 76

Other Subtext Tricks 76

Trick: Text VS. Subtext 77

Trick: Subtext Before Text 77

Trick: Switch 77

Trick: The Touch 77

Trick: Continuous Subtext 78

Subtext Wrap Up 79

Staging the Scene Tricks 79

The Power of Staging 80

Restaging: An Example 80

Trick: Change the Environment (Physical) 82

Trick: Adding and Subtracting Characters 87

Trick: Using Objects and Props 88

The Purse 89

The Pen 89

The Handkerchief 90

Trick: Eye Contact 90

Chapter 4 The Alchemist and the Actors in Production 93

Phase of Production 93

Rehearsal for the Crew 94

Trick: Holding the Reins 94

Rehearsal with the Actors 95

From Crew Rehearsal to Crew Ready 95

The Actor in Production 96

Make-up Room Rehearsal 96

Trick: Character Preparation 97

Trick: The Walk to the Set 200

Final Rehearsal 101

POC for shooting 101

Adjustments 101

Result Directing 101

Trick: The Last Conversation 102

Trick: The Pep Talk 103

Trick: New Objective 103

Stakes and Risks 104

Changes of Rhythm 108

Trick: Consideration 109

Trick: Repetition 109

Trick: One Word 109

Trick: Off-Camera Actor: The Subtext Blast 110

It's A Wrap 115

Chapter 5 Words Of Wisdom From Some Wonderful Wizards 117

director Arthur Seidelman 117

director Gordon Hunt 130

director Mark Rydell 143

director John Badham 154

director Will Mackenzie 164

director Jan Eliasberg 170

In Conclusion 187

About the Author 189

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