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Directing Directors on the ‘Right’ Approach to Coaching Actors

Director Mark Travis discusses his experience kibitzing on some acting workshops. I have been directing actors for more than 40 years in theater, film and television. And now, ironically, I teach directors all over the world how to direct actors. I use the Travis Technique, a revolutionary technique that I developed over the past 40 Read MoreRead More

13 Steps to Directing Famous Actors in a Microbudget Film

Dan Mirvish shares 13 tips for microbudget filmmaking from his experience on Between Us. As I wind up my festival and theatrical run of my film Between Us, it’s gratifying to see the amazing reviews for our four-person ensemble cast, with critics using blurb-ready adjectives like “brilliant,” “razor-sharp” and “career-best” to describe the performances of Julia Read MoreRead More

What happened to the Two Shot?

David Boardwell laments the extinction of the two shot from western cinema but provides many examples of it popping up in Asian film. Of course two-shots are still with us, but they usually serve to set up passages of shot/ reverse-shot cutting. The sustained two-shot carrying long stretches of dialogue is increasingly rare in Hollywood Read MoreRead More

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