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Book Review: The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks – Get What You Want From Writers and Actors

September 15, 2011

Released September 2011

Page count: 230 pages

Size: 6” x 9”

The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks: Get What You Want From Writers and Actors

Mark W. Travis

Published By Michael Wiese Publications


The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks Review By Erin V.

Author of The Director’s Journey [1999], and Directing Feature Films [2004], Mark W. Travis again gets the working relationships between directors, writers, and actors right.  It’s a collaborative business, so knowing how to work together and respect each others work is essential and these tips just make it a whole lot easier.

These are ways to help directors, writers, and actors to communicate their needs better.  Writers should read it, actors should read it, but most of all, directors have to read this one.  It’s not about tricking everyone to do what you want, but about finding the tools needed to make the film everyone can be proud of.

The information here is told with a wonderful perspective (actually making for an engaging read), and to top it all off, in the last chapter we get six interviews with other directors, each telling their own perspective on the art of directing.  This is one that will be picked up for reference again and again.


To find out more about The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks, or other books, visit MWP’s website here.  

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2011 4:00 pm

    Erin, thanks so much for the glowing review (and for having read my other books, that means a lot.)

    It is truly my wish that “Bag of Tricks” will affect the way that writers, directors and actors work with each other. We are all at the core of a very powerful tool of storytelling and communicating with the world and we need to embrace these opportunities with responsibility and humility and that begins with how we treat our fellow artists.

    Thanks again for your support. And please subscribe to my blog at



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