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Directing Scenes of Sex and Intimacy: A one hour masterclass with Mark W. Travis


The biggest challenge in directing scenes of sex and intimacy is building an environment of safety and trust for all involved. Actors need to feel safe to allow themselves to meld with their characters. Characters need to feel safe to express their desires, cravings, compulsions, contradictions and fears. The director is instrumental for creating this environment of safety and trust, so that the characters can flourish and the scene comes alive on its own.

In this master class Mark Travis will demonstrate how to work with actors to create the atmosphere and environment conducive for the organic unfolding of intimacy by…

  • Building the history within each character
  • Building the history between the characters
  • Probing the fears and desires for intimacy
  • Establishing the logic of emotion and behaviour
  • Protecting and/or relinquishing the sanctity of personal space
  • Choreographing the scene for collaboration and safety
  • Designing organised chaos

This is a stand alone one-hour specialised masterclass, but to get the most from it consider attending the One-Day Travis Technique Master Class on Sunday, August 12 at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

6:00 – 7:00pm: Talk. After the Talk, stay and have pizza on Script to Screen, there will be a cash bar & socialising with fellow filmmakers.

$5 Koha appreciated. Please bring cash with you as we don’t have eftpos. Your contribution helps us to continue doing these TALKS.

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Script to Screen TALKS are made possible thanks to generous support from NZ Film Commission, Foundation North, Images & Sound – Complete Post Production and White Studios.

Thank you to Auckland Council for their on going support.

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