SOCRATES ON STERIODS: Deconstructing the Interrogation Process

For Film Directors: How to get authenic performances from your actors, quickly, confidently and organically.

THE INTERROGATION PROCESS is a transformational approach for directors to generate true-to-life characters in a flicker of time. The Interrogation Process opens the door for directors and actors to ignite the Character together, turning tension and discomfort into improvisation and adventure. With the Interrogation Process, directors can achieve instantaneous and deeply-felt performances consistently, even on tight schedules and tiny budgets.

SOCRATES ON STEROIDS takes you on a journey through the mind of Mark W. Travis as he interrogates two characters in a scene from Alan Ball’s film, “American Beauty,” covering the 7 aspects of the Interrogation Process:






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TESTIMONIALS ON SOCRATES ON STERIODS: Deconstructing the Interrogation Process

Mark’s Interrogation Process was an eye opener for me as both a writer and director. I found it to be effective for building a relationship with my actors and supporting them in a deeper dive into character. Mark’s notes on my first practice session with live actors was revelatory. It’s my belief that Mark’s Interrogation Process should be a foundational tool for directors at any stage of their career.

—MARK DISPENZA, filmmaker, New Orleans, Louisiana, Cycle Lunaire

The Socrates on Steroids course is an amazing course that gets the actors to completely transform into the character. There’s a reason Mark is called the ‘directors director’ because his techniques are by far more effective than any others I've seen.

—PAUL KING, Director, Producer and Editor, 360 VR Productions, Australia

Mark Travis is a genius teacher. I have had the pleasure of learning the craft of directing from the best teacher I’ve ever met. God bless you Mark Travis.

—SEAN CUNNINGHAM, director/producer, Los Angeles, CA. Friday the 13th

"The ingenious simplicity of the statement that the character already exists and now the main obstacle in his path is the actor, allows us to answer the sacramental question, Who is the source of action? - The character."

—SERGII PEREKREST, director, Kyiv, Ukraine

Mark's course, Socrates on Steroids, has been tremendously helpful to me in teaching directing students to work with actors. Not just because he clarifies crucial concepts for interrogating, and not just because he outlines and explains subtle but essential steps within the process, but also because Mark himself brilliantly exemplifies the best kind of guidance that directors can give to their actors, as he leads by following, and uses his voice to enable the actors to find and free the voices of their characters. My students at FAMU and at Prague Film School have been wildly enthusiastic about Mark's Interrogation technique for working with actors, and Socrates on Steroids is helping me help them improve their skills in using it.

—MARY ANGIOLLILO, FAMU International and Prague Film School, Prague, Czech Republic

I love working with Mark so much that I don't ever want it to end. Mark is like a caring father to those studying with him. I highly recommend every director and screenwriter to go on a learning trip with Mark. It will be deeply rewarding.

—ANNA DITGES, writer/director, Cologne, Germany, I Want You – Meeting Hilde Domin

I took the Socrates on Steroids course online with Mark and I found it to be an amazing course that gets the actors to completely transforme into the character so they can give amazing performances. Mark's technique is unique in the industry and for me there's a reason he is called the ‘directors director’ because his techniques are by far more effective than any others I've seen. I highly recommend this course. Just do it. You won't regret it.

—PAUL KING, Director, Producer and Editor, 360 VR Productions, Australia

Your Instructor


MARK W. TRAVIS 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 of, 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.

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