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Friendly Enemies: Maximising the Director-Actor Relationship Paperback – 1 Jan 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823079449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823079445
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,143,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book to anyone interested in story telling. This book is unpretentious, honest, and extremely helpful. In fact, this book should be compulsive reading for actors, writers, directors, or anyone interested in understanding the process of acting and story telling. This book is the complete package for a film director who desires to improve their communication with actors and inspire honest, truthful and organic performances; that is needed far above anything else, like deciding shot size or what throw a certain light has. Yes, all aspects are important, but without good performances, the story isn't going to reveal nuance of relationships and uncover originality and it won't communicate with an audience. There is no book that I have read on film making, not just about acting or directing, that reveals vital details so well explained and that are so important to grasp. This lady is one of those few people who are willing to share swathes of their knowledge, in their quest to equip people of lesser experience. It is a selfless act and anyone wanting to know more than they know or even think they know, they should embrace it with open arms. You will not be disappointed. You will be a better story teller for it.
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It is very nice guide for amateur film Directors like myself in understanding our actors better and direct them in a better way. Easy language and useful tips. Used it for my presentation at university too.
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An amazing book, highly recommendable!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90d86d8c) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x90f157ec) out of 5 stars Director's Direction 11 Sept. 2003
By Cliff Gravel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
May the Gods of the Arts bless Prof. Salvi for writing a guide that is not bogged down in esoteric theory. Practical, concise, comprehensive. A definitive road map for stage or screen directors, with value to actors and writers too. The most useful book on the topic that I have read in years.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f15840) out of 5 stars A Must-Have! 23 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a terrific book! It's a fun read filled with great tips and tools. Anybody who is interested in the performing arts will get a kick out of it, not just actors and directors.
Delia Salvi explains exactly how to diagnose and fix a flat scene. She explains specifically how to work with all different kinds of actors and help them give their best performance. She is very passionate about her work and it shows in her writing. I feel having this book is like having a Hollywood professional as my own personal mentor.
Also, just as it helps directors to understand the acting process, (which she explains) it also helps actors to grasp the directing process. She makes it all easy to understand and apply.
But, I'd say my favorite part of the book is the interviews with working actors and directors. It's really worth it just to read her interviews with Geena Davis and Alexander Payne. They tell you all about how it works in the real world of Hollywood. Very eye-opening. And I'd say that section made me a better actor.
HASH(0x912b4100) out of 5 stars Amazing in Theory And Practice - Even Outside Acting 17 Sept. 2011
By Johanna Mead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Long story short, I cannot claim the mantle of high-flown director, but what I am is a "game master" of live-action role-playing games - and when the players really get into it, we're about two steps away from actors.

As a "GM" of 20 years, I found myself frustrated and annoyed. I wasn't getting what I wanted from my players.

I read this book.

Lightening hit me.

I was being horribly stupid in my way (gamers are NOT actors - well, some of them are, but not most) and it was unfair of me to expect an actor-like performance from them. More to the point, I had to quit writing plots for actor-quality players and accept that local, enthusiastic, amateur talent is what I have. (Ding!)

BUT, this book helped me understand that issues even amateur actors/players have and how to address them as the de-facto director of the group. There are always players in the troupe who want to experiment and learn how to be better players, even in our "silly little" games. Reading this book has helped me learn how better to guide them without alienating them (I used to be the 'get drunk and shout at them' director - go figure, the troupe failed very quickly)

I must admit that it disappoints me that the book is so costly to buy (I read a copy from my local library) but I have taken my notes and look forward to cornering - um, I mean "informing" - my fellow GM/directors, soon.
HASH(0x90f15ac8) out of 5 stars Enthusiastically Recommend 29 July 2003
By Martin Landau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Friendly Enemies" is so full of valuable information and illuminating insights that everyone, even people who are not in theater and film, will benefit from what is offered here by Delia Salvi.
It is a new, and much needed, deeply probing investigation covering every conceivable variation and possibility which might, could, or has occurred within the intricate and complicated working relationships between directors and actors. There is no other book like it. It is a welcome addition and learning tool for those just starting out, as well as old-timers like me. It is really a primer on how to get along with others, while getting the most out of yourself.
I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who can read!
Martin Landau
HASH(0x90f15c48) out of 5 stars Great book for understanding the actor director dynamic 7 Nov. 2006
By Lynn R. Hamrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Delia Salvi is a pioneer in the field of teaching emerging directors how to best work with actors. She has mentored many at UCLA including Alexander Payne, David Ward, Audrey Wells, and myself. I have found her book and her counsel to be invaluable. Salvi's book is specific and easy to put into practice. I teach directing at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and I recommend the book to my students and I use it in my classes and in my professional work on the outside. Five Stars!!!! Lynn Hamrick, Director
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