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