Friendly Enemies: Maximizing the Director-actor Relationship

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Billboard Books, Jan 1, 2003 - Performing Arts - 262 pages
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It’s the best-kept secret in the entertainment industry: how much actors—even award-winning movie stars—distrust directors, and how most directors, in turn, fear actors.

InFriendly Enemies, professor, acting coach, and actress Delia Salvi shows today’s young film and television directors how to overcome the obstacles and meet the challenges of working with actors effectively and successfully. Based on the popular course she teaches at UCLA, seven comprehensive chapters provide proven guidance on such key topics as understanding the actor, the director’s preparation, casting, rehearsals, and working on the set. An additional chapter features directors’ notes, character analysis, and a scene breakdown from a section of the movie classicOn the Waterfront.

Finally,Friendly Enemiesfeatures fascinating one-on-one interviews with entertainment professionals including:

• Burt Brinckerhoff, well-known producer and director of the successful television seriesSeventh Heavenand director of over 46 legendary television shows

• Tom Holland, Emmy-winning director ofMalcolm in the Middle, as well asThe Larry Sanders ShowandTwin Peaks

• Geena Davis, star ofThe Accidental Tourist,Thelma and Louise, andA League of Their Own

• Anthony Franciosa, star of stage, screen, and television

• Barry Primus, who has recently appeared in the filmsLife as a Houseand15 Minutes, as well as such television shows asThe Practice,X-Files, andLaw and Order

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About the author (2003)

Delia Salviis a full professor at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. She is also a professional acting coach whose students include Geena Davis, Craig Berko, and Mia Sara. Salvi has conducted master classes in California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as in many countries in Europe. She lives in Los Angeles.

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