Fatemeh Motamed Arya

Fatemeh Motamed Arya

Fatemeh Motamed Arya talks about her forty-year experience in acting in theater, cinema, and television in ‘Safheye No’. She discusses the use of acting principles in everyday life, the basic steps of acting, physical fitness of the actor, articulation, training of the five senses, instinctive and technical acting, improvisation, acting in different genres, factors in role selection, collaboration and interaction with directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, actors, and other film crew, professional ethics, and many other acting-related topics covered in this training course.

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Course Content

01۱ Fatemeh Motamed Arya biography and introduction of the course

We become more familiar with Fatemeh Motamed Arya, an acclaimed actress, voice actress, and puppet director. She has won numerous prestigious awards both domestically and internationally. In ‘Safheye No’, Motamed Arya shares her forty years of experience in acting in theater, cinema, and television with us.

02۲ Working as a teenage actor

In this page, Motamed Arya talks about her acquaintance with acting and the magic of the stage, and what led her to say to herself, “I will definitely become a successful actress.” She discusses the influence and role of family, motivations, and personal efforts. She also talks about what to do in the face of opposition and how the world embraces our interest in this profession.

03۳ There is an actor in every human being

Who is an actor? What qualities should they have? How can the principles of acting be enlightening in everyday life? The instructor of this course explains about expanding the actor’s perspective through an understanding of various arts and the role of talent, focus, and perseverance in advancing in acting.

04۴ Physical fitness for Actors

In this lesson, we will learn about the fundamental principles of acting. Motamed Arya teaches proper sitting posture, correct walking techniques, proper breathing, daily exercises for actors, and the importance of understanding rhythm.

05۵ The art of expression

You have surely encountered individuals who have a profound impact with their speech. Learning simple techniques of elocution helps us have influential speech. If you want to learn these techniques, join the instructor of this course.

06۶ Training the five senses

Have you ever thought about your five senses? How can we convey the feeling of eating something sweet only through imagination? Motamed Arya believes that the five senses are the blood vessels of acting. In this lesson, we become familiar with exercises in taste, smell, hearing, sight, as well as the concept of compartmentalizing sensations.

07۷ First steps in acting

Your mind is as vast as the world. In this section, we learn how to nurture creativity, draw inspiration from people, and harness curiosity to enhance the power of acting.

08۸ Technical or intuitive actor

In this lesson, we become familiar with the difference between instinctual acting and technical acting, the importance of understanding cinematic tools for actors, on-camera performance, the difference between theater and film acting, and conscious utilization of instincts.

09۹ Improvisation

One of the important tests for recognizing the power of an actor is improvisation. According to Motamed Arya, improvisation requires knowledge acquired through experience. She discusses the power of imagination in improvisation and teaches exercises for improvisational acting.

10۱۰ Actor in Comedy, Drama, and Children’s Roles

The actor of the film “The Artiste” believes that someone who has studied acting scientifically should be able to perform in various formats. In this article, they discuss the differences and do’s and don’ts of each genre, comedy acting techniques, the distinction between comedy and overacting, and common mistakes that have become prevalent when working with children.

11۱۱ The Actor Doesn’t Get Chosen, They Choose

Fatemeh Motamed Arya is one of those actors who consciously chooses her roles. In this lesson, she shares with us her criteria for role selection and the optimal utilization of an actor’s age. Motamed Arya’s experiences after portraying the character “Gilaneh” are remarkable.

12۱۲ Take Risks in Role Selection

“In cinema, they pay you to experience, so be bold and take risks.” This is one of the teachings of the instructor of this course. To learn why you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to play a small role and why you shouldn’t work on two films simultaneously, follow this lesson.

13۱۳ Triangle of Screenwriter, Director, and Actor

Fatemeh Motamed Arya has learned that “an actor is the embodiment of the director’s thoughts.” In this segment, she discusses the constructive relationship between the actor, screenwriter, and director. She delves into why ambition can be a destructive element in an actor’s work and shares her experience of improvisation on the screenplay for aspiring actors.

14۱۴ Who Am I Supposed to Be?

In this segment, the course instructor discusses the process of creating a character and understanding the difference between the “self” of the actor and the “other” of the character. Motamed Arya shares her methods in creating the character of “Gilaneh” and her experience in imitating the role of “Lori girl” in the film “Nasser al-Din Shah, the Actor of Cinema”.

15۱۵ The Actor in the Opposite Role

This lesson covers the methods of interaction and rapport with the actor in the opposite role, working with novice actors, and the knowledge of directing. It delves into the teachings of establishing a connection and establishing a working dynamic with the actor in the opposite role, as well as providing guidance for working with inexperienced actors and understanding the principles of directing.

16۱۶ The relationship between camera and audience reaction

Motamed Arya believes that communication with the cameraman helps in being her best when she is in front of the camera. This lesson explains the impacts of knowing camera movements, lenses, and light on the acting career. This lesson is about how to act flawlessly and how the relationship with the cameraman and the behind-the-scenes agents could help in acting.

17۱۷ Makeup, Costume, and Set Design

Makeup, costume, and set design aid actors in developing a better understanding of their character’s situation. In this course, the instructor shares their perspective on these aspects and their significance in enhancing the actor’s performance.

18۱۸ All the Characters Living within Me

“I have given identities to characters, characters whose words have come out of my mouth and have walked with my feet, but none of them is me.” This statement by Motamed Arya reflects her perspective on the roles she has played. How much of the character remains within the actor? How can one detach themselves from the confines of a role? These questions delve into the exploration of the actor’s relationship with their characters.

19۱۹ Teamwork étiquettes

Motamed Arya is known for her warm greetings and pleasant demeanor backstage. She believes that the first lesson of acting is how to capture the attention of others and persuade them to listen to you. In this section, she discusses the secret to being influential in group work and even in everyday life. The focus is on understanding the dynamics of collaboration and the importance of effective communication in achieving collective goals.

20۲۰ Professional ethics

Does an actor have superiority over other film professionals? What is professional ethics and social responsibility for actors? What behavioral precautions should actors take? How can we avoid damaging public trust? In this section, we hear from Motamed Arya as she answers these questions. She sheds light on the importance of ethical conduct in the acting profession, the responsibility actors have towards society, the behavioral considerations actors should keep in mind, and how to maintain the trust of the audience.

21۲۱ From Stage Dust to Curtain Call

In this lesson, the course instructor discusses the differences and capabilities of actors who started their careers in theater compared to other actors. She emphasizes the importance of receiving training from an early age and the journey of walking the tightrope of acting. From the humble beginnings of performing on stage to the triumphant curtain call, she sheds light on the unique experiences and skills that theater-trained actors bring to their craft.

22۲۲ The Last Page, Final Words

On the last page of this course, Fatemeh Motamed Arya offers some advice to enthusiasts, especially aspiring actors. She believes, “Success doesn’t happen overnight, and no one can help you more than yourself.”