Fatemeh Motamed Arya

Fatemeh Motamed Arya

Fatemeh Motamed Arya talks about her forty years of acting experience in theater, cinema and television, in ‘Safheye No’. Applying the rules of acting in daily life, basic steps of acting, physical fitness of the actor, articulation, training of the five senses, instinctive and technical acting, improvisation, acting in different genres, role selection factors, cooperation and interaction with the director, screenwriter, camera operating, Actors and other film crew, professional ethics and many other topics of acting have been taught in this course.

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01 Fatemeh Motamed Arya biography and introduction of the course

We have the opportunity to know more about Fatemeh Motamed Arya, actress, voice actor, and puppet director. She has won dozens of prestigious international awards from inside and outside Iran. In ‘Safheye No’, Motamed Arya tells us about her forty years of acting experience in theater, cinema and television.

02 Working as a teenage actor

In this page, Motamed Arya talks about her acquaintance with acting and the magic of the stage and what made her say “I will definitely be a successful actor.” She talks about the influence and role of the family, personal motivations and her endeavors; she talks about dealing with the opposition and how the world responds to our interest in the career.

03 There is an actor in every human being

Who is an actor? What features should s/he have? How can the rules of acting be instructive in everyday life? The course instructor explains how to broaden the actor’s vision by recognizing the different arts and the role of talent, focus, and perseverance in advancing acting.

04 Rhythm in acting and performance

In this lesson, we will learn about the basics of acting. Motamed Arya teaches us how to sit, walk, and breathe correctly, the actor’s daily exercises and the importance of knowing the rhythm.

05 The art of expression

You must have encountered people whose words are influential. Learning simple articulation techniques helps us improve speech. Here is where tips and tricks are shared to those interested in learning the key points.

06 Training the five senses

Have you ever thought about your five senses? How can we show the feeling of eating sweets just by imagining it? Motamed Arya believes that the five senses are vital aspects of truth that an actor can communicate by applying them on stage. In this lesson, we are acquainted with the exercises of taste, smell, hearing, sight, as well as the concept of the Sense Distribution Plot.

07 The first steps in acting

Your entire universe is your mind. In this section, we will learn how to cultivate creativity, collect ideas from others, and take advantage of curiosity to increase the power of acting.

08 Technical or intuitive actor

In this lesson, we will be acquainted with the difference between intuitive play and technical play, the need to recognize cinematic tools for the actor, acting in front of the camera, the differences between theater acting and cinema, and conscious use of instinct.

09 Improvised game

One of the most critical tests for recognizing the strength of an actor is improvisation. According to Motamed Arya, the improvisational method requires knowledge that has been acquired in the past. She talks about the power of imagination in improvisation and etiquettes.

10 Character building

The actor of ‘Honarpishe’ believes that someone who has learned acting scientifically, should be able to play in different forms. On ‘Safheye no’, she talks about the differences and must-haves of each genre, comedy play techniques, and its differences from the jokes and mistakes that are common in working with children.

11 The actor is not chosen; s/he chooses

Fatemeh Motamed Arya is the type of actor who consciously chooses her roles. In this lesson, she talks to us about her criteria for choosing a role and making the best use of an actor of her age. It is worth listening to Motamedaria’s experiences after playing the role of ‘Gilaneh’.

12 Risk taking in choosing roles

“In cinema, they give you money to experience, so be brave”; this is one of the lessons of this course. To learn why you do not have the opportunity to make a mistake in a short role and why not play in two films simultaneously? Follow this lesson.

13 Screenwriter, Director and, Actor triangle 

Fatemeh Motamedaria has learned that “the actor is the manifestation of the director’s thought”. In this episode, she talks about the actor’s constructive relationship with the screenwriter and director; explains why casting is a destructive element in an actor’s work and explains her experience of annotating the script to acting lovers.

14 Who am I supposed to be?

In this part, the course instructor talks about how to create a character and recognize the difference between the “I” of the actor and the “he” of the character. Motamedaria explains her methods in creating the character of ‘Gilaneh’ as well as her experience in imitating the role of ‘Lor’s daughter’ in the film ‘Nasser al-Din Shah, the actor of cinema’.

15 The opposite role 

The method of interaction and lending with the leading actors, working with inexperienced actors, and the knowledge of acting are among the lessons of this course.

16 The relationship between camera and audience reaction 

Motamedaria 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.

17 Makeup, costumes, and scenes

Makeup, costume design, and scenes help the actor to have a better understanding of the character’s position. The course teacher looks at these categories from his point of view and points out the limitations of covering female actors in Iran and how to make it credible.

18 All who live in me

“I have given identity to characters, characters whose words have come out of my mouth and walked on my feet, but none of whom I am.” This is Motamedaria’s statement about the roles she has played. How much of the role remains in the actor? How can one dissolve the role bond?

19 Teamwork étiquettes

Motamedaria is known for her warm greetings and good looks on stage. She believes that the first lesson in acting is attracting others and persuading them to listen to you. On this page she talks about the secret of being influential in teamwork and even in everyday life.

20 Professional ethics

Is the actor superior to the other film crew? What is the professional ethics and social responsibility of the actor? What behavioral care does the actor need? How can we prevent damage to people’s trust? We hear the answers to these questions from Motamed Arya.

21 From the stage to the close-up on the screen

The main focus of this lesson is the differences and abilities of a person who started acting in the theater with other actors, the importance of learning from childhood, and acting through trial and error.

22 The last page, the last letter

On the last page, Fatemeh Motamed Arya offers suggestions to those who are interested, especially newcomers to acting.  “There’s no such thing as overnight success and no one can help you more than yourself”, she said.

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