Adrian Saba (B.A. '10)
Adrian Saba Q & A:
What was your favorite class, who was your favorite professor, or what is your fondest memory of Hofstra?
Many, many… it’s hard to decide! I enjoyed my film classes very much. Senior film, RTVF 47, Introduction to Film, Cinematography. But I also enjoyed the classes I took for my minor and outside my major. I minored in anthropology and I loved my classes; they expanded my views on the world and what we are. I took classes in the theater department like directing and acting, which also help me a lot in my work today. I wish I had time to finish my French classes, too! I also loved getting certified in scuba diving while I was at Hofstra!
What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
I'm a filmmaker, so I've never really had anything “stable.” I did corporate videos, advertising, and worked as an assistant director in two plays while I was preparing my film.
What is your field of specialty, and how did you come to work in the industry?
Film directing. After I graduated from Hofstra, all I wanted to do was to shoot a film. That's all I had in my mind, and I decided that I wanted to come back to Peru because of my identity. I had to be introduced to the world as a Peruvian filmmaker with a Peruvian film. I am now part of the industry, but I've only been in it a very short time (I graduated in 2010). I made a foreign independent film that is doing really well around the world, and now I'm working on preparing the next one.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
Enjoy school as much as you can! And start pursuing your dreams while you are at school. Find that thing you love and do it. It's the greatest pleasure, no matter how hard it can get. There's nothing like doing what you love.
In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
Coming from Peru, what made you decide to attend Hofstra?
Hofstra’s film program and the scholarship I received. Filmmaking is all about taking risks; it's a bunch of people taking the risk that makes a film (and, in my case, a career) come together. Hofstra took the risk by supporting me for the whole four years.
Who in your field do you most admire?
Wow. Big question. Many, many people. I could start with my professors at Hofstra and my classmates who are out there.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you see your career progressing to in the future?
Hopefully making more movies!