Award-winning writer-director Toby Fell-Holden visited SAE London on 8 October to deliver a masterclass that covered the common techniques of visually expressive directors such as Scorsese, Kubrick, Lynne Ramsay and Hitchcock.
Toby is a British filmmaker based between New York and London, who graduated from Columbia’s Film MFA, and holds a BA in PPE from Oxford University.
The masterclass was open to second year students, and it was followed by a screening of Toby’s short film Balcony, as well as a Q&A, that were both open to members of the public.
Jean-Sébastien Amié Degni said: “Q&As with directors like Toby Fell-Holden always remove the mystery behind making successful films and that makes you a lot more excited to go out and achieve your own goals.”
"Q&As WITH DIRECTORS LIKE TOBY FELL-HOLDEN ALWAYS REMOVE THE MYSTERY BEHIND MAKING SUCCESSFUL FILMS, AND THAT MAKES YOU A LOT MORE EXCITED TO GO OUT AND ACHIEVE YOUR OWN GOALS."
- JEAN-SÉBASTIEN AMIÉ DEGNI, DIGITAL FILM PRODUCTION STUDENT
The masterclass was a great opportunity for SAE students to ask questions about what makes a successful short film, and how to ensure your production gets selected for festivals.
The title that Toby screened at SAE London, Balcony, has played at over 100 film festivals. It won a Crystal Bear at the 66th Berlinale, the Iris Prize, was long-listed for the 2016 Academy Awards and received a nomination for Best British Short at the BIFAs.
That’s not Toby’s only success, though; his thesis film, Little Shadow, was long-listed for a BAFTA and nominated by the Casting Society of America (CSA) for an Artios.
Toby is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow for 2016, and has been awarded fellowships from the Moving Picture Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. At the moment, he is currently developing feature projects in both the UK and USA.
We’re very grateful that he made the time to come by SAE London and tell students more about his work.
Dino Jacovides, Digital Film Production Programme Coordinator at SAE London, said: “Being a filmmaker can sometimes be demoralising, especially when you’re first starting out. But hearing from someone like Toby, who has enjoyed lots of success with his work, can help guide students towards success on the short film festival circuit. That’s one of the many advantages of studying Digital Film Production at SAE - you get access to expertise from people like Toby, in the form of SAE Extra masterclasses!”
Find out more about studying Digital Film Production at SAE here.