Zachary Rich

Santa Cruz, California

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I started working with film during my freshman year in high school when I created an animated short (hand drawn). After that moment I knew I wanted to become a filmmaker.

Sophomore: I created a documentary on the life of Leonardo da Vinci.
Senior: I created a documentary for the US Forest Service that explored the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the paths taken by pioneers. I also created a short film called Drawn to You which helped me receive Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Costume in local film festivals (Twain Harte).

After these moments I decided to continue my career at UC Santa Cruz. Again I continued to create films for myself and others.

Freshman: Ashes to Ashes. A short film I created using only photography for a class project. I also created another documentary for the US Forest Service. This one explored the process the Forest Service took to choose a Christmas tree for the White House. I filmed the cutting of the tree and the festival that took place in the local town celebrating its future journey.

Sophomore: A big project in film making took place when I took part in the film The God Particle. In this project I helped film a short story/ play production for the UC Film Club (aka Fourth Hallway Productions). For this film I showed my filming knowledge and understanding to others while also acting in the play (the first film/theater hybrid at UCSC).

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  1. il Luster
  2. Anaïs Hinojosa Téllez
  3. Adriana Yedidsion
  4. Alexis Duran
  5. The Film Production Coalition
  6. Remy Monteagudo
  7. Derrek Leigh
  8. Jairo Brito
  9. Kimani David
  10. Ashton Alexander Webb
  11. Jason Al-Samarrie
  12. Cheska Bacaltos
  13. Joe Bourekas
  14. Anthony Stratos
  15. David Murakami