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Zachary Rich

"Let your imagination thrive, your heart pound, and your passions take over. Experience the unseen and enjoy the small pleasures."

Art has always been a large factor of my life. It flourished during high school when I was introduced to film. The film program was new and needed students to test it out, but it took no longer than a week before it took over my life. I began to see the world as a canvas and a film ready to be captured. I spent my freshman year working on ideas for films in every sense: comedy, animation, documentary, etc. In my first year, I created three short films that soon dwindled in comparison to my future film works.

Within two years, I started making documentaries for the US Forest Service as an independent filmmaker and strived to create as many films as possible with one goal in mind: create meaningful films. There is one lesson that I will never forget that my film teacher, Cord Rawlinson, taught me: "Always work on the visual. Make your movie stand out and shine. If you were to turn off the sound in the film, I want to still understand what is going on. Put meaning into your film. Really love the stories that you are creating". From that moment I held true to that goal and ended up becoming Best Director at the Twain Harte film festival (2011). From there I knew I wanted to pursue film in college.

Photography was the another medium that filled every void and empty day with happiness and wonder. Just like film, I saw the world as something waiting to be captured so I looked everywhere I could to find photogenic scenes. It wasn't difficult as I lived near Yosemite Valley and had a world of photographic landscapes around me. My photography quickly became more professional as I entered college and learned the specific skills that required eloquent photography. It was also during this time when I decided create a portfolio of my work and create Zarraka Productions.

​In short, art has fulfilled my life and helped pass the time with adventure and imagination. I continue to learn everything I can about film and photography so that my artwork can continue to grow.

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