Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. History, summa cum laude, Concordia University, Portland (2009) M.A. Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas (2011)
Mr. Zach Saltz
Fall 2021 Classes
1st Hour: Video Production 1
2st Hour: Video Production 2
3rd Hour: Plan
4th Hour: Animation
5th Hour: Animation
6th Hour: Video Production 3
7nd Hour: Video Production 1
I am entering my 6th year teaching video and digital media at Lawrence High School, the best high school in the United States. Growing up in Oregon, I fell in love with movies and wanted to become a filmmaker. But it seemed like a distant dream. Cameras, audio equipment and editing software were expensive, cumbersome, and difficult to use.
Today, professional filmmaking and animation are more possible than ever before. Students at LHS use the same equipment and editing platforms that are used by industry professionals. I want to bring to students the high school experience I wanted to have -- one where you can bring your creative ideas to life through cinematography, motion graphics, sound design, and most importantly, storytelling. Check out our YouTube Channel to check out the diverse, award-winning projects LHS Video students have created.
My favorite quote about movies comes from my favorite film critic, Roger Ebert:
"For me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. If it’s a great movie, it lets you understand a little bit more about what it’s like to be a different gender, a different race, a different age, a different economic class, a different nationality, a different profession, different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us. And that, to me, is the most noble thing that good movies can do and it’s a reason to encourage them and to support them and to go to them.”