Distinguished Speaker: Thomas Pollock ’60

Thomas Pollack

As part of our Distinguished Speaker Series, Thomas Pollock ’60, movie producer and grandson of Louis Zalk (one of Happy Valley School’s founders and earliest supporters), was interviewed by Kevin Henschel ’93 in the Zalk Theater during a special assembly.

Pollock attended Happy Valley School (HVS) from 7th through 12th grade during the 1950’s, an era when the small school was a complete departure from public and private schools across the country. He reflected on the time period during and after HVS and spoke about his career as an entertainment lawyer, studio executive, and major motion picture producer. In taking questions from students, he spoke about current projects, the future of movie making, and when asked for a piece of advice for our own aspiring filmmakers, he answered that making movies should be part of a graduate program, once one has had more education and life experience to pull from.

…I don’t know anybody who doesn’t want to start making movies right now… but it’s important to know that The Lion King is Hamlet, and if you don’t know it, you can’t write it. And the only way to know it is to read it. So, taking a course in Shakespeare is useful.” – Thomas Pollock ’60

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