Zack Snyder had established himself as one of the most creative and sought-after directors in the commercial and music video arenas before segueing to feature films. He made his feature film directorial debut with the hit horror thriller "Dawn of the Dead." Released in March 2004, the film opened at the top of the weekend box office and brought Snyder widespread critical acclaim for his inspired re-imagining of George Romero's cult classic. Snyder was also nominated for the prestigious Camera d'Or Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for his work on the film.
Together with his producing partner and Co-President Deborah Snyder, he recently formed Cruel and Unusual Films, which announced a two-year overall production deal with Warner Bros. Snyder is currently in development on "Watchmen," based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The producers are Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder.
Snyder's feature film success follows years of directing award-winning commercials and music videos. British Communication Arts Magazine featured Snyder as one of the most talented commercial directors in the country. Snyder's commercial work has garnered him numerous awards, including two Clios. He also won a Gold Lion award at Cannes for his Jeep "Frisbee" spot. His wickedly funny and irreverent spot, "Russian Generals," attracted the attention of the London advertising community, which presented him with an award for his impressive body of work. His commercial work took him around the world and includes such memorable and filmic spots as a Land Rover commercial filmed in Tunisia; a Subaru spot featuring Lance Armstrong; and a Budweiser commercial filmed in China.
Snyder attributes his distinctive style, in part, to his early artistic training in London, where he studied painting at the Heatherlies School. He later refined his artistic sensibilities at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he developed the bold cinematic style of filmmaking that he has become known for today.