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Biography #2 (for 300)

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.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "300" (04-Mar-2007)


Biography #3 (for Dawn of the Dead)

Making his feature film directorial debut, Zack Snyder was featured in British Communication Arts magazine as one of the most talented commercial directors in the country. Best known for his cinematic widescreen shooting style, Snyder attributes his distinctive style in part to his early artistic training in London, where he studied painting at the Heatherlies School. Later, he refined his artistic sensibilities at the world famous Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he developed the bold cinematic style of filmmaking that he is known for today. Whether shooting an epic car spot for Land Rover in Tunisia, or an emotionally moving character piece with Robert De Niro in the streets of New York City, Snyder's stylistic approach combines powerful storytelling with a compelling sense of place.

From the Skeleton Coast of Namibia to the desolation of the Arctic tundra, Snyder frequently accomplishes his big screen look with a small, dedicated crew. Working as both director and cinematographer, Snyder has traveled to the rain forests of Costa Rica for client Compuware and to Alaska to shoot spots for Audi and Jeep. He has traveled to China for client Budweiser, as well as Chile and Iceland in search of the perfect location for his cinematic spots.

Well known for his sports work, Snyder has created dynamic portraits of sports icons such as Michael Jordan, tennis star Martina Navratilova and quarterback Troy Aikman for clients Nike and Reebok and recently completed a spot for Titleist featuring golfers David Duval, Dan Marino and David Robinson, among others.

Snyder's work has garnered numerous awards including two Clios. He received a Gold Lion Award at Cannes for his Jeep Frisbee spot. His wickedly funny and irreverent spot Russian Generals, filmed on location in England, attracted the attention of the London advertising community, which presented him with an award for his impressive body of work. Most recently, Snyder completed the 2003 Subaru campaign featuring four-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

for "Dawn of the Dead" updated 22-Apr-2005