Zack Snyder

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Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder.jpg
Snyder at the Man Of Steel premiere in Sydney in June 2013
BornZachary Edward Snyder
(1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 47)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Deborah Snyder (m. 2004)
 
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Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder.jpg
Snyder at the Man Of Steel premiere in Sydney in June 2013
BornZachary Edward Snyder
(1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 47)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationFilm director, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Deborah Snyder (m. 2004)

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action/science fiction films. After making his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead, he gained wide recognition with the 2007 box office hit 300, adapted from writer-artist Frank Miller's Dark Horse Comics miniseries of the same name, and later went on to direct the 2009 superhero film Watchmen, an adaptation of the comic book of the same name. He is the co-founder of Cruel and Unusual Films, a production company he established in 2004, alongside his wife Deborah Snyder and producing partner Wesley Coller. His first family film was the 2010 animated family adventure film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, based on the first three books of the series by Kathryn Lasky. His most recent film is Man of Steel, directed by him and written by David S. Goyer. It was released in the United States on June 14, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Snyder was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. His mother, Marsha (née Reeves), was a painter and a photography teacher at Daycroft School, which Snyder later attended. His father, Charles Edward "Ed" Snyder, worked as an executive recruiter.[1][2] Snyder attended Camp Owatonna in Harrison, Maine during the summer months as a child. Snyder's mother inspired him to study paintings a year after high school at Heatherley School of Fine Art in England, although he had already begun filmmaking. Afterward, Snyder attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (where he was classmates with Michael Bay).

Snyder lives in Pasadena with his second wife, producer Deborah Snyder. The couple first met in 1996, and married on September 25, 2004 at the St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, New York.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Snyder went on to shoot, as a director and as a cinematographer, television commercials for such clients as the automobile companies Audi, BMW, Subaru and Nissan, among others. Other commercial work has been for clients including Nike, Reebok, and Gatorade.

Snyder made his feature film debut with the remake Dawn of the Dead (2004), and scored a box office hit with 300 (2007), adapted from writer-artist Frank Miller's Dark Horse Comics miniseries of the same name. His Warner Bros. film Watchmen was released on March 6, 2009 and grossed $185 million worldwide. His follow-up project/animation debut titled Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole was released on September 24, 2010. Snyder produced, co-wrote, and directed Sucker Punch,[5] which was released on March 25, 2011. The film, based on a script written by Snyder and Steve Shibuya, was about a young woman in a mental hospital who fantasizes of escape with her fellow inmates.

He directed 2013's Man of Steel for Warner Bros., a reboot of the Superman franchise. He will direct a yet-to-be-produced remake of the 1969 film The Illustrated Man, and is set to produce a prequel to 300. He also wants to direct a segment for an upcoming Heavy Metal 3, and plans to write and direct a sequel to Legend of the Guardians.[6]

In October 2012, Warner Bros. announced a planned 2015 release for their Justice League film. It remains unknown at this point whether or not Henry Cavill is expected to reprise his role. During an interview with the New York Post in November 2012, director Zack Snyder stated, “I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t. But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that,” and claimed that Warner Bros. expects him to "keep them on course" as regards to a potential cinematic universe. It was rumored in early March 2013 that Snyder would direct the Justice League film and that Christopher Nolan would again be producing.

In November 2012, Snyder proclaimed that he would not be involved with the development of Star Wars Episode VII. Speculation swirled again in January 2013, when Vulture reported that he would be developing a Star Wars spin-off film inspired by Seven Samurai.[7] However, this report was later denied as rumor by Snyder's representative.[8] As of March 2013, it was rumored that Zack Snyder might be attached to the long in progress Justice League movie. As reported by Latino Review, Snyder might either step in as a producer or he might direct the project itself. These reports have not been confirmed yet.[9] Snyder is set to direct a Man of Steel sequel.[10] During Comic Con 2013, Snyder announced that Batman and Superman will share the screen in the Man of Steel sequel coming in 2015. Cavill will reprise his role as Superman and announced in August 2013 that Ben Affleck would play Batman.[11]

300 controversy[edit]

Before the opening of 300, Warner Bros. expressed concerns about the political aspects of the film's theme. Snyder recalls that there was "a huge sensitivity about East versus West with the studio."[12] Media speculation about a possible parallel between the historic Greco-Persian conflict and the US-invasion of Iraq at the time appeared in an interview with Snyder during the Berlin Film Festival in 2007.[13] The interviewer remarked that "everyone is sure to be translating this [film] into contemporary politics." Snyder replied that, while he was aware that people would read the film through the lens of contemporary events, no parallels between the film and the contemporary world were intended.[14]

Style[edit]

Snyder often uses slow motion in and out of the fight scenes in his films, which Amy Nicholson of Boxoffice magazine remarked separates the director from other filmmakers who make multiple cuts and close-ups during a fight. A minute-long shot from 300 shows King Leonidas walking down as he slaughters his enemies, and the camera only dollys in and out to emphasize each kill and move.[15]

Awards[edit]

Snyder's body of work has earned him a number of awards, including two Clio Awards and a Gold Lion Award for his Jeep "Frisbee" commercial. He also won an award for his humorous commercial "General's Party".

Filmography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Movies[edit]

YearFilmDirectorProducerWriterRotten TomatoesMetacritic
Overall
2004Dawn of the DeadYes75%[16]58/100[17]
2007300YesYes60%[18]51/100[19]
2009WatchmenYes64%[20]56/100[21]
2010Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'HooleYes50%[22]53/100[23]
2011Sucker PunchYesYesYes23%[24]33/100[25]
2013Man of SteelYes56%[26]55/100[27]
2014300: Rise of an Empire[28]YesYesTBC[29]TBC[30]
2015Untitled Batman/Superman Film[31]YesYesTBCTBC

Collaborations[edit]

Actors[edit]

ActorsDawn of the Dead
(2004)
300
(2007)
Watchmen
(2009)
Legend of the Guardians:
The Owls of Ga'Hoole

(2010)
Sucker Punch
(2011)
Man of Steel
(2013)
Michael AdamthwaiteGreen tickYGreen tickY
Richard CetroneGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Abbie CornishGreen tickYGreen tickY
Matt FrewerGreen tickYGreen tickY
Carla GuginoGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY[32]
Alessandro JulianiGreen tickYGreen tickY
Michael KellyGreen tickYGreen tickY
Stephen McHattieGreen tickYGreen tickY
Patrick SabonguiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
Eli SnyderGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
David WenhamGreen tickYGreen tickY

Crew[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/berkshire/obituary.aspx?n=marsha-snyder&pid=144455179
  3. ^ Louie, Elaine (October 3, 2004). "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS: VOWS; Deborah Johnson and Zack Snyder - New York Times". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Frank Lovece (2009-02-19). "CGI: 'Watchmen'--Zack Snyder brings superhero saga to the finish line". Film Journal International. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Zack Snyder: Watchmen". SuicideGirls.com. 5 March 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 4, 2010). "SCOOP: Zack Snyder Directing 'Superman'". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Zack Snyder to direct a Star Wars movie". 3 News NZ. January 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Zack Snyder Denies Report of New Star Wars Film Based on Seven Samurai". Wired News. January 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Mayimbe, El. "EXCLUSIVE: The DCU Takeover & HUGE Developments on ‘Justice League’". Latino-Review.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  10. ^ By NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief. "‘Man Of Steel’ Sequel Underway With Zack Snyder And David S. Goyer". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Zack Snyder Will Direct Superman/Batman Movie Inspired by Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’". 
  12. ^ Crabtree, Sheigh (March 4, 2007). "Giving 300 movie a comic-book grandeur" (PDF). Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  13. ^ Cieply, Michael (March 5, 2007). "That Film's Real Message? It Could Be "Buy A Ticket"". New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2007. 
  14. ^ Jason Silverman (February 22, 2007). "300 Brings History to Bloody Life". Wired News. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  15. ^ "(Archived version) Back away from the zoom lens and AVID". February 26, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Tomatometer Rating of ''Dawn of the Dead''". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  17. ^ "Metascore of ''Dawn of the Dead''". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  18. ^ "Tomatometer Rating of ''300''". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  19. ^ "Metascore of ''300''". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  20. ^ "Tomatometer Rating of ''Watchmen''". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  21. ^ "Metascore of ''Watchmen''". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  22. ^ "Tomatometer Rating of ''Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole''". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  23. ^ "Metascore of ''Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole''". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  24. ^ "Tomatometer Rating of ''Sucker Punch''". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  25. ^ "Metascore of ''Sucker Punch''". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  26. ^ "Tomatometer Rating of ''Man of Steel''". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  27. ^ "Metascore of ''Man of Steel''". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  28. ^ comingsoon.net (May 10, 2013). "300 Rise of an Empire". comingsoon.net. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Tomatometer Rating of ''300: Rise of an Empire''". Rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  30. ^ "Metascore of ''300: Rise of an Empire''". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  31. ^ indiewire.com (July 20, 2013). "Warner Bros. Will Follow Up 'Man of Steel' With A Superman & Batman Movie For 2015". Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  32. ^ Sullivan, Kevin P. (June 14, 2013). "'Man Of Steel' Decoded: Your Guide To Krypton's Geekiest Lingo". mtv.com. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 

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