Here's What Zack Snyder Has Been Doing After Leaving 'Justice League'

As some if not all of you are aware Zack Snyder, the director of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Justice League, left the last project sometime earlier this year due to the tragic passing of his daughter, Autumn. He and his partner, both creatively and in life, Deborah Snyder understandably left the superhero team-up film.

So what has Snyder been doing since he vacated the film? He took the time to be with family and friends of course but in a more creative way - making a short film. Titled Snow Steam Iron the short film can be exclusively watched on Vero - an up and coming social media platform. 

Snyder enlisted the help of family members, Willow, his daughter as make-up artist, and Eli, his son and his friends from ACLU as set PA's; friend and regular on-set still photographer for Snyder, Clay Enos; and Samantha Jo as the main protagonist of the film. It was filmed during the last weekend of April, in and around Snyder's office - Cruel and Unusual Films - at Warner Bros.' studio in Burbank, California.

“It was a cathartic experience for all of us in a weird way because when we all get together it’s easier for us to make a movie than talk,” Snyder said. “There was a heavy air around, as you can imagine, but this film gave us this way to be with each other that was nice.”

While being a better way of coping than making a huge blockbuster film like Justice League, it also served as a proof of concept for Snyder, who plans on teaching a film basics course at Art Center College of Design - his alma mater. One of the ideas he wishes to instil in his students is that a film can be made by anyone with a phone, upon thinking of this he came to the realisation that he had never done that. So he went ahead and did it with Snow Steam Iron to bolster this point and also to “make sure I’m not telling these kids something that isn’t true.”

While it was made with an iPhone and some other items - Zeiss ExoLens and mount; a couple of smartphone camera rigs; a Kessler Pocket Dolly for tracking shots; the FiLMiC Pro app to control the camera’s settings; and a DJI drone for aerial shots - the film, personally, looks like a well made short film made with a more traditional set up. It's bold, visceral, and is just about four minutes of high quality filmography. As mentioned before it can be viewed on Vero!

Snyder aims to have the film basics course up and running when he is in post production of his next project - The Last Photograph, a war drama he concocted with Kurt Johnstad after 300 came out. He also plans on making his own adaption of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. In the meantime he will continue executive-producing DCEU films but with The Last Photograph being the main focus and therefore the more time-consuming effort.

Finally we come back to Justice League which was left to Joss Whedon to finish up. Snyder feels that it'd be “unfair in a lot of ways” for him to involved again after being gone for quite a long time. “I’m at a place where I feel excited about it and I’m happy for my guys and I love these people that are working on it, and they’re my family and I think they’re doing an amazing job,” he explained. “But I’ve kind of just let them do their thing.” 

Source: WIRED

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