Zach Merck is a filmmaker whose work depicts unique, authentic stories and interesting people who take viewers to the far corners of the planet. Whether scripted, documentary or his forte of real people/hidden camera, he draws the best performances out of talent to experience the story through their eyes. Merck’s appreciation of talent stems in part from beginning his career in Hollywood with director Tony Scott, who on his sets for Enemy of the State and Spy Game, taught him about the process of working with actors and how to move the camera. From there Merck built his early career as a producer.
Merck segued into directing full time on music videos and then he spent over a decade filming hundreds of commercials, documentaries and branded films. Merck’s work has been honored by the Cannes Lions, CLIOS and One Show, and earned him a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. His award-winning feature documentaries include For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville (ABC), Racing Under Green (Discovery), Six Beers of Separation (Fox Australia), The Art of Walking (Nat Geo) and Punk Like Me (SXSW Audience Award 2006).