Zak Emerson studied Fine Art Painting at Central Saint Martins in London. He began his TV career as a storyboard artist and creative assistant under legendary ad man, Paul Arden at ASD.

Not content with making pictures with mere brush and ink he turned to his attention to the camera. His first short film 'Suspended' was picked up by the British Council for representation and won the prestigious Stella Artois best short film award. And so the love affair with film began.

He has since directed award-winning commercials for clients such as Adidas, Toyota, Three, Heineken, Nikon. HSBC and many others. In 2012, his Heineken 'Faking Of' spot smashed the 'making of' genre and landed awards across the board, including Cannes Lion Silver and Eurobest Grand Prix. In 2015, his heart warming family-focussed spot for Toyota won at the The One Show.

He has won various awards for hid short films and is currently cutting his third in a documentary series of arctic snowboard mountaineering projects. The First Day of Summer, has been a finalist at all the biggest adventure film festivals this winter season and won an Edmund Hillary award in the US. 

Zak's attention to detail, his ability to find the beauty in the everyday and his epic, cinematic, visual style makes him a wonderful storyteller.

When Zak is not working he’s into: ultra marathons, rock climbing, mountaineering, snowboarding, road cycling, exhibitions, films, hanging out with his kids and superhuman wife. 

Client List includes:

 Commercials: Adidas, Heineken, Nike, Toyota, Sony Playstation, , British Film Institute, Nikon, Wilko, BBC, Digicel, Very, M&S, Carphone Warehouse, McDonald’s, Jameson Whiskey, Three Mobile, Unicef, Lufthansa, Engie, Ladbrokes, HSBC.

 TV Series: Promotional and Titles work for hit TV Sky Atlantic series 1 and 2: Penny Dreadful. And History Channel’s epic series Viking.





USA One Show Merit Award 2015, Toyota ‘All Things'

Shark 2014, Toyota ‘All Things'

Cannes Lion Silver 2012, Heineken 'Legendary Faking Of'

Grand Prix Eurobest 2012, Heineken 'Legendary Faking Of'

USA The One Show Merit 2012, Heineken 'Legendary Faking Of'

Shark Award 2012, ‘Three Little Words'

ICAD 2010, Three Mobile ‘Ode to Fans'

Shark Award 2010,  ‘Ode to Fans'

LIA Silver Award 2009, ‘Ladbrokes Climb, Shark, Parachute'

Promax World Gold Award, BBC Strictly, Graham Norton promo

USA The One Show Merit 2009, ‘Ladbrokes Climb, Shark, Parachute'



‘Suspended’ - Stella Artois Best Short 2000

‘Don’t Just Lie There’ - Best Direction Paris International Short Film Festival 2010. Official selection Palm Springs 2010

‘The Ballad of Langley Lane’ 2014 Winner HomeSpunYard funding. Official selection Los Angeles Shorts Festival, Austin Film Festival 2015. 



‘First Day of Summer - Edmund Hillary award 2017, Mammoth Film Festival

Finalist at Banff, Vancouver, Pakistan, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Durango, Lyons Colorado...