Zemma Productions was formed in 2014 by Zach Marion and Emma Kragen during their final year of graduate film school at UCLA.
Writer / Director / Producer
I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona chasing lizards and slowly backing away from rattlesnakes. At age 19, my family relocated to Northern Minnesota, and I followed, where I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a BFA in Film Production. I was shooting 16mm celluloid in 16-below. Suffice it to say, I have run the gamut in terms of climate.
After college, I went to work at Video Arts Studios in Fargo, North Dakota as Head of TV Development. While there, I produced Births Beyond Belief, an hour-long documentary exploring unusual home-birth rituals across the U.S., which aired on Discovery Health and TLC.
After almost 5 years in the work force, I decided to further my education. I packed up my car and headed west as a newly admitted UCLA MFA Film Directing candidate. While at UCLA, I wrote and directed the short film, Family Unit, which screened as an official selection at LA Shorts Fest, the Hollywood Film Festival, and the Pasadena International Film Festival. Also as a student, I was a two-time recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Directing Award.
I am currently in post-production on my first feature-length documentary, Where She Lies, which tells the story of a woman searching for her daughter, who she believes was illegally adopted at birth.
Cinematographer / Producer
I am an LA native with an MFA in Cinematography from UCLA and a BA in American Studies from UC Berkeley. I am a recipient of both the Motion Picture Association of America Award and the Lisa Wiegand Fellowship in Cinematography. I was featured in Variety's 110 Students to Watch in 2015.
In 2014, I traveled to Antarctica with environmentalist Robert Swan and his organization, 2041, to film a short documentary and video blog for UCLA. I have also shot multiple films that were produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions and James Franco.
I was first introduced to the film industry when a book I wrote at age 7, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, was made into a feature-length film in 2003. The book has since gone on to sell over 600,000 copies worldwide. In 2012, the film spawned a sequel distributed by Sony Pictures. During production of the first film, I shot a behind-the-scenes documentary that was included on the DVD. From this experience, I knew I wanted to make films.
I am an LA native who has worked in Post-Production for as long as I can remember, although, admittedly, I do oversee other elements of the process as well: from giving script notes to helping with camera prep.
I have been a member of Zemma Productions since 2017.