2014 was a productive and exciting year for Dark Dunes Productions! Both films Kids vs Monsters and Harbinger Down were shot, and pre-production began on Yamasong: March of the Hollows. We are extremely proud and pleased of all that we accomplished in 2014 and are looking forward to even more excitement in 2015, including new projects, releasing Kids vs Monsters and bringing our monsters to as many new audiences as we can.
The team is thrilled to start out the year by announcing a distribution deal for Harbinger Down. There will be a limited theatrical release in at least 10 cities, after which it will go to the VOD market. Further details of the release are forthcoming.
From all of us at Dark Dunes, we wish you a happy new year!
The Dark Dunes team is thrilled to report that Yamasong: March of the Hollows is moving full steam ahead. Many of the puppets and miniature sets are completed and they are a sight to behold.
We also are thrilled to announce that, as executive producers, Toby Froud and Heather Henson will be presenting this film! It is an honor to have two artists and filmmakers so integral to continuing puppetry in film bring their respective legacies to Yamasong. Toby Froud’s latest short film Lessons Learned is a gorgeous vision that has stirred up a lot of excitement in the entertainment world for puppet films and continuing the fantastical Froud tradition. Heather Henson’s IBEX Puppetry company has been working for 14 years to outreach and further the fine art of puppetry. Dark Dunes Productions is proud to have Toby and Heather on the Yamasong team.
Stay tuned for more updates!
The Dark Dunes team is thrilled to finally be able to announce our latest co-production – Yamasong! The feature length sequel to the award-winning short film, Yamasong: March of the Hollows is a puppet film directed by Sam Koji Hale and written by author Ekaterina Sedia. We are beyond excited to be partnering with Sam to bring this incredible and fantastical puppet vision to life. Currently in pre-production, Yamasong will be an exciting addition to the Dark Dunes Productions roster. Watch the trailer for the original short below to get a taste of the beautiful and amazing world of Yamasong.
In anticipation of the release of the Kids vs Monsters trailer this week, the team at Dark Dunes has released a score of amazing behind-the-scenes pictures of the kids, parents, monsters and mayhem of the film. Here’s a taste!
Stay tuned for the trailer and the first glimpse of Kids vs Monsters!
Hey, monster fans! The Dark Dunes team have just returned from another successful trip to Los Angeles, during which a lot of Kids vs Monsters post production magic happened! We are getting closer to a final product and are very happy with how the madness is shaping up. The film is picture locked; time for a score, ADR and some additional visual special effects. Stay tuned for news regarding a release date!
Here is director Sultan Saeed al Darmaki and associate producer Mallory O’Meara recording ADR and monster noises at Sonic Magic studios!
Monster fans, make sure to take a peek at the new Behind the Scenes page on the Kids vs Monsters website! Fantastic shots by writer Sarah Daly show some of the fun and madness that was a daily part of life on the set.
The following link will take you to a wonderful interview Dark Dunes CEO Sultan Saeed al Darmaki did with A&E Playground about directing Kids vs Monsters, executive-producing Harbinger Down and working with Amalgamated Dynamics.
“When it comes to the love of monster movies, there are no boundaries. I think it is the fantasy element of these films that excites people, no matter what country you’re from. Good storytelling and monsters are universal to all languages and cultures.”
Greetings, monster fans! We are very happy to report some wonderful things happening at Dark Dunes. Our latest project, Kids vs. Monsters, finished shooting in Los Angeles on May 14th and we are deep in post-production already! We are very happy with how it is coming along so far and are looking forward to being able to share it with the world. Visit the official website, www.kidsversusmonsters.com, for more information about the project. In the meantime, here are some great pictures from monster-creating pre-production at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. and shooting on location.