Yamasong Updates

The Dark Dunes team is thrilled to announce that Yamasong: March of the Hollows has begun shooting and is developing into quite an incredible project! The first week of puppet shooting is wrapped, and we are almost entirely cast. Yamasong will be brought to life by Malcolm McDowell, Bruce Davison, George Takei, Nathan Fillion, Ed Asner, Peter Weller, and Abigail Breslin, with two more female supporting characters not yet ready to be announced. We are extremely proud and excited to bring this incredible group of talent together on such a unique project.


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Abigail Breslin, director Sam Koji Hale and producer Sultan Saeed al Darmaki with Nani, the Patchwork Girl.

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Bruce Davison and director Sam Koji Hale with P’Torr, the Exile.

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Malcolm McDowell recording the voice of his character Lord Geer.

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George Takei and producer Sultan Saeed al Darmaki with the puppet of George’s character, Elder Masook.

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Nathan Fillion, the voice of Shojun, Yamasong’s male lead, with producers Mallory O’Meara and Sultan Saeed al Darmaki and director Sam Koji Hale.

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Peter Weller with his character Brujt and the team.

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Ed Asner voices Elder Pyreez.

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Stay tuned for more updates on the magic of Yamasong!

Happy New Year!

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!


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Yamasong Updates

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!


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Yamasong: March of the Hollows

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.

Promotional Stills for Kids vs Monsters

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!

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SFX artist Dave Snyder touches up the make-up for Mr. Beet.

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Babette takes a break on set.

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Malcolm McDowell as the Boss Monster lords over the Monster Dimension.

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The throne of the Monster Dimension.

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Lance Henriksen as Heinrich.

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Who will survive the night?

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Demonic Daisy and Rebecca on set.

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The parents are ready for carnage!

Stay tuned for the trailer and the first glimpse of Kids vs Monsters!

Kids vs Monsters – Post Production

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!

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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.”

Get to know our director!
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