Dark Dunes Productions is an Abu Dhabi based film production company that was founded by Emirati businessman Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki in August 2013. It specializes in making horror, science-fiction and fantasy films with a special emphasis on practical creature special effects and story telling.
While the HQ of Dark Dunes is located in the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the company produces and co-produces films on an international level in countries such as the United States and United Kingdom with plans to expand into other regions.
Dark Dunes prides itself on its alliance with talented filmmakers and other production companies from around the world who share the same vision and love of monsters. By aligning itself with both fresh talents and experienced players in the industry, it takes the best of both worlds and combines them into creating films that are unique and enjoyable.
Even though the company is still in its infancy, it has taken on a number of projects that include “Lord of Tears” with Hex Media in Scotland and “Harbinger Down” with ADI Studio in Los Angeles. The third Dark Dunes film, Kids vs Monsters, finished shooting in Los Angeles in May 2014 and will be released in 2015. The team is currently in production on Yamasong: March of the Hollows, a fantastical puppet film that will be directed by Sam Koji Hale and is executive produced by Toby Froud and Heather Henson.
Meet The Team
Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
Born on the 24th August in 1982, Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki is an Emirati film-maker and businessman from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Sultan graduated with a Higher Diploma in Business Administration in 2005 from Abu Dhabi Men’s College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management in 2008. In the past he has worked in a number of public sector companies in his hometown in the Oil & Gas, Banking, Wealth Management and Alternative Energy industries and having gained experience in Leadership, Finance, Employee Relations, Marketing and Risk Management. In 2012, he has retired from the public sector and went on to manage his family’s group of companies which is known as “Al Darmaki Group”.
At end of 2012, He started getting into film-making upon discovering Kickstarter and helping a number of independent movies get produced as well as forging alliances and making relations with film-makers around the world.
Sultan has been a big fan of horror, science fiction and fantasy films ever since he was a child, with King Kong being his first exposure to creature features. This is what drove him to become a film-maker.
In August 2013, he created Dark Dunes Productions.
Mallory began working for Dark Dunes Productions in the summer of 2013, shortly after the company was started. She was heavily involved in organizing and running horror events around New England when she met Sultan at NecronomiCon, a New England convention celebrating the work of H.P. Lovecraft, in August 2013. Imbued with a lifelong love of the strange, horror and monsters are her passion. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Gavin joined the Dark Dunes team in December of 2013, when Sultan tapped his creative abilities to design the creatures for the film Kids vs Monsters. His previous work in graphic design and cinematography can be seen in Lord of Tears, the first Dark Dunes co-production with Scottish film-making team Hex Media. He lives in Kirkcaldy, Fife with his wife and two daughters.