Dark Dunes Productions has arrived and announcement of its first co-production: “Lord of Tears”
I am proud to announce the creation of my own film production company:
Founded by Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki in August 2013, Dark Dunes Productions is an Abu Dhabi based film production company that produces Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy films on an international level and will get itself involved as a key player in the global film community especially in those genres mentioned.
Since the beginning of the year I have been helping out a lot of independent movies either directly or through Kickstarter, because of this I have built up relations and forged alliances with liked-minded people that share the same passion for scary films with creatures in them.
This is a new adventure for me as last year I never imagined myself entering into this foray, however I am excited about this and will do my best to make films as … Read More »
Sultan’s Kickstarter Picks: “Lessons Learned” by Toby Froud and “The Ningyo” by Miguel Ortega
Here are two exciting projects for you to check out and support on Kickstarter
LESSONS LEARNED: A Practical Puppet Short Film by Toby Froud
Lessons Learned is a practical puppet short film that is to the tune of two of my favourite films, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, and incidentally the creator of this short is Toby Froud is the son of Brian and Wendy Froud who both worked with Jim Henson on what I considered are his two masterpieces. Toby also had a role in Labyrinth where he played the baby that was kidnapped by David Bowie…err I mean the Goblin King now that is more exciting than finding out who was the baby in Nirvana’s Nevermind album.
Following in the footsteps out his parents, Toby made a name for himself by gaining experiences from Weta (King Kong and The Chronicles of … Read More »
My UK visit in June and articles about Sultan on Brutal As Hell and Wall Street Journal
It has been over a month since I posted, well apart from myself being busy with my UK visit, the website was undergoing another change in designs (and I have a feeling this will stay longer than the previous designs). During June, I have had the pleasure of visiting UK again where I was having multiple meetings/interviews mainly concerning about The Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby and my role as Festival President.
The first part of my visit took me to North Yorkshire where I started with a BBC radio interview in Middlesbrough, then I spent the majority of the time in the town of Whitby where I did a number of other interviews with Yorkshire Coast Radio, Whitby Gazette newspaper, BBC North TV spot, Northern Echo newspaper and (my most favourite interview) Brutal As Hell online magazine. … Read More »
Sultan’s Kickstarter Picks: “Blood Kiss” by Michael Reaves
Hope you are all well, been a busy week with making preparations for my travel to UK. So here is the thing: I found a very exciting project on Kickstarter that is a new take on the vampire film genre and is having a super combination of people working on it. Already it is has surpassed its goal and is now trying to reach its first stretch goal.
Children of the night…I give you: BLOOD KISS by Michael Reaves
Blood Kiss is a vampire noir film created by the legendary Michael Reaves, for those of you who haven’t heard of him, he is an award-winning writer who has worked on many prolific 80′s/90′s cartoons and TV shows such as Batman The Animated Series, Star Trek TNG, Twilight Zone, He-Man, Spiderman and his Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and list goes on. He … Read More »
Sultan’s Kickstarter Guides: Common mistakes to avoid with your projects part 1 – Pledge Sequence
Two months ago I made a post called “Sultan’s 10 tips for making your Kickstarter campaigns successful” which had a couple of positive feedback. So I have decided to do a series of posts which highlights the common mistakes one can do with their kickstarter projects and what project creators can do to avoid them.
I am on Kickstarter constantly, browsing through numerous projects almost every 6 hours over the past 6 months since I started. I have seen the good, the bad and the “Ow! My Eyes!” kind of ugly. Over that time, I have analysed a lot of projects to see what separates the successful ones from the unsuccessful ones and still I am learning something new almost everyday.
The purpose of my guides? To help you build a better presentation for your project on Kickstarter. Think of your Kickstarter … Read More »