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Welcome to Dreams Factory


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Welcome to Dreams Factory


 

Welcome to Dreams Factory

Dreams Factory is an Emmy Award-winning production company known for its unique style of creative work and the passion for excellence. Dreams Factory is a place where filmmakers and artists come together and create magic for your next project, providing the latest technology and tools needed to make your vision come to life. Dreams Factory has the ability to bring projects from concept to finish, allowing for a closer collaboration between artists, clients and others involved in the often complex but exciting process. 

 

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Eyes of the Future


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Eyes of the Future


Eyes of the Future/Conexus

Director: Sunny Zhao
DP: Sunny Zhao
Editor: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Agency: Smash
Creative Director: Sunny Zhao

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Print n Play


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Print n Play


Print n Play/Virginia Lottery

Director: Sunny Zhao
DP: Sunny Zhao
Editor: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Creative Director: Adam McClellan

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Virginia Lottery Throw Back


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Virginia Lottery Throw Back


THROW BACK 70'S

Directors: Sunny Zhao & Ryan Bosworth
DP: Sunny Zhao
Editor/VFX Artist: Ryan Bosworth
Music Director: Sunny Zhao
Composer: Martin Blockson
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Agency: StoryWerks
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Executive Producer: Dee Briggs

THROW BACK 80'S

Directors: Sunny Zhao & Ryan Bosworth
DP: Sunny Zhao
Editor/VFX Artist: Ryan Bosworth
Music Director: Sunny Zhao
Composer: Martin Blockson
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Agency: StoryWerks
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Executive Producer: Dee Briggs

THROW BACK 90'S

Directors: Sunny Zhao & Ryan Bosworth
DP: Sunny Zhao
Editor/VFX Artist: Ryan Bosworth
Music Director: Sunny Zhao
Composer: Martin Blockson
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Agency: StoryWerks
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Executive Producer: Dee Briggs

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Virginia Lottery "Grillin' Season"


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Virginia Lottery "Grillin' Season"


Stampede

Director: Michael Chaves
DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Leigh Hagan
Agency: Big River
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Art Director: Noel Ritter
Copywriter: Marcel Jennings
Agency Producer: Dee Briggs

Visitor

Director: Michael Chaves
DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Leigh Hagan
Agency: Big River
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Art Director: Noel Ritter
Copywriter: Marcel Jennings
Agency Producer: Dee Briggs

 

Prepare

Director: Michael Chaves
DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Leigh Hagan
Agency: Big River
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Art Director: Noel Ritter
Copywriter: Marcel Jennings
Agency Producer: Dee Briggs

Escape

Director: Michael Chaves
DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Leigh Hagan
Agency: Big River
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Art Director: Noel Ritter
Copywriter: Marcel Jennings
Agency Producer: Dee Briggs

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Music Videos - McBeth


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Music Videos - McBeth


125 Pounds

Original Concept: Sunny Zhao
Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Editor: Sunny Zhao
Producer: Tim Dowdle
Starring:
McAyla Beatley as herself
Beth Martin as herself
Nicole Zavska as the mom
Miles Hagan as the son
Artist: McBeth
Artist Management: Artesian Entertainment Group

Rest of Time

Original Concept: Sunny Zhao
Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Editor: Sunny Zhao
Producer: Tim Dowdle
Starring:
McAyla Beatley as herself
Beth Martin as herself
Joe Winter as the man
Cellist: Alex
Artist: McBeth
Artist Management: Artesian Entertainment Group

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Richmond Crimestoppers


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Richmond Crimestoppers


Q Man

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Sunny Zhao
Creative Director: Dave King
Art Director: Tim Holt
Agency: The King Agency

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MidMichigan Health


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MidMichigan Health


Better Life.  Better Health.

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Sunny Zhao
Agency: Neathawk Dubuque & Packett
Creative Director: Jason Anderson

 

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Virginia Lottery "Jeep Seeker"


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Virginia Lottery "Jeep Seeker"


Rough Neighborhood

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Scott Witthaus
Agency: Big River
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Agency Producer: Dee Briggs

The Chase

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Tom Maher
Agency: Big River
Creative Director: Terry Taylor
Agency Producer: Dee Briggs

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Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU


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Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU


Split Screen

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Sunny Zhao
Agency: Neathawk Dubuque & Packett
Creative Director: Jason Anderson
Art Director: Chereen Baramki

Blanket Fort

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Leigh Hagan
Agency: Neathawk Dubuque & Packett
Creative Director: Jason Anderson
Art Director: Chereen Baramki

Guitar

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Editor: Leigh Hagan
Agency: Neathawk Dubuque & Packett
Creative Director: Jason Anderson
Art Director: Chereen Baramki

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Richmond Fashion Week


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Richmond Fashion Week


Feel The Moment

Director/DP: Sunny Zhao
Executive Producer: Tim Dowdle
Original Concept: Sunny Zhao

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About Us


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About Us


Sunny Zhao

Director/DP
sunny@dreamsfactory.com

Sunny Zhao, an Emmy Award­-winning director and founder of Dreams Factory, is one of the most creative, passionate, and fun people you’ll ever meet. His love for filmmaking occupies nearly every waking moment; from the way he tells stories and jokes to the endless hours spent researching film, music, art, fashion, and technology, Sunny thrives on working in a positive and enthusiastic way. For Sunny, passion and emotion are primary ingredients to how he approaches his love for visual storytelling.

Sunny has developed an unmistakable visual style. He strives to capture the beauty and meaning in each element, weaving the footage together with great depth and complexity to create a visual journey that the viewer would want to experience again and again.

Growing up on a nearly abandoned art compound in China, Sunny spent his early childhood wandering through ghostly film sets, performance halls, and rehearsal spaces. It was this quiet and contemplative atmosphere that fostered his imagination. The skills and expertise Sunny has gained as a musician and director have led him to a point where he has the ability to not only visualize a project in his head down to the fine details but also execute it beyond expectations. Whether your film is thirty seconds long or three hours in length, Sunny is a believer in applying his passion and drive one hundred percent. When not filming you’ll find him cooking the finest Chinese dumplings you’ve ever tasted with a smile from ear to ear. 

 

 

Tim Dowdle

Executive Producer
tdowdle@dreamsfactory.com

Tim Dowdle is the executive producer at Dreams Factory. He also holds a seat on the Board of Directors of The Virginia Production Alliance and the Committee for Workforce Development for film industry in Virginia.

He hails from Kansas City where one of his pivotal high school experiences was working as an assistant manager at a movie theater. It was this exposure to a seemingly endless amount of motion pictures that initiated his real passion for film. After attending Kansas University he moved to the East Coast, living in Annapolis, MD for a period of time, followed by a move to Virginia where he started to work for Dreams Factory in the early 2000s.

Tim has an affinity for anticipating agency and client requirements, as well as the artistic needs of the creative team members; he is the voice of calmness under pressure. Having experienced the production business from all aspects and positions, he has a solid understanding of every department and the sheer amount of teamwork that is required to turn a great concept into an award-­winning piece of work. 

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Contact


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Contact


Richmond VA  804-368-1718

New York  917-732-7618

Los Angeles 310-984-6836

Sunny Zhao - Director    Ext 8
sunny@dreamsfactory.com

Tim Dowdle - Executive Producer    Ext 6
tdowdle@dreamsfactory.com

Clara Lee - Executive Producer    Ext 5
clara@dreamsfactory.com