Dreams Factory, originally established in 1994 by Emmy Award - winning director/cinematographer, artist and musician, Sunny Zhao, has transformed into one of the newer breeds of production companies, yet with over twenty years of experience. We produce visual content specifically tailored to our client's needs, whether it’s TV commercials, web videos, content for new media outlets, corporate presentations, public service announcements, movies, or music videos, we have the creativity, knowledge and experience to bring your vision to life.

We like to treat our clients with an individual and personal approach, always aiming high and consistently exceeding expectations on every project, while staying within your budget. All of us at Dreams Factory are pleased to share the samples below as reference to the creativity, quality and care that will be put forth in work for our friends at The Martin Agency. 

One Belt One Road - Directed by Sunny Zhao who lead a team through China, Greece and Europe during the production. The video played during the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road summit in Beijing, China, which was attended by over 68 world leaders. One Belt One Road is also currently airing on CCTV (China's largest television network) as well as broadcast outlets around the globe.

Hunter and Dog - Commercial for McGeorge Toyota won the Gold in Best Overall at this year's Richmond Ad Show.

Trailer for “Gift” - Feature length movie, written, directed and shot by Sunny Zhao. Screened during Cannes 2018.

Eyes of the Future - Television commercial for Conexus for Healthy Vision

Bubble Wrap

Upside Down - PSA Help for Gambling Addiction

Throw Back 90’s - All live action footage, animations, drawings, and original music by Dreams Factory




Sunny Zhao, an Emmy Award­-winning director and founder of Dreams Factory, has the reputation of telling a story with remarkable visual style and artistic sensibility. His love for filmmaking occupies nearly every waking moment. When not filming, you’ll find him researching film, music, art, fashion, history, and the latest film technology.

Growing up in an artistic family, Sunny spent part of his early childhood on an abandoned art compound in China, where he explored ghostly film sets, performance halls, and rehearsal studios. It was this quiet and contemplative atmosphere that fostered his imagination. He taught himself how to paint in various mediums and won the “Rising Young Artist” award when he was 11 years old. Upon graduating from middle school, through competition, he was selected to attend the prestigious Shenyang Conservatory of Music to study classical music full time. After a successful music career as a pop vocalist, Sunny moved to the U.S. and founded Dreams Factory, a successful boutique production company, to pursue his passion for visual arts.

Whether the project is thirty seconds long or three hours in length, Sunny is a believer in applying his dedication and drive one hundred percent. Sunny 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. He has created TV ad campaigns for clients such as Seiko Watch, Walmart, GEICO, UPS, Miller Lite, CCTV of China, Virginia Lottery and Virginia Tourism, and many others. His artistic skills, deep understanding of music, and creativity have brought him to a place where he is being recognized for his unique talent.

Sunny's latest work is a full length feature film titled "Gift", which tells an extraordinary story about music, love, tragedy, and friendship. “Gift” just premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It is a great showcase of his talent in both music and visual arts.



Executive Producer

Tim Dowdle is one of the executive producers 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. After attending Kansas University he moved to the East Coast, living in the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis, MD region, followed by a move to Virginia where he started working with Sunny and Dreams Factory in the early 2000s. 

Tim has an affinity for anticipating agency and client requirements, as well as artistic needs of the creative team; 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. 

Dreams Factory is proud to work with clients such as: