Dreams Factory is pleased to share the samples below as reference to the creativity and quality that is put forth in our production and filming of television commercials, online videos, corporate videos and internal videos. With twenty years of experience filming healthcare and other commercials, inside hospitals, ER's and offices, as well as a variety of remote locations, we have the ability to easily work within the often fast paced, busy schedule of surgeon's, and the hectic environments of hospitals and other environments.

It’s a Brand New Day - Rex UNC Cancer Care

One Belt One Road

Eyes of the Future - Conexus for Better Vision

Hunter and Dog - McGeorge Toyota

More Life More Health - MidMichigan Health University of Michigan Health System

Blanket Fort - Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Connect Us Together - Revitalization of historic Main Street Station

Gift - Trailer for the feature length movie

Director’s Show Reel - Director Sunny Zhao


Dreams Factory originally established in 1994 by director/cinematographer, artist and musician, Sunny Zhao, is a newer breed of production company. We produce and create visual content specifically tailored for your brand. Whether it’s TV commercials, web videos, corporate presentations, movies, music videos, or content for new media outlets, we have the creativity, the knowledge and experience to bring your vision to life, achieving the highest and best results.

All of our efforts go in to each production. We treat each of our clients with an individual and personal approach, aiming very high and consistently exceed expectations on every project, while staying within budget. We're always excited to work with you.




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. Originally a buckeye from Akron Ohio, and 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 client and agency 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. 


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