Dusty Symonds was the first assistant director for The Dark Crystal. He worked alongside co-directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Symonds had previously worked with Jim Henson on The Great Muppet Caper and went on to work with Frank Oz on Little Shop of Horrors, filling the role of first assistant director for both films. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Dinotopia, and had producing and directing responsibilities on many other features, including A Clockwork OrangeSleepy HollowThe WitchesSuperman II and more recently, Sleepy HollowJakob the Liar and The Phantom of The Opera.

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