Film-Maker's Dreams Coming True in the US; Technology Vividly Brings History to Life

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Byline: Sally Williams

A PIONEERING Cardiff film company is set to make it big in America with a lucrative deal on prime time US television.

Wild Dream Films, an independent film company based in the capital, has secured major deals with A&E Networks, which owns the History Channel.

It is set to produce "high impact" two-hour spectaculars focusing on events in the American Civil War, which will take their computer graphics to new heights by recreating ancient machines that have not been seen for thousands of years.

Stuart Clarke, 43, the company'smanaging director, said: "We are developing a new high definition technology which will allow us to bring history to life in a way that is so lifelike that the viewer will almost feel that they are in the programme themselves.

"Revisiting history needs to be done in a highly visual way if we are to keep attracting the viewers in the face of competition. We are continually evolving to keep ahead of the game."

Stuart set up Wild Dream Films after working on the BBC's Byker Grove - which launched the careers of Ant and Dec - and also brought viewers The Vanishing of Richey Manic, about missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards.

The company's big break was Space Tourists, a film for S4C and Discovery Wings which included interviews with Buzz Aldrin and Richard Branson and sold to over 50 countries worldwide, with a global audience of 50 million viewers. …