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DigitalCity filmmaker’s viking makeover

DigitalCity is helping a young filmmaker to get an unusual film commissioned by a national television company.

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Marc Ganley has already written the script for his feature length documentary, entitled Ragnarok- The Last Viking Invasion of England.

DigitalCity is now helping Marc, who is originally from Wakefield and studied film and television production at the University of Teesside, to seek funding which will allow him to make a short trailer over the summer about the film for commissioning editors.

Marc is currently being mentored, through the DigitalCity programme, by the internationally award-winning drama and documentary film maker, Peter M Kershaw from Duchy Parade Films in Harrogate.

Peter, who has picked up a Royal Television Society Award for his short film Wilfred, is not only producing the project but is working with Marc to introduce him to commissioning editors around the UK.

Ragnarok, which details how the last Viking invasion of England passed through the North East via the River Tees, has already received interest from several television broadcasters.

Marc, who has also completed a DigitalCity Fellowship, is now working on the trailer for the film. DigitalCity has provided him with access to their resources which include some of the most advanced industry technology available.

Marc commented: 'Ragnarok is a pretty unusual film because of the nature of the subject. Much of the film is based around the north of England and, using the digital technology available at DigitalCity, I will be able to recreate some spectacular, realistic scenes from the Viking invasion. Commissioning editors already seem really excited by my ideas and I'm now working to raise funds to help me put together a trailer which will then hopefully lead to a full commission.'

Scott Watson, enterprise co-ordinator for DigitalCity, added: 'Marc's creativity and ideas have already provoked a lot of interest from the film and television industry. With the help of his mentor he now has the interest of several commissioning editors who have asked for a trailer. Although we can provide the equipment, special effects technology and some technical support, the difficult part is raising the funds to buy in the expertise needed to recreate the battle scenes. This is something that we are trying to help Marc with to ensure that he's able to produce a highly polished trailer of broadcast quality.'

24 April 2008

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