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Low-budget film-maker on verge of US deal; Wirral-made sci-fi production Dreamscape could earn millions.

Byline: MATT HURST

A FILM made in Wirral for pounds 5,000 is on the verge of an international distribution deal that could see it generate millions.

Daniel Fox's Dreamscape is entirely self-financed and produced, but the Neston-based film-maker could be a couple of signatures away from generating up to pounds 5m over five years.

The 28-year-old has received offers from at least six US companies who specialise in distributing films across the world to TV channels and on to DVD.

Mr Fox said: "Sample contracts have been sent through from US distributors who have international links, and we're trying to get interest from a few UK ones as well.

"We licence the rights for a specified period of time, they promote the film, put it on DVD and you get a percentage.

"We're hoping to make a decision about who to go with, and should sign within the next month."

Mr Fox, who runs production company, Chat Noir with business partner Mark Ellingham, shot Dreamscape entirely on location in Birkenhead, Wallasey, Liverpool, Chester, Ellesmere Port, Neston and Wrexham, where he attended university.

After winning the feature film award at 2008's Wirral International Film Festival, Mr Fox and his team reworked the footage to extend it to full feature length.

Since then there has been constant interest from distribution companies.

He said: "The film is a sci-fi thriller, with quite a 70s feel to it.

"It's about a bored businessman, who goes to a company called Dreamscape.

"They offer ideal dream sequences, so he signs up.

"In the first half, he goes on a fantastic James Bond-like adventure, shooting people and chasing girls and getting pieces of information he has to pass to somebody else.

"He wakes up thinking he's had the most fantastic dream, because that's the idea, but then slowly begins to realise that in fact, it was all real and he's been used."

Wirral International Film Festival organiser Alan Veste describes Daniel Fox as "definitely one to look out for".

He said: "I think it's a great result and it shows that we're serious.

"There are serious film-makers out there and they need to have their work shown."

Mr Fox enlisted the help of his brother Joe to write the musical score and build mock-up cityscapes to aid special effects, while professional actors and actresses worked for free to bring the project to fruition.

The film-maker has pedigree, having already picked up a best international short film award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, for his 2004 production, Vendetta.

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Joseph Fox, winner of Best Feature Score A scene from low budget sci-fi film Dreamscape Daniel Fox, left, and Mark Ellingham with Fred, one of the props from their film Dreamscape
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