About Us

Need training or help understanding things? Trying to find out about the past? Just want to hear a good story? Whatever led you to Ptara, we’re glad to help.

Ptara loves story, it’s in our DNA. From ancient history to family history, from classic French literature to modern biopics, we know all about story.

Our staff have been trained in French, film, media production, visual arts, writing and biology. Curious and creative, we love learning, and we love art.

The Ptara story (abridged):

Many years ago, during the last millennium, a toy flying reptile was lost, somewhere on the road from Texas to Colorado. Tired of being crammed in the car for the long car ride, it flew off, to the ancient land of Ptara. The boy who owned that bird didn’t have perfect spelling, but he used to call it Ptara-bird.

Years later, when that little boy had grown up, a new Ptara hatched out of a bedtime story he told. She was a mixture of Pterodactyl and ptarmigan.

The boy had met an artist, who created clay model of this new Ptara.  This clay Ptara flew into a music video and was ready for a life of adventure.

However, the creators of the music videos began working on other projects, and around 2008, she flew off.

Then, as a little cartoon boy named Dewi travelled to France to find his lost dog, he saw a pirate ship, which flew the flag of a lady named Ptara. She had the image of Ptara in the “p” of her name.

As Dewi continued to search for Ryan, became a blog of storytelling, fact and fiction.  Stories of pirates, real and imagined, joined other events from history, and classic and new tales mixed on this very webpage.

Then, the creators of the music videos began making feature films. The pirate flag had become their trademark, and the innocent little plastic reptile became a corporation.  Well, it was a tiny corporation.  A limited company, they call it, and Ptara ltd was born.

The boy who owned the little plastic Ptara-bird thought that he made up the word Ptara all along.  But, the truth was, Ptara was much older than he was.

When researching the old annals of history, he discovered that the word had been used in the age of his great-great-great grandmother, by an archaeologist searching for lost civilisations.

At first, it seemed that the archaeologist couldn’t Pteria correctly. But, he went for a more ancient spelling, one that was older than the English language itself.

And now, it seems that the lost civilisation of Pteria is where all the Ptaras were flying off to. Just as the city of Pteria had disappeared from maps, so had the spelling “Ptara” disappeared from books.  But Ptara is alive and well, in our memories and in our imagination.

Ptara today

We began researching for our own stories and project.  Now, we’re opening our research services to other projects.

Ptara is more ancient than tradition.

Sometimes, the traditional methods just don’t work, and you want to try an alternative route.  An ancient, forgotten way of doing things.

When we made this showreel of birds, we did not find Ptara flying in the air.  What we found a way of speaking to the imagination, a way that cannot be written with words, a method that works when you learn to listen to your intuition.

Anyone who has carefully researched history online, whether it be for a family tree or to solve an old mystery, will know about alternative facts.  The marriage certificate may spell your ancestor’s name one way, but the birth certificate says another.  Different sources don’t always agree.

Ptara itself is an alternative spelling of the lost ancient city of Pteria.  Historians place Pteria is somewhere East of Greece, in Eastern Turkey or perhaps even Syria or Iran.

We specialise in finding those odd sources, those seemingly mythical facts. We using alternative sources and alternative methods to find what at first may seem invisible.

When you’re about to give up, give Ptara a call.  With imagination, we can do the impossible.