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Doctor Who: Chimera

Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 5:05pm

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davidnagel

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DAM Films is proud to present their first "Doctor Who" fan film entitled "Chimera" written by Matthew Chambers.

Starring Matthew Chambers and David Nagel as the Doctor with Michael Maher as companion Mike.

Incidental Music by BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Original Theme by Ron Grainer. Theme Arrangment by Ben Hammer. Opening Title Sequence by Thelema. Visual Effects (which could be alot better) by David Nagel.

"Doctor Who" work mark and device trademarks are used in a non-profit sense and remain the property of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
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Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 7:46pm

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Is that the same Matthew Chambers who bought my old Hybrid costume?
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 7:54pm

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I've only seen the trailer, but I am going to watch the hole thong tomorow... I'll promise sleep
Posted: Fri, 3rd Sep 2004, 11:07pm

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I laughed quite a lot at this ... even if it was only at seeing the old Hybrid cossie again ...

Possibly the Doctor(s) wouldn't be walking around with their scripts and bootles of coke in their pockets. The wind roar made some of teh dialogue tricky to hear and 34meg for ten minutes at 320x240 is poor compression.

One of the Doctors was quite a bit better than the other and the story could have beneifted from more of a sense of threat.
Posted: Sat, 4th Sep 2004, 9:19am

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hehehehe EXCELLENT what more can I say? Matt: your acting is supurb, very Colin Baker (who I actually think was one of the better doctors, contraversial as it may sound wink ), and the the dialogue between the two of you is very well caried off (rip off your arm and beat your mother to death? where have I heard that before razz ). The effects of the time scoop are well on par with the remastered 5 Doctors, though I was a little disappointed to see no laser blasts coming from the Daleks (woo real Daleks!) even though they were supposed to be actors. I'll concur that the windshielding was pretty poor to non-existant though, which was a shame. Even with my crappy old JVC cam I was able to blu tak some foam over the mic, with surprisingly good results. All in all I'll give it a 4, purely because it entertained me and is true to the mid-80s series, right down to the appallingly bad costume and because you had the balls to go film somewhere quite obviously public despite the fact most peoples efforts are hampered by idiots waving to their mum at the fist sign of a camera. Roll on part 2!
Posted: Sat, 4th Sep 2004, 10:20am

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This was awsome, really great. Waiting for episode 2 now... keep it up.
Posted: Sat, 4th Sep 2004, 2:52pm

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That was great... 4 stars. It took forever to load on a cable connection though.
Posted: Sat, 4th Sep 2004, 5:47pm

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Cheers for the positive feedback guys!

Its our first ever "Doctor Who" film and I wasn't expecting the nice comments! It has its problems, mainly the wind with the mic which I didn't do my best to protect - when you are struggling to remember your lines its quite difficult to maintain overal control! But I think we managed to achieve something quite unique and entertaining - which I'm glad some of you were! And I (the shorter Doctor) wish I remembered my lines - I prefer audio plays!

That is indeed Matthew Chambers, stqagehanduk, though I didn't know it was your costume! Unfortunately after the extensive use we gave the costume, it has unfortunately fallen to pieces, the mask was badly damaged during the recording of the villian in his lair (if you saw the original footage you will see the tears). Its a shame it can't be used again as bringing the Chimera back would be great - or at least a cameo somewhere!

I apologise for the Quicktime coding, I haven't had much experience with Quicktime compression, so if anyone can help me make it smaller - do contact me!

As for the scripts and bottles of coke... at Longleat (where most of the action was filmed) I didn't actually notice until I saw the rushes when we got home - so why wreck continuity? so the script was bunged into my pocket for the rest of the film!

Once Episode Two is out, look forward to a movie version of the film with added special effects and an original score! biggrin
Posted: Sat, 4th Sep 2004, 9:32pm

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I enjoyed this very much. It reminded me of the series, almost to a tee.
I thought that the wind issues with the sound were par on track with those experienced during some of the earlier scenes from the original series as well.
As for the scrips and what not in ones pockets. I really didn't notice all that much, but wouldn't that be an interesting twist for the Doctors to find, especially after the part where the Daleks were opened to see the actor inside. "Hmm, what's this. It appears to be some sort of script." "Why, I think you're right, and, oh my, what did you just say? Take a look at page 12." "Amazing, it's like the script is writing itself as we talk..."


You get the idea.
Nice work 4 of 5.
Posted: Sat, 4th Sep 2004, 10:03pm

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Right - I'm not a Doctor Who fan, let me state that first of all.

I've only seen the trailer, as I'm on 56k sad But, I have a question...

Is that bad/evil thing the predator crazy ?

To me, it certainly looks like it. I assume that it's not though, yeah?

I did like the trailer though twisted I'll try to watch the whole thing soon and then rate once I've seen that.

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Sun, 5th Sep 2004, 10:12am

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Glad you liked the trailer mate.

No, that thing isn't the Predator... though now you come to mention it, it does *kind of * look like the Pred. Hmm.

Hope you like the first episode when you get to it!
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2004, 3:58pm

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YOU TOOK THE MUSIC FROM MY TRAILER!!

Just Kidding, but that was the exact music I have in my trailer (not uploaded).

Well done trailer, haven't seen the full thing though.

I've been wondering how people do that light effect behind the text in your trailer. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

Good Job
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2004, 4:09pm

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It's a plugin for AE called Trapcode Shine
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2004, 7:08pm

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Yup, its a plugin called 'Shine' by Trapcode. I have it for Adobe Premiere and its marvellous. It was also used for the blue triangle thing's POV shot at the beginning of ths film/episode one.
Posted: Mon, 6th Sep 2004, 9:03pm

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Love the idea. Acting was good, but some of your framing could be better. Sound was awful. Get a decent mic with a softie!

Also, is it just me or did the monster dude pronounce his name wrong? "Chimera" is pronounced "Ky-meer-a", not "chim-er-a" as said by the monster:-

n 1. unrealistic hope or idea. 2. fabled monster with a lions head, goats body and serpent's tail.

adj. chimerical

look forward to episode 2
Posted: Fri, 10th Sep 2004, 11:03am

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davidnagel

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Everyone in the production pronounced "Chimera" the same way the Chimera did! So lets just say its his *name*
Posted: Sun, 12th Sep 2004, 8:43am

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I can't say i've seen better acting in any other FXHome movie. (and i have seen most of them.)

Keep up the good work!
Posted: Wed, 18th May 2005, 12:33am

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Well its been a bloody long while but Chimera: Episode Two is finally here!

Download and enjoy!
Posted: Mon, 7th Nov 2005, 9:43am

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DAM Films' CHIMERA has been taken down from FXHOME for both a complete overhaul, a file format change, and a rehosting.

We apologise to those currently downloading or otherwise intended!

If you would like to check out other Doctor Who fan films, then please check out our new Doctor Who Fan Film Database at www.dwffdb.bravehost.com

David Nagel
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www.damproductions.org
Posted: Tue, 26th Aug 2008, 10:16am

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Yes, this thread is very old, but here I go, resurrecting it, the fan film "Chimera" is now available for streaming.

Please visit http://www.doctorwho.damproductions.org/html/stass/stass03.htm for more information

Do check out more Doctor Who fan films online at the Doctor Who Fan Film Database at www.dwffdb.bravehost.com

Kind Regards,


David.
Posted: Tue, 26th Aug 2008, 8:07pm

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Looks pretty good, but you have some serious interlacing problems on your streaming version.

Also, when you pan round the Dalek you can see the shadow of the cameraman on the body of the Dalek.
Posted: Wed, 27th Aug 2008, 12:25pm

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Travis Kunze

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Very Nicely done, did you actually have those Daleks!! The looked real thats for sure!

I agree there is some interlace issues but over all its well done.