written by Jennifer Adams Kelley, Steve Hill, and Robert Warnock
|Nicola Bryant||Jennifer Adams Kelley|
|Man in Waiting Room||Azim Husain|
|Production Assistant||Dave Broucek|
|Vortex Guardian||Dennis Kytasaari|
|Gordon Cole||Robert Warnock|
|Colin Baker||Steve Hill|
|Nick Kingery||George Zahora|
|Stacy Aldritch||Erin Tumilty|
|The Doctor||Steve Hill|
|Peri||Jennifer Adams Kelley|
|Concept and Outline||Steve Hill
Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Written by||Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Directed by||Steve Hill|
|Produced by||Jennifer Adams Kelley|
|Assistant Director||Robert Warnock|
|Second Unit (UK) Director||Mark Phippen|
|Second Unit (UK) Assistant||Leigh Hooper|
|Edited by||Steve Hill
Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Assistant Editors||Dave Broucek
|Set Construction Foreman||Robert Warnock|
|Set Design||Steve Hill
Jennifer Adams Kelley
|TARDIS Console||Steve Hill
Richard M. Kellerman
|Collaspable Police Box Design||Steve Hill|
Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Costumes||Jennifer Adams Kelley|
Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Executive Producer||Dennis Kytasaari|
|Camera Operators||Robert Warnock
Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Original Score by||Robert Warnock|
|Sound Editing and Mixing||Robert Warnock|
|Sound Effects||Robert Warnock|
|Additional Sound Effects||BBC Radiophonic Workshop|
|Digital Effects||Marty McCafferty
|Key Grip||Dave Broucek|
|Best Boy||Dave Broucek|
|Best Monkey||Rich Kellerman|
Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Boom Operator||Rich "Boomhauser" Kellerman|
|Still Photographers||Jennifer Adams Kelley
|Storyboards||Jennifer Adams Kelley|
|Vehicle Services||RTK Trucking
|Camera Equipment Provided by||George Zahora
William Rainey Harper College
|Editing Studio Provided by||Tom Knoff
|"Federation" logo music||Wojciech Kilar
|"Faded Flowers" logo music||Robert Warnock|
|"Hochspannungszeile"||performed by Independent Musical Industry (courtesy of Planet 14 Music)|
|Assistant to Mr. Hill||Jill Petillo|
|Assistants to Ms. Kelley||Valerie Kelley, lead
|Assistants to Mr. Warnock||Lucifer
|Mr. Warnocks Dialog Coach||Anne Godden-Segard|
|Catering||Philip Kelley, head
|Shot on location in Libertyville
Evanston and London.
|Special Thanks to||Chicago Film Office
|No cat pins were harmed in the making of this picture.|
|The official "Realitywarp" website||http://www.fedvideo.net|
|Soundtrack available on shillMedia CDs|
|©1998 The Federation|
|All Rights Reserved. All Wrongs Reserved. No Seats Reserved.|
La Crosse, WI
Date: 30 November 1998
Summary: An original Twilight Zone-like story that is equal parts horror and sci-fi.
The talented folks at the Federation have made a quantum leap forward in film craft since the Reign Of Turner. The acting, the editing, the sound, the music, everything is much more polished and professional looking.
The story (without giving too much away) involves the characters known as The Doctor and his assistant Peri, from the famous BBC TV series, Doctor Who. It also involves the actors who played them, in an original way that fits quite cleverly in with the original series that it refers to.
Steve Hill is spot-on in his dual performances of Colin Baker/The Doctor. His accent and mannerisms are very consistent and he does a wonderful job in giving visual and audible cues as the subtle differences between the two. The fact that he also directed and co-wrote this film are an even greater credit to his talents.
Jennifer Adams Kelley has a bit more difficulty in pulling off the illustration of two different characters, but has a wonderful sense of humor that plays nicely on the screen. I suspect her real strength is in writing, since she is listed first in the writing credits, and I really enjoyed the finely crafted story a great deal.
Erin Tumilty plays a sexy BBC employee who gets drawn into the story by the antagonist-who-shall-remain-shrouded-in-secret. Erin is very easy on the eyes, and a fine addition to the story.
The original score and the editing help the pacing of the story very well, always keeping the story moving forward.
If you enjoyed Doctor Who and Twilight Zone episodes, you'll love Realitywarp!
On the 29th of November at 10:45am in Video Room 2 at HME/Visions '98, I and a number of others viewed the premier of Realitywarp, the long awaited return of the Federation (in association with Faded Flowers Productions) to arena of Doctor Who fan video.
If you are familiar with fan produced videos, you've more than likely become accustomed to the plague of problems that usually surround a production, earning it's moniker "fan-vid". Unstable camera work, poor editing, variable sound quality, dodgy sets and effects-work are just some of the more common afflictions, come to think of it, a tradition with Doctor Who. But being the loyal and media starved fans of the good Doctor, we do our utmost to look beyond these limitations, and focus our attention on the more important elements, the story and it's characters.
With more affordable equipment, improvements in video technology and general experience gained by fan film makers, some of the more recent releases available have shown remarkable improvements in combating many of the aforementioned symptoms, and I am happy to inform that Realitywarp is one such production.
From the chillingly sublime mood of Robert Warnock's title theme, you immediately feel a higher level of professionalism. As the opening shots follow the journey of the character Nicola Bryant (Jennifer Adams Kelley), the viewer is aware of the transatlantic setting of the story, as she arrives at the offices of the BBC for an audition (much of the action takes place in both the US and UK).
From the outset her audition is not typical. As Nicola waits to be called, she notices a shadowy figure siting across from her, hiding behind a newspaper as its chair hovers inches above the floor. Following a series of strange apparitions where she is addressed as Peri and instructed to obtain the Doctors multicolored coat, a nightmare leads her to contact Colin Baker (Steve Hill). It seems he has also had an unusual and related dream. So begins their quest to resolve the truth of this warped reality.
There are some very enjoyable scenes as the actor's transform into their television characters. High marks go to Steve Hill for his astonishing portrayal of Colin Baker and the 6th Doctor. He successfully combines the mannerisms of Colin's Doctor with solid acting, resulting in a believable portrayal. Jennifer Adams Kelley's character improves during the video, as she becomes Peri. This results in a number of successful scenes where the mismatched duo regains their acerbic chemistry. Erin Tumilty gives a fine performance as the engaging Stacey Aldrich, an employee of the "Beeb" whose curiosity results in her compulsory involvement in the mystery.
A wise decision was made to allow certain actors to avoid the pitfall of assumed accents in the interests of dialogue clarity. However, sound quality was a factor, as variations were noticeable at certain points during the film, resulting in muffled conversation.
Apart from some rushed dialogue and a couple of unresolved plot elements (i.e. the relevance of the cat pin). Realitywarp's story is solid. Some clever video effects and costuming add a layer of detail often lacking in fan videos.
Overall Realitywarp succeeds where many have failed and should make a welcome addition too the serious Doctor Who fan's video library.
-Matthew Slavin firstname.lastname@example.org
Impressive. Very Impressive. Five people got together with an idea to make a Doctor Who film. Just under a year later, that film was being viewed at Visions 98, and by private audiences, and they loved it.
Doctor Who fans or not, it's great fun to watch. The original screenplay is by Jennifer Adams Kelley, Steve Hill, and Rob Warnock (who also composed the great soundtrack). The Doctor (Steve Hill) and Peri (Jennifer Adams Kelley) are caught in the Vortex, and must save themselves. Or maybe it's someone else who can save them. Then, there is the ominous Vortex Guardian (Dennis Kytasaari). I won't give the story away, but I will say that you get very caught up in the action, so at times you forget you are not watching the original Doctor Who. Those moments come especially when you see authentic footage of the film shot in England.
A friend of mine and I saw it, and loved it. Honestly. I also bought a copy for my husband, who is a serious Doctor Who fan, for Christmas.
Director Steve Hill brings us this tale of the Doctor, who is trapped in The Vortex, and must enlist the help of civilians who happen to have worked at the BBC, During the course of this highly watchable short movie, we see the traditional roles of The Doctor and Peri begin to merge with those of Colin Baker (Steve Hill) and Nicola Bryant (Jennifer Adams Kelley) in a smooth execution of action, suspense and story line.
From the occasional who viewer, to the hard-core Timelord junkie, this film has something to offer everyone, as resolution is found through a healthy mix of nostalgic imagery, and a coherent plot. Even the Tardis makes an appearance as the catalyst to the adventure. Other surprise direct episode tie-ins make for s very entertaining and well made entry into the sf short film/video genre. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in sf, as proof that the Doctor and companion are as effective and intriguing a team as Mulder and Scully ever were.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away (Chicago in the 1980s) the Federation were one of the first fan groups to do a video. The state of the art has changed since those days - Doctor Who has been long off the air since The Reign of Turner, their last video, was written, even though it was only completed recently.
Because of Doctor Who's absence from the air, the parody video is perhaps not as successful an idea as it once was - there isn't the new who to parody on screen. This video, coming from one of the pioneers of parody videos, is their first video written since Doctor Who went off the air - their last video The Reign of Turner being written in the late 1980s, and it is also their first more serious production. Even with this shift from where they first started, Realitywarp manages to follow a Federation tradition from S-A-V-E-W-H-O and The Reign of Turner, doing something that looks at both sides of the camera, frequently blurring the lines between the two.
The production values are quite strong, and are one of the highlights of the video. By having a few shots of the BBC studios, it establishes it pretty well, even if the odd American license plate let it down a bit. The vortex guardian works exceptionally well, and the effects on various other characters also go well. It's really quite impressive -- the special effects in almost all of the fan productions I've seen recently are of the equal or better than many things Doctor Who did in its prime. The TARDIS console isn't the best imitation, but it isn't a complete disaster either.
Without going into spoilers, the story is good, and enjoyable. There are a couple nods to continuity I could have done without. It isn't as indulgent with continuity as Time Rift, but the continuity felt more forced. In the plus column, there are a number of unique ideas in it that I haven't seen done with Who before, in particular the appearance of Colin and Nicola. The pacing felt a little slow at times, and perhaps could have gone a little faster.
They wisely don't try to hard to do the "real" Colin and Nicola - I can't imagine the Colin I saw this year shaving his head to play a military general (and with the new BBC logo, we know that it is a fairly contemporary story.)
The cast all do a good job - not the easiest of parts for this story. I didn't notice lots of really bad British accents here - that may be part of the fun for a parody, it runs a real risk in a serious one.
Steve Hill does an excellent job as Colin/The Doctor, he does one of the best versions of a Doctor's voice I've heard. If you close your eyes, you could be convinced that it is Colin. As neither Steve nor Jennifer really look like Colin or Peri, this makes it a lot easier to accept the story and get into it.
Jennifer's Nicola/Peri isn't quite as spectacular as Steve's channelling of Colin's voice, but she still does a good job. Her work on the various costumes is as good as I've always expected Federation costumes to be. She's also to slowly make the shift between Nicola and Peri a lot more subtle -- it perhaps could have been a little bit more extreme -- but she does a enjoyable job with the character.
Erin Tumilty, as Stacy Aldrich, has the major role that isn't based off an actor or someone from the TV series in as Stacy Aldrich. Like most of the other characters, she has a dual role in many ways, and she is able to make a clear distinction between the two. This is her first appearance in a Federation -- or any other fan video -- but will hopefully not be the last. (I had the realization recently that she would make a fantastic Romana II.)
Robert Warnock and the other supporting actors also do a good job - there are no painfully bad performances in this one, a curse that tends to follow most amateur productions. The look of all the characters - especially Rob's to the Vortex Guardian - is very effective for an amateur video.
Rob also was responsible for the excellent soundtrack, a true joy to listen to - definitely get the companion soundtrack CD. It also contains songs from The Reign of Turner, the last track being a hysterical classic.
I wouldn't place Realitywarp as one of the all time classic fan videos, but it has a lot going for it, has some neat ideas and strong production. I recommend checking it out and supporting it. I hope that this isn't the last of the Federation's video projects, or their only attempt at a serious video.
Well, I finally got around to watching 'Realitywarp' tonight.
And as my 2 and a half year old daughter said when she saw it 'It's Doctor Who!'.
'Realitywarp' is easily one of the most successful and enjoyable Doctor Who fanvids so far and has many impressive aspects.
Well, there's the script, which is very original and inventive, and sets it apart from the usual fanvid constraints such as limited locations, low budget and lack of performers. Leads Steven Hill and Jennifer Adams Kelly effectively play three parts each. Nicola and Colin, Nicola and Colin who *become* Peri and the Doctor and the *actual* Doctor and Peri. This leads to an illusion of variety, when you are really seeing the same two people on screen for 90 per cent of the time.
Then there's the original score, which is *fantastic*. Original music seems to be one of the things that several fan vids have pulled off rather well in the past ('Time Rift' for instance), but none better than here.
Then there's the clever technical stuff. The very professional opening sequence where footage from the UK is blended with shots of 'Nicola' in her car works *very* well. With the aforementioned score playing over the top, and the expert blending of the title sequence throughout these scenes, the opening really impresses, being stylistically akin to many a high budget movie. (At this point I should admit to a certain vested interest, as it was yours truly who shot the UK footage - but it was how it was integrated that impressed)
Another, oft quoted, asset is Steve Hill's performance as Colin/The Doctor. While he bears only a *slight* similarity to Colin Baker (though more so, it has to be said, than any other fanvid actor has every looked like a Doctor), his mannerisms are very well observed, and his voice is so spot on at times that if you close your eyes you could easily be fooled. Not quite so impressive is Jennifer Adams Kelley's performance as Nicola/Peri - her lines are often rather garbled, and it is sometimes hard to follow what she is saying. She does, however, manage to convey Nicola's scepticism at the whole affair rather well.
The supporting cast also put in solid performances, not least Erin Tumilty as Stacy, and Robert Warnock (who comes across as suitably desperate in his appearances as an apparition).
There are some impressive special effects, specifically in the dream sequence and Gordon Cole's flickering appearance when Colin makes the transformation into the Doctor. The Tardis exterior prop is very good indeed, and though the interior is not quite so impressive, it does the job nicely.
Another plus is the length. At 55 minutes, 'Realitywarp' never outstays its welcome, yet still has time to fully explore the ideas around which it is built.
I heartily recommend 'Realitywarp'.
A series of strange apparitions begin to haunt actress Nicola Bryant (Jennifer Adams Kelley) after she visits BBC Television Center for a routine audition. She is told that she must seek the Doctor out, but how can she, when he was merely a fictional character from a television program she used to star in? Teaming up with Colin Baker (Steven Hill), together they traverse the boundaries of reality and fiction to discover the reasons behind these unusual events.
Once again, Steven Hill shines as Colin Baker. This video is much better in quality and production values than the earlier Reign of Turner, featuring excellent incidental music and some good special effects (for a shoestring budget, of course). Less convincing, however, was Jennifer Adams Kelley as Nicola, except when she has short hair for certain sequences. Nevertheless, this is a good story and a great tape to add to the collection. To obtain this video, visit The Federation.
Just wanted to extend my congratulations in your efforts in Realitywarp. I was able to make the premiere at Visions '98, and having bought the video and CD, I must say I must have watched the video six or seven times. I myself have been wanting to put together a DoctorWho video, and seeing this fine work only inspires me more.
In particular, I especially enjoyed the opening scene of Nicola driving to the audition. It was a great blend of video and titles, with Rob's incredible title track hovering overhead. I must have listened to that song alone a couple of times a day. It really fits the video sequence. Well done!
Its nice to see from the web page that I'm not the only one who agrees with me about Realitywarp.
Once more, nice job to [Jennifer], Steve, Rob, and everyone else involved in the project.
REALITYWARP reviewed by Kathy Sullivan
Those who remember the parody fan videos produced by the Federation might be surprised to discover that they can also do serious drama--and do it well.
'Reality is changing, Nicola.'
Nicola Bryant is at the BBC for an audition when she notices someone in the waiting room is seated in a hovering chair. Later in the parking lot, a blood-smeared victim of an assault presses a cat pin into her hand and tells her that 'Peri must find the Doctor. Find the coat and find the orb.' Then he vanishes.
That night she has a dream in which several images--the bleeding victim, Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor--tell her to 'call me!' She contacts Colin--who has also had odd dreams--and together they set out to retrieve the coat Colin used in his portrayal of the sixth Doctor. But when they find the coat, they also find a mysterious orb--and are attacked by a black-clad being.
Realitywarp is 55 minutes of well-paced action directed by Steve Hill. The screenplay is by Jennifer Adams Kelley, Steve Hill, and Robert Warnock with George Zahora. Original music is by Robert Warnock, and I'm not surprised to find that the music is now also available on CD. It is that good. From the opening dramatic theme to the slightly spookier, foreboding piece whenever a certain being appears, the music works well in setting the mood.
Costuming and special effects are extremely well-done. Credits include mention of a UK film unit whose work is very visible in the opening scenes and adds credibility to the storyline. Steve Hill does an excellent job at capturing the speech pattern, accent, and mannerisms of Colin Baker/the Doctor. Jennifer Adams Kelley does well as Nicola/Peri, with believable exasperation as her friend keeps forgetting who she is. The cast also includes Erin Tumilty as BBC assistant Stacey Aldritch, Robert Warnock as collector Gordon Cole, Philip Kelley, Dennis Kytasaari and Dave Broucek.
As with most fan videos, there are some noticable problems: the color looks washed out in some segments, there is a glass shattering sound _before_ something is broken, and an insect sound common to the US in the UK sequences. But as a whole this is an excellent video with a well-plotted story, believable characterizations, good sound and special effects and wonderful original music. Recommended.
The latest offering from The Federation is not only an affectionate tribute to Doctor Who, and a nod to a couple of the real-life people who contributed to the Who-niverse, but a highly original concept in its own right. The true protagonists of this story are not the Doctor and his companion Peri, but rather, an amalgamation of the characters and the actors who portrayed them. Steve Hill, a prominent name in Who fandom on the Internet, does a wonderful job as Colin Baker--approximating Baker's delivery very accurately. Jennifer Adams Kelley, listed first in the writing credits, plays Nicola Bryant (Peri).
The story begins as Nicola Bryant shows up at the BBC for an audtion, and soon notices a strange character there who seems to be following her. After the audition, in the parking lot, she glimpses the same mysterious figure attacking a man in the backseat of her car! Was it real, or not? Plagued by nightmares, she arranges a meeting with Colin Baker, her former co-star on "Doctor Who", and tells him what's been happening to her. Together, they unravel a mystery that threatens the fabric of reality itself!
After the sheer originality of the premise, the second most impressive aspect of this video is the quality of its production. There doesn't seem to be much generation loss at all, so I suspect the editing process took place in the digital domain. As well, the special effects work is marvelous. It is evident that great care was taken to insure realism, including a uniform use of accents by the actors, and footage that looks as if it were shot on location in Britain. The score is nicely done, and the camera work is simple and effective. The console room and TARDIS props were also of surprisingly good quality.
The supporting cast earns above-average marks, turning in good performances across the board. I was particularly impressed by George Zahora, who plays the gentleman in charge of wardrobe at the BBC--I found myself envying his ease in front of the camera. All these elements make for a surprisingly good video, and one definitely worth getting! The Federation is currently working on another serious release, and I will be among those chomping at the bit to get hold of it.