Everyone’s favourite Timelord is back, with a new BBC series and a huge array of effects created by The Mill. Digit bagged the first look…
“It means people own the shot they’re working on and sometimes you’re working on a new shot every day. There’s tons of creative scope for the team – someone won’t just work on a shader – it’s very collaborative.”
For communication, The Mill made use of BeamTV – a broadband, hack-proof closed network that can literally squirt HD footage (Doctor Who is shot with Beta SP) to members.
"BeamTV was great. It meant that we could work on an effect, or composite a CG character into a live-action scene, and then the episode director could complete a day’s filming in Cardiff, go home and over broadband download and view the scene,” says Will.
“It made for instant feedback on our work – decision making and sign-off was much quicker. With so many shots, the ability to decide on a shot, then move on, is vital.”
Feedback on the project has obviously been limited: “security reasons,” cites Will. It means that peers have not had a chance to evaluate the project, but Will beams when we start talking about feedback from the BBC. “When the client sees it, it’s a nice experience – you can sit back and enjoy it. Julie and Russell were like kids in a sweetshop when they saw the completed episodes.”
So, with the clock counting down, and the Tardis confined to the small screen, the only way for The Mill is to head into the future. With the expectation of the fans, the BBC, and the viewing public, the prime-time series will no doubt be a major water-cooler topic from the end of March. Touch wood, of course.