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The Polcheck Chronicles - Case 1 : Get Randy

Posted: Fri, 24th Mar 2006, 2:10pm

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SyroVision

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Hi, My name is Hans Polcheck, and I’m a P.I.

When my ex girlfriend came to me and said she needed help, my first thought was: Damn, she looks good in that dress. But my second thought was about helping her, and so I embarked on a case to find out who was blackmailing her.

These are The Polcheck Chronicles. Those who are faint of heart, or weak of stomach had best look away. I hate vomit on my shoes.

But if you can stomach raw danger…
If you can keep your knees from rattling in fear…
If you can handle the excitement of running with the best P.I. in Sydney

Then I bid you welcome….

- Hans Polcheck

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For more thrilling instalments visit:
Official Site : http://polcheck.milneyfilms.com/intro/


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Posted: Sun, 26th Mar 2006, 1:54am

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SyroVision

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NOTE - For some reason the movie is still "Pending" but the page is up... Strange.

*edit* Ah its fixed now smile hehe

Last edited Tue, 28th Mar 2006, 10:45am; edited 1 times in total.

Posted: Tue, 28th Mar 2006, 10:42am

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HAHAHAHAHAH, great short.

How many eps are there?

4 stars from me smile
Posted: Tue, 28th Mar 2006, 10:47am

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Each case has 2 parts, there are currently 2 Cases... Case 3 is currently in the making, ALOT of effects in Case 3...

Case 1 has Gun fire and very minimul grading, Case 2 has grading and Case 3... will have... ALOT thats all ill say :p
Posted: Tue, 28th Mar 2006, 10:55am

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SyroVision wrote:

there are currently 2 Cases... Case 3 is currently in the making
The complete list I have of the cases:

Case 1: Get Randy
Case 2: Totally Fragged
Case 3: in post-production
Case 4: in pre-production

And there's the first Christmas Special:

A Very Polcheck Christmas

And there's the two episodes that led to the creation of the Polcheck Chronicles:

CSI: Mona Vale
The Case of the Missing Case
Posted: Tue, 28th Mar 2006, 3:11pm

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Looks great! Cant wait till its downloaded! ^^
Posted: Wed, 29th Mar 2006, 3:11am

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Nice one,

The jokes are great, the story is funny, and the actor who plays the Hans guy is hilarious. A nice piece of film making for sure.

The sound needs a bit of work, some times it was hard understanding the voice-over when the music was loud.

The starting/ending music got stuck in my head, not sure if that’s good or bad.

Overall I would like to see more, good work, keep up the effort!
Posted: Wed, 29th Mar 2006, 3:28am

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Kinda Reminded me of a Pink panther knockoff in alot of ways. It wasn't really something I found myself interested in honestly, So it's probably because I'm Not into this sort of thing..
Posted: Wed, 29th Mar 2006, 6:32am

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Bloody Hilarious! loved it! really funny, good story, perfect! 6/5!

ok ok ! 5/5!

Just waiting for the next one! Like an obsessed fan waiting outside the cinema in a plastic tent, with a tea cosy for a hat and an over-sized sweater and scarf knitted by their grandmother! Mwuhahahahaha!
Posted: Wed, 29th Mar 2006, 4:50pm

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congratulations. seriously. this is the best stuff i've ever seen on this site. the plot is genious, and I think this would make a heck of a great comedy series. I truly believe that if someone with power to make it happen, sees these films , I mean if he's good in his head , he will probably make this into a profesional series.

I wish you guys all the luck in the world. I will probably go and sleep now, and awaken when the next episode is up.

whoohoh
Posted: Wed, 29th Mar 2006, 6:26pm

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(FXHome Mods: This long post was taken from a PM to Syrovision. It was at his request that this be put publicly. My apologies for its length).

Lee:

1) The writing, acting, and overall directing are SUPERB. To say this is an amateur film would be disrespecting them. I've said that comedy is probably the most difficult thing to make.

The two "weaknessess" I see are the sound design (in which I'm terrible at) and some camera work. However, the acting more than makes up for this. Assuming they continue to develop their skills, I wouldn't be surprised if I see them in an independent film or even big budget film (i.e. a Peter Jackson film or something made by Weta Digital) in the near future. I think the actors are on another level (certainly not amateur).

2) Some of my favorite comedic moments (From PART I):

- Hans Polcheck changing his clothes after seeing his girlfriend. (Classic comedic editing. I couldn't have done this better)
- Lil Randy sliding down at the playground.
- Detective Ball sack...Pay check
- The scooter. (If you are familar with the hip-hop artist DMX, you'd understand when I say that Hans is true rough rider. I almost busted out laughing at work when I saw this.)

3) I also would prefer to have seen some over the shoulder shots (or close-up shots) between Polcheck and the girlfriend in the early scene between them. I didn't notice this until my 3rd viewing and the acting for this continuous shot doesn't take away from the film at all.

For the fight scene, I would have suggested close-ups of hits for effect; or the use of a different angle to make the punches more realistic. However, this is a comedy. So many of those angles work; this criticism is based on my experience and love for action films.

4) The water shots are fantastic. I can't imagine how difficult it was to do this. I gave you a 5 after the opening shot of Hans in the water, the rest of the video just reinforces the rating.

5) I assume you've done some grading here, which I hope you'll develop as you do more episodes. Have you considered doing an all black and white version of an episode (ala film noir)? I don't think this is necessary, but I think a black and white, with high contrast, and some that old film look, would be good to try out on an episode.
Posted: Wed, 29th Mar 2006, 7:39pm

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LOL!! "you looked up at me and said ::SNort Snort:: and i mean i know it was the corn lodged up in your nasal passages but it sounded so much like... I loveeee youuuu" lol classic

a few good jokes here and there
cool music (did you make it?)
good acting by most of the cast and such was way above exspected
editing was done well (i never really got bored watching)

it was different and the same all at once still a few things to improve on (but that’s the case with almost everything) 4/5 good work

also, how did you record your audio? it almost seemed dubbed in good portion of the scenes.
Posted: Thu, 30th Mar 2006, 5:26am

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Answers to Various Questions

Yes all the music is original, it was composed and played by Darryl Watkins (Trivia: Darryl also plays "Thug Tompson" in Case 1)

The sound in Case 1 was a bit of a "lets hope it all works out", Allot of the Audio was Dubbed in Post... We may re-visit it in the future.

Case 2 (which hopefully will be up here some time next week) has much better audio, We learnt allot on the first Case, worked with it and improved upon it.

We WILL be digitally re-mastering the Cases, The Director will sit down with me and we will fix what we feel needs work on… Everything from Grading to Special Effects…

Also Good News, the re-mastered edition will be Available in DivX format for all you QuickTime haters out there.

Thanks for taking the time to post your comments.
Much Appreciated.

-SyroVision
Posted: Thu, 30th Mar 2006, 6:27pm

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sounds good, cant wait.
Posted: Fri, 31st Mar 2006, 9:34am

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A fun film to be sure, just wish you did not use the on camera mic 4/5.
Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 2:45am

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Well done, story-wise, but technically it could have used some work. I agree that the mic didn't capture the dialogue quite well. Also, you could have used more camera angles to cover your actor's faces, especially during the exposition scenes.
Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 9:22am

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This was absolutely ace mate; it had me in stitches! biggrin 5/5.
Posted: Sat, 1st Apr 2006, 2:31pm

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This was filmed in a single camera setup, which becomes evident in some of the long takes. I will agree that there could have been a few more close-ups and cut-aways in there, but I wasn't involved in that shoot.

ALL of the audio is dubbed in. There is nothing from the original recording in the final product, so no camera mic sound was used. (actually, there may have been some foley noises recorded by the camera mic, but these occured during 'clean' takes with no other loud noises.

The audio may be re-done in the future, depending on time and actors commitments.

And there is a 'film noir' episode of TPC, which can be found on the website at the following address (I'm refferring to 'Case of the Missing Case'):

http://polcheck.milneyfilms.com/download/beyond.shtml

EDIT: I can also safely say that I have watched these episodes more than anyone else, bar the director himself (it's a long story)
Posted: Sun, 2nd Apr 2006, 8:39am

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gday all. craig Moore here. Im the co-creator/director/editor/ whatever needs doing on TPC. After seeing all your glowing comments I had to come and sign up!

First off, from me and Pat (Hans, and the other co-creator) Thank u all for your kind wors. Ill be honest; outside of people we're friends with, the comments have been few and far between. This has made as both feel much better about the series, and made us feel more confident that people will watch future episodes.

Second off, I think the one thing that hasbnt been mentioned by my loyal spokesfolk, is that TPC is an experiment. Pat and i met making films for a comp called 24/7. u have 24 hrs to make a 7 minute movie. Long story short is Polcheck sprang from that. So when we decided to do the series, we realised neither of us are real script people; we like to fly by the seat of our pants. So for all you see there are NO scripts. We have a plot and a rough shooting order, and thats IT. All dialogue is made up by me or the actors on the spot. Often jokes spring from this that werent there originally (Wait till u see Riff in eps 3 and 4).

So when u watch Ep2 for example and see Hans talking down Polly, be aware of 3 things:

1) He just made that up a few seconds before.
2) Emily had only heard that once before this take, and it was slightly different.
3) That was take 3.

Pat is really THAT GOOD at improv, and we have been lucky, for the most part, to find people who can keep up. So far the only ones who come close are Rhys (Weasel) and Rob (Brady Nelson in 3/4).

Anyway our little experiment goes well. 3 is online, 4 is very close to completion and 5 and 6 are in the can. 7,8,9 and 10 are all in various satges of pre

anyway, thank u all again.

Craig
Posted: Mon, 3rd Apr 2006, 5:46pm

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Thank you Craig.

A Very Polcheck Christmas will be uploaded in a few days for all your Polcheck Needs. Be sure to vote for it and keep Polcheck in the top ten biggrin

Thank you to all those who took the time to write reviews and send messages of aid and support.

We greatly appreciate your time.

Thank you once again, and as always enjoy!


-Sy
Posted: Sun, 16th Apr 2006, 5:23pm

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I enjoyed the pacing, the acting, and even the story. There's so many ways this could have gone wrong, but it didn't. Nice job. I hope you keep making them. I'm guessing you did a lot of storyboarding. If you winged it; I'm impressed. The creative camera angles makes me think you planned a lot of your shooting, something few posters do enough of. Are some of those scenes done with ADR-additional dialog recording? I'm envious of the access you have to some real actors. Nice.

Ragnar
Posted: Tue, 18th Apr 2006, 12:08pm

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this 2 parter was 100% dubbed with new sunds added. however, it will be the only polchecks to do so, since it takes a LONG time to get all the actors back to do it. Pat has to sit hee for a couple of days.


Theres no storyboarding done. Thanx for sying my anghles are planned but...well, they arent smile i makenthem up as i go once I get to a location. some ideas come from the location (All of the scenes hans recreated we came up with on the fly) and some froma particular joke.

thanx for watching smile
Posted: Fri, 6th Oct 2006, 8:37am

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XD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!