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The Polcheck Chronicles - 2006 X-Mas Special

Posted: Tue, 19th Dec 2006, 3:03pm

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

X-mas is an amazing time of year; the mistletoe is hanging, the children are laughing, the aliens are landing and all is right with the world… Untill one night I recived a mysterious call… It informed me that something was going down up at the field!

This is a very special X-mas special dedicated to the pioneers of early Sci-Fi drama and film, the brave directors of the 1930s, 40s and 50s who dared to defy logic and plausibility to make something fantastic!

Ahhh love is in the air at x-mas, 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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*What you are about to see is an improv-comedy series. [u]no[/]u scripts were used.

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


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Posted: Tue, 19th Dec 2006, 5:59pm

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Possibly the best entry in the entire series. Your rendition of the old fifties black and white, campy alien films was excellent and you pulled it off in the modern format so very well. The humor was vastly improved and the acting on just about everyone's parts was excellent. I was laughing out loud a number of times throughout the entire film. It was a great concept, a very large and ambitious project, and you really pulled it off to a tee.

I gave this movie a five and I think it's going on to my top ten list.

Well done, and Merry Christmas to Hans Polcheck, wherever he may be!
Posted: Tue, 19th Dec 2006, 6:12pm

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Firstly, Hello Gang I haven’t posted on here for sometime! So Hello again! Ok onto the Film!

Well Definitely the best Polcheck so far! Pats acting to allot better verging on really really really good! His humour we excellent and well-timed! It looked great, well shot, the digital effects and grading were amazing!!!

And excellent tribute to Sci-Fi films of old! Shame about there being no Polly this time! Sy got his Debut!

Ok now for the bad points: ………

Overall I loved it! and am looking forward to my appearance! I can see it now "Hans Polcheck and his trusty sidekick The Professor!"
Posted: Wed, 20th Dec 2006, 9:53am

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Agreed, really good stuff. Every element was improved from previous episodes, and the Ed Wood feeling was captured perfectly. The effects trod a perfect line between being technically rather accomplished, and yet remaining brilliantly cheesy.

The lead actress reminds me of someone, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I'll let you know if I do. wink

Good stuff!
Posted: Wed, 20th Dec 2006, 2:31pm

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Hehe, I'm giving this a 5 for the artistic integrity. wink

Seriously though. The whole Plan9fromoutspacestyle stuff was really well done in terms of cinematography, shot composition, light, grading and visual effects.
Other to most films on here, the grading felt really artistically motivated and properly chosen - plus I really like those period style pieces. As Tarn said, the effects were well done, still looked histerically cheesy - in a good way.

I wasn't so fond of the dialogue or the generally too long inside scene really (interstingly, I thought all the aspects mentioned above were much less well handled in that scene then outside), but the outside scenes still justify a 5 for me. Good job!
Posted: Wed, 20th Dec 2006, 6:08pm

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This is the first Polcheck film I've seen, but I am now officially a Polcheck fan. Just really good comedy. I about fell out of my chair when I saw what Polcheck was wearing after changing to prepare for battle.

I thought the effects were well done. You captured the era of sci-fi films extremely well.

I look forward to going back and watching previous episodes. I can't wait for the next one.

Good job!

Joe
Posted: Wed, 20th Dec 2006, 11:09pm

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best movie EVER ON FXHOME period. that was possibly one of the funniest movies i have ever seen well done 5/5 biggrin
Posted: Sat, 23rd Dec 2006, 1:11am

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This film is fantastic!! This reminds me of all of those old scifi flicks that I used to watch with my dad like The Day That Earth Stood Still but this was more funnier. I loved all of it this will be a film I will watch again and again!

Good luck with future projects!
Regards
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Posted: Sat, 23rd Dec 2006, 2:16am

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This was a very clever and really well made production.

I'm really pleased to again see a production on this level that kept me watching it because I wanted to right til the end.

Really funny at times to, but altogether enjoyable.

Well done, the only thing that could have been improved at parts was the framing and timing of the lines, but thats me really picking at things with a fork for what you were trying to deliver, you nailed it.

Bravo to you.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Dec 2006, 2:41am

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Pretty funny. I especially liked the "YOU MUST BE DEAD" line and when the dude with the machine gun stumbles over his words.


Great job.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Dec 2006, 10:52am

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Thank u all fo the feedback. PLEASE give me feedback! FX Home is the only place that does it on the web (Like at all) and it really helps us to improve!

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Posted: Sat, 23rd Dec 2006, 6:31pm

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Well done guys....your best one yet.......stylishly filmed and some
really funny scenes and superb one liners from u know who.
This is truly gettng into the top quality bracket....well done again.



davlin
Posted: Fri, 5th Jan 2007, 2:29am

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Funny stuff. Occasionally the dialog misses, but more than often it hits. 4 stars for me.

So, Lee, are you an American living in Australia or an Australian who is just really good at doing an American accent? My guess is that you were born and raised in the U.S. for the most part. If not, than hats off to your excellent voicing skills.

I look forward to more Polchek installments.

Ragnar
Posted: Fri, 5th Jan 2007, 4:32am

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Usually amature films that are 14 mins long fail, but you pulled it off. Great film, I never lost interest in it for the whole 14 mins. Good Job
Posted: Fri, 5th Jan 2007, 4:59am

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I did the lighting on this film! I have to say that I thought the opening scene was great and that the special effects throughout are top notch. Some of the humour was a bit hit and miss, but the energy of the whole production really worked in it's favour. Where did you get that sound for the laser blast?

I'm still not convinced by the whole improv thing, but I liked this one and thought the B movie sci-fi thing was a good idea.


Nice work Craig, Lee and Pat!
Posted: Sat, 6th Jan 2007, 1:33am

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Totally awesome.
Posted: Tue, 16th Jan 2007, 12:18am

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I just saw it and thought it was great. Obviously allot of work went into it. I used to watch allot of "B" Sci Fi films (still do!) and thought this was a great tribute. I was somewhat suprised how well the effects work in black & white. Did you have to treat it allot differently, or do they just work that well without any special treatment or grading? Once again, nice Job.
Posted: Sat, 14th Apr 2007, 3:57am

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FunkytheClown wrote:

I just saw it and thought it was great....I was somewhat surprised how well the effects work in black & white. Did you have to treat it allot differently, or do they just work that well without any special treatment or grading? Once again, nice Job.
Hey Funky, thanks for the comment.

Yes indeed the effects had to be handled differently, we wanted them to look "forced", in 1940s/50s sci-fi soaps Laser and Beam effects were often made simply by scratching lines on the film with a needle or cutting out a thin section of film, this meant the light from the projector would shine straight through the film and highlight the edges with a soft glow... We did out best to re-create this effect, but still show that we were able to do better.

The most challenging thing was making the effects look "dated" but not "shoddy"

Thanks for your comment, I’m glad to see so many people enjoyed the film.

MORE TO COME!
Posted: Sat, 29th Sep 2007, 5:11pm

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Just wanna say cool!
A great laugh!
Fun!
like the Black and white.
Tidy characters,
Lets see more from you guys!
Oh and did I say Cool!