“The Legend of Detective Harris”
Dorian Dardar brings you a web series that intrigues me in several interesting ways! I have already reviewed one of his productions, “A Film Noir”, and enjoyed that one, so when this web series called “The Legend of Detective Harris” was put before me, I had to check it out.
First off, it isn’t just one thing that stands out by itself, but really is the combination of subject matter in relation to how it is laid out on the website for viewing, that grabbed my curiosity. As a filmmaker, structure has a lot to do with most films, just as many plays have Acts I, II, & III. However, this is a web-series and there really are no rules yet. Dorian is a “Rogue Filmmaker”, who if I’m correct in assuming has made this series (as there seem to be zero credits to get in the way), and he is proving his title correct. For this review, I will assume it is all his production and concept.
I’m not trying to confuse you, so here is what I am trying to explain. “The Legend of Detective Harris” is made up of 4 really short film segments about Bill Harris, a recently single detective who likes his coffee as much as he likes his ties and t-shirts. The films don’t yet have a known plot, but do have solid continuity from episode to episode, all on the same webpage, nicely laid out to view the Youtube embedded videos. I won’t spoil everything, so I will summarize that all 4 episodes follow Bill Harris throughout one of his days.
So, you might be asking why watch a character develop for the sake of just that. Well, for me… it looks good, due to picture quality being nice for pseudo-live/TV series-ish. Dorian’s productions seem to have an aesthetic that pulls you in. There is a wide-angle lens effect on a bathroom tile wall that stood out to me. I liked that shot. I remember watching a film called “Patsy”, by another director, that pulled you in this way, as well. It is a warm feeling…almost real within the surreal. Perhaps it is the camera or lens choice. The live audio seems on-board camera, but with a live-feel web-series in this fashion, it works. Story-wise, it is a situation of wondering what’s coming next. The series moves quickly enough that you are clicking the next one before you know it.
Let’s face it… Whenever you watch a traditional detective/action film from Hollywood, there’s enough back-story throughout to fill in the space of these web-isodes. So, I am looking forward to Bill Harris doing something unique, now that the stage is set. This is “art”, not just entertainment, just to put it out there. I caught subtle artistic scene transitions, within tranquil gardens…which I am guessing to be a signature move on Dorian’s part.
Acting in the web series is good and portrays characters within context of Harris’s life. Is there drama in his life? Yes. Is it amusing? Yes. Did I cry? No…but I never do, unless a kid has to put his dog down. Nobody did anything bad, and since there is no climax or anything to make an explosion go off in 3D, everything is relatively happy, with exception to the drama, which only 2.5 characters got emotionally hurt in any way, and with that the .5 character self-sacrificed himself to bring about that dramatic hurt as a revenge tactic, thus why he gets the .5.
To sum the entire review up… It is a series worth a look, just to be immersed in a character’s world and simply see where it goes. I love the layout, the look, and the characters can all have their own story arcs over time. The use of drumming as both soundtrack and part of a scene may not be new to themes like comedy, but is new to this kind of series. I have to give major props on the form. You can see it all for yourself here… http://www.badninja9.com/Harris.html