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- Henry Stein
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"Well trouble or not, I sees everything. They don’t even know when I’m watchin’. Even when I’m right behind ‘em."
Norman Polk's second audio log,
Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 3

Norman Polk was a Southern employee and one of the projectionists of Joey Drew Studios. A suspicious man who has an uncanny ability to notice trouble, his eventual fate was becoming yet another victim of the studio's strange happenings and paranormal activity.

General Description

Physical Appearance

Buddy Lewek describes Norman as "a character something from the comics", looking elderly with bushy eyebrows.

Personality

Fitting his job as a projectionist, Norman tended to seek out dark places and avoid drawing attention to himself. Because of this role as an outside observer, he was able to notice some of the strange behavior displayed by his colleagues. Sammy Lawrence once called him "very bright". However, his ability to sneak around undetected led to his eventual downfall, due to the sensitive nature of the information he was mentally exposing himself to. He was also somewhat nosy by the fact that his colleagues apparently respond in annoyance upon finding out he was eavesdropping on them. Because he feels skeptical of Joey Drew's motives, he seems to have something of a rebellious side.

Based on his interactions with Daniel Lewek in Dreams Come to Life, he has a confusing sense of humor, by his remark of Joey Drew being dead, before revealing it was merely a joke.

Biography

Early Life

Suspicious Sammy

On an unknown date, Norman notes down the strange behavior that Sammy appeared to do almost every recording session. While up in the projector booth and watching the band perform in the recording studio, Sammy would arrive and tell them all to stop and leave. Norman notices that Sammy would turn on the projector, rush back downstairs and then disappear for a long time.

Finding Sammy's actions to be the start of a problem, Norman ponders whether or not to speak to Joey about it. He thinks better of it, finding his employer's own actions of late to be just as strange.[1]

Looking For Trouble

Norman remarks that he naturally prefers dark spaces and notes how his other fellow projectionists find this to be strange. He learned the ins and outs of the studio, as he feels bothered by the studio's looks. He mentions that the workers are rumoring about himself lurking around the areas to "look for trouble". Norman likes the advantage it gives him on being able to see things that no-one else will, especially since they will never know he was there.[2]

Hearing Noises

Norman documents his suspicions that on some occasions he is seemingly not alone in his projection booth, hearing a strange groaning noise. Sensing danger, he resolves to investigate to find the source of the groaning noises.

Dreams Come to Life

First Meeting

Norman Polk first appears in the first chapter, during which he is one of the first employees that Daniel Lewek met. Upon hearing Buddy's position, his eccentric sense of humor becomes apparent. He guides Buddy to Joey Drew's office, only to back out, apparently due to Buddy's lack of knowledge of how to go back.

Behind the Studio

Whilst Buddy and Dot were exploring the studio, Norman suddenly appears and reveals how the studio was founded, what happened to Henry Stein and why he left Joey Drew Studios, also mentioning that Allison Pendle was not always the voice of Alice Angel, but rather Susie Campbell. He reveals that Joey only hires those with talent and that Buddy's acceptance of Joey's offer may have put him in danger and cautions both him and Dot to be careful.

Death and Transformation

During the climax, when Buddy and Dot are trying to rescue Dave and Jacob, they discover Norman's ink-covered body, indicating that he is dead. Later on, what is described as an inhuman shriek is heard by Buddy. This is meant to foreshadow Norman's feral transformation into the Projectionist.

Bendy and the Ink Machine

Main article: The Projectionist

Norman as a monster now roams around the Cycle, physically encountered in the third and fourth chapter.

Norman's audio logs recorded back where he was still human can be found in few chapters. In Chapter 2: The Old Song, his first audio log is found inside the projection booth in the recording studio, where he describes his witness on Sammy's doings, and as well give out hints on how to solve the music puzzle.[1] His second and last audio log is later found in Chapter 3: Rise and Fall, found on Level 14 just outside the maze entrance.[2]

Boris and the Dark Survival

Norman's audio log discussing about the strange groaning sound he heard below his projection booth can be found.

Dialogue

The following information contains spoilers. To view them, click the [show] tag.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

"Every day the same strange thing happens, I'll be up here in my booth, the band will be swinging, and suddenly Sammy Lawrence just comes marching in and shuts the whole thing down. Tells us all to wait in the hall. Then I hears him. He starts up my projector, and he dashes from the projection booth and down to the recording studio like the little devil himself was chasing behind. Few seconds later, the projector turns off. But Sammy, oh no, he don't come out for a long time. This man is weird. Crazy weird. I got half a mind to talk to Mr. Drew about all this, I really do. But then again, I have to admit. Mr. Drew's got his own peculiarities."
Norman's 1st audio log.

DIA NOR Diary Projectionist 01 temp

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

"Now I’m not lookin' for trouble. It’s just the nature of us projectionists to seek out the dark places. You see, I’ve learned the ins and outs of this here studio. I know how to avoid being bothered by the likes of this... company. "That projectionist", they always say, "creeping around, he’s just lookin’ for trouble." Well trouble or not, I sees everything. They don’t even know when I’m watchin’. Even when I’m right behind ‘em."
Norman's 2nd audio log.

CH3 AudioLog norman lookingfortrouble

"I can't help but feel I'm not the only one in my projection booth sometimes. It can get mighty dark some nights. But here's the part that really makes my mind swim... Every night, just as I'm pickin' up my coat, there's a deep groan rising up from the floor. One of these days I'm gonna get my light and go see what's causing all the fuss below..."
Norman's audio log.

Trivia

General Facts

  • His name may be a reference to Norman R. Palmer, a film editor and the staff projectionist of The Walt Disney Company.
  • During the Hot Topic Q&A on Twitter, when asked if Norman is behind the pipe organ in Chapter 2 of the first game, Sammy replied that he didn't know what they meant and simply said that Norman was always bright.[3]

In-Game Facts

General
  • Norman's coffin can be found in Chapter 2, in the ritual room.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

  • There are several errors and missing lines from Norman's transcript that don't match his audio in Chapter 2:
    • In the Game Jolt version of Chapter 2 before the said port's deletion, the first lines lack the space from after the comma from the word "happens". It was later fixed upon release on Steam.
    • While Norman says projection booth, the in-game transcript says projector booth.
    • After saying "But Sammy" from the third line, the words "oh no" are missing from the transcript. After that, while the lines say "he doesn't", Norman says "he don't" in a southern manner of speaking.
    • Norman's words "I really do" are missing at the end of his words "I have half a mind to talk to Mr. Drew about all this".
    • From the last line, Norman says "I got half a mind to talk to Mr. Drew ...", the word "got" Norman's transcript is "have" instead.

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 DIA NOR Diary Projectionist 01 temp.ogg DIA NOR Diary Projectionist 01 temp.ogg - Norman Polk's 1st audio log | Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 2 - The Old Song
  2. 2.0 2.1 CH3 AudioLog noman lookingfortrouble.ogg - Norman Polk's 2nd audio log | Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 3 - Rise and Fall
  3. "The organ... I don't know what you mean. Although Norman, our projectionist.. he was always very bright.." - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
Bendy and the Ink Machine characters
Major characters Allison Pendle (Allison Angel)Bertrum PiedmontBuddy Lewek (Buddy Boris)Henry SteinJoey DrewNorman PolkSammy LawrenceSusie CampbellThomas Connor (Tom)Wally Franks
Minor characters Boris CloneGrant CohenJack FainLacie BentonShawn Flynn
Mentioned Linda
Boris and the Dark Survival characters
Major characters Buddy Lewek (Buddy Boris)
Minor characters Boris CloneJack FainNorman PolkShawn FlynnThomas ConnorWally Franks
Mentioned Nathan ArchSammy Lawrence
Dreams Come to Life characters
Major characters Abby LambertAllison PendleBuddy LewekDaveDotIrena LewekJacobJoey DrewMr. SchwartzMr. UngerNorman PolkRichieSammy LawrenceThomas Connor
Minor characters Bertrum PiedmontLennyMiss RodriguezMrs. PanekWally Franks
Mentioned Henry SteinMr. LewekLindaSusie Campbell
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