L5 (2012) HD

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Stanley Von Medvey
hard sci-fi, short, sci-fi

The crew aboard the spaceship Argo has just awoken from hypersleep to a nightmare. Having spent the last twenty years searching for a new home to salvage humanity from a dying earth they return home and find something has gone terribly wrong. They have been mysteriously impelled 200 years into the future and find not a trace of any human life. The Argo's Commander, Dr. Richard Adams is determined to find some answers and, aided by the ship's surgeon, Rod Lewis, and onboard Artificial Intelligence, Clarke, decides to explore the one clue to the massive floating O'Neill colony named L5. After an exploratory skiff goes missing inside the colony, Adams and Lewis venture inside themselves to find the answers they seek, nothing can prepare them for what they are about to find.

Director: Stanley Von Medvey
Writer: Tom Ptasinski
Producers: Tom Ptasinski, Adam Nelson

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L5 is a completely crowd-funded production, through the generosity of donors from sites such as kickstarter and indiegogo, the creative team of L5 has spent a year bringing the story to life.

Our goal with L5 was to create a compelling, high-production-value science fiction on a small budget. After endless hours in post production were volunteered by a talented team of visual effects artists all over the world, and with the spit and vinegar of home grown construction methods for building props, sets and costumes, as well as the unrelenting support of our families and the local art and business community in the Chicago area, the result was accomplished inside a budget of $15,000.

Now we need your help!
You've seen what we can do with so little. We want to multiply that, and do even more. We want to build a unique production environment that will enable us to continue creating more episodes of L5, as well as other original science fiction content.


The money we raise with your support will go towards seeding a brand new, cloud based production system. It will fund a proof of concept for a cloud based intelligent task management technology, allowing us to pursue the investment we need to create a global film and visual effects production system. It will allow us to research the best open-source VFX pipeline, taking advantage of all the existing free tools, while allowing us to develop new ones. This system will drive the cost of making high-end visual effects down, allowing us to produce L5 and other content cost effectively. Our stories are just huge, and we need an equally huge and innovative approach to film making to pull it off. Combined with the local film production talent in Chicago, we believe we can make anything, on a fraction of the budget.

We want to offer these services to up and coming film makers and productions, giving creative and talented people the most bang for their production budgets by opening up a tool set that was previously inaccessible to all but the most well funded productions.

Help us usher in a new renaissance of science fiction!


Stanley Von Medvey

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on February 18, 2015 at 1:32am

***Spoilers ahead***
I think there is a good storyline here but the way it was written, it is full of plot holes.
1. The commander seems way too hesitant to be in command.
2. The commander didn't seem at all upset that they had been left in deep sleep for so long and why didn't he dive more into this mysterious signal.
3. The commander should hav been awaken'd first and then hav decided who else needed to awaken'd.
4. The long shot of the L-5 settlement from inside show'd green fields ... yet the bay door was wide open there was no atmo?
5. Why did the platform break? Not like it had been raining and it rusted.
6. One of the scouts finds a room with a hacksaw?
7. The long shots of the two scouts were pretty cartoonish.
8. At least "thruway" was spelt the better way! Now you need to spell prolog without the -ue.


on January 31, 2014 at 9:08am

This is an interesting endeavour. Perhaps you are better off just budgeting out the production per/episode and ask the fan base to FUND it. Get a sponsor for product placement to do coverage, why not? Finishing this will definitely lead to somewhere. perhaps even a better place...


on October 21, 2013 at 5:13am

Maybe it's all just air-ware. hmmm


on September 01, 2013 at 8:51pm

If this project - L5 - is effectively cancelled, as I understand it is, why are you still asking for donations? Why no announcement?

What about this fellow Godsninja in the previous comment - hasn't he been duped into giving up his $10? And no response? What's that all about?


on July 11, 2013 at 11:15am

I made a $10 donation understanding that it would allow me to watch at least the second part of the L5 movie.. but all I got is the prologue audio track and some wallpaper. WTF?


on April 04, 2013 at 10:46pm

First episode was great. Donated once probably will again.....shame I can't afford to drop $12k on it ;-)


on March 05, 2013 at 9:32am

Hi, loved the 1st episode, keenly awaiting the rest - please hurry!
BTW the zip of the score is corrupted - I can't extract the file "01 Prologue.mp3". BTW you might also want o see this film
; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPGSrfa0oD8 very Indie too. This here will be the sequel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH-0m1lzqMs


on February 13, 2013 at 4:13pm

Hope I can create movie like this


on January 20, 2013 at 6:45pm

This was just okay.. on a scale of 1-10:

Acting: 3
Special Effects: 5
Script: 5
Story/plot: 7

I know I shouldn't expect a lot considering the budget; I'm just giving my honest opinion.

The only thing this had going for it was the story, and some of the special effects were good (only some though). Anyone who is in to sci-fi space movies obviously will appreciate the story. The effects when showing the outside of the ship, and the inside of the colony station were cool. Anytime it showed the men in their space suits from a distance though it just looks cartoony.
Everything else was bad. The acting was pretty terrible. The script was bad. It was also bad that certain things just didn't make sense. Why would they not do a better job interrogating the computer before they just sat around speculating? They should have at least thrown in a reason why the computer couldn't reveal some of the important information. I understand that the creators have to unravel the story slowly to maintain the "what happens next?" aspect, but hat doesn't mean you can just make characters act illogically. So, that was a let down. Also, why would a giant platform collapse with the addition of such a small amount of weight, and then how did they survive that fall so unscathed? They should have just had the two start climbing down, and made one of them fall near the bottom after their rope got snagged on something sharp (at least something else more believable).

Regardless, I probably would have checked out the rest of this series. I still might donate. I like the idea of independent film makers doing this sort of thing, but to get by they really will have to improve the quality. After all, they are still competing with Hollywood.


on December 09, 2012 at 5:36am

I really like what next_ghost says--more organized and consistent online fundraising, with goals set, regular online postings about how much is raised and how it's going, and episodes coming when the money does. However, arts fundraising is its own area of expertise. I could understand if independent film producers, actors, and all the other great people who volunteer on a film continue doing just that, and not spending lots of time on the fine details of how to get more money. For all of you aspiring internet fundraisers who love independent film, this may be your calling.


on November 15, 2012 at 10:42pm

Love it! Where is part 2 ?


on October 05, 2012 at 1:26am

Im really saddened to see that its been put on hold. :( I really enjoyed watching this. I found out about it from eztv ads on their front page. GDI I really wanted to know what happened next.


on September 22, 2012 at 4:20pm

One more thing wrt to free public stuff.

It has became some mantra in open world and there charging money seems to become taboo in some circles. I see NOTHING wrong with some decent sailing on the waters of market forces.

I would be delighted to advertise free of charge each new episode, provided that it would be done with entusiastic crew of people that enjoy their work, are serious about it and put their work above their earning - onece their bellies are full and monthly expenses are covered. If they get rich or filthy rich after that, even better, allthough not highly probable...


on September 22, 2012 at 4:09pm


I disagree. L5 is really good. And we all know that those $15k or whatever covered just most dire material costs. Also, I trust market forces to relatively quickly find a right balance between right costs of IP, physical work, used equipment and materials and final price of the show.

Final verdict about L5 for my part is, it is good. And if I decided I wanted to see it, I'd pay for it. Visual part is more than adequate ( even more, it's really good), but story and its consistency, technical feasibility and believability is the part that kept me watching.

I wouldn't pay some significant money for it, like they are charging for classic movies and series nowadays, but for a lean "Bittorent distribution" price, sure...

I can get an not-so-new MOVIE here for €1 over the infrastructure of my ISP, so I expect Bittorent approach to be cheaper.

if we are doing it this way, I want a part of the benefit to myself.

And it would help immensely if pilot could be free. It would serve both for promotional purposes and for free test of potential byuers...

And WRT to those 1.8 MIO downloads, you are ignoring other important factor. Yes, not all of those wouuld choose to pay. But on the other hand, availability of new episodes would attract many new prospective customers.

Right now, whoever wanted to see it, saw it. And since their donation would not guerantee anything and next episode is less likely to happen with each passing day, donation makes no sense...


on September 13, 2012 at 11:21am

For everyone stating 'Had this movide charged $1 for every download the creators would be rich'.

No. They would not. Why? Because 1.8 million people would not have paid $1 to see a show they know was made on a $15000 budget by a bunch of unknown filmmakers (no disrespect intended). Its as stupid as when the Games and Movie industry say that they lost 3 billion to piracy because 3 billion worth of goods was pirated... No, not all the people that stole it would have bought it.

Let me put it another way, if YouTube turned around and became pay-per-view. Much much less videos would be watched full stop. If L5 became pay-per-view, only those with a invested interest in hard sci-fi and $1 to throw away would spend it on the pilot episode, all those with a passing interest and on restricted budgets that would give more than $1's worth of promotion by word of mouth would be lost out, and L5 would never get off the ground.


on August 23, 2012 at 9:26am

Good job on the series. Just wanted to let you guys now of a goood starting series that got their project up at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/152635551/the-world-of-eczeitm
check them out and comment


on August 16, 2012 at 10:35pm

@karatasiospa: The "give it free to the net and pray for donations" approach can work if you do it right. The Pioneer One team didn't do it right and Hemogoblin screwed up outright when they put the series on hold right after pilot. Here're some thoughts on how to do it right:

1) Set a donation goal, deadline for the goal and release date for the next episode. You have to make it absolutely clear that if the donation goal is not met before the deadline, the next episode will be the end of the series. If you decide to continue the series anyway like the Pioneer One team did, you can be sure that the donations will fall even further. Don't expect any donations at all after the last episode.

2) You need extra incentives to keep donations rolling in. VODO is not Kickstarter so the gifts should be a lot cheaper than what you can see on the right. You should also offer something for going over the goal, for example releasing the next episode one day earlier for each $1000 over the goal.

3) If the delay between episodes is longer than a week, you need to write regular production status updates on your main website. Missing a release date is not a problem as long as you tell your fans why. Not setting a release date at all means a lot of your fans will lose interest in your show.

It's all about giving fans a good reason to donate and keeping their attention between episodes.


on August 15, 2012 at 4:17pm

What are costs per episode approximately ?

If they are on the order of $1M, wouldn't it be more realistic to sell it to viewers for say $1 ?

One could pay vodo say $10 and for that he could get rights do download 10 episodes from various shows of his choice.

It would be ideal if pilot could be free so one could take a fair sample of the show before making his/her mind...


on August 13, 2012 at 4:28am

Would you please consider posting some kind of budget, timeline and schedule for a whole season, and then approach people for donations / pre-pay?

I'm quite happy to donate to make this show feasible but I'd first like to make sure it's not going to take a year per episode. :-)

So, if you're realistic and show a sane plan, I'm sure people will step up.

Peter Heinrich Claus

on August 10, 2012 at 7:39am

If I understand the hemogoblin post from August, 8 2012 correct, the project is flagged on hold. A shame, kinda liked the pilot thing, albeit a computer producing such mis-calculation is little logical.