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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David Madlener

on February 28, 2012 at 11:49pm

Hi,overall a nice pilot. Good background story, impressive artwork, and believable dramaturgy.

What i don't buy is a giant spaceship coming from a tour to another star, no signal from earth and they do not scan their homeplanet with all available sensors through the complete EM spectrum. Come on guys, an infrared telescope with a few meters diameter could scan the whole surface with a good resolution at this distance with no cloud interference and your valiant team looks with their naked eyes through the windows? Where are the scans at X-ray, UV, optical, near-, mid- and far-infrared? Why is no probe deployed to arrive in a few hours at the surface? What is this nonsense about manually steering a probe inside the station and loosing control after a few hundred meters (Did anybody say looooser?). Cryotanks, stellar spacetravel, and holographic AIs but manual control with a joystick? Did they scrap the telemetry module from a 433MHz car opener? Come on, please try a little harder this is so basic in comparison to the stuff that you pulled off! Next time ask someone with hard science background to get rid of such minor loopholes...

So please keep up the good work!


Will Finson

on February 28, 2012 at 11:02pm

@LONEWOLFVIII, very nice post... Join us on Facebook will you...


on February 28, 2012 at 7:11pm

This Film fills the gap left by the big networks who seem to think that sci-fi is not popular. when in fact they have it wrong . we need to have films like this to keep the dream alive. The dream of going to the stars. Man has a date with destiny and the stars are it . Earth will not be always be here for us, and we must make the leap in to space.


on February 28, 2012 at 11:47am

Please, no sound in vacuum.

Will Finson

on February 28, 2012 at 8:13am

Need more post here... Comments, concerns... your impressions... all greatly appreciated!


on February 28, 2012 at 5:56am

I watched your show and was immediately impressed by what you've achieved within your budget. Great job guys! You jogged my memory back to the 70's when I read about this technology which could be built "before the year 2000" :) Have a look at this http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/torus-space-colony-nasa-1970s-video_n_933631.html


on February 28, 2012 at 12:17am

Hi guys, working on my side for ENG and French Subs... Need a day or three and will be up and running...


on February 27, 2012 at 8:51pm


when will go to finish the English subtitles would like them to see if I can translate into Spanish.


Chad Burns

on February 27, 2012 at 7:01pm

@ skandian
I don't see why not....


on February 27, 2012 at 12:14pm

Just wondering, if we were to donate $100, would items be shipped to say Australia?


on February 27, 2012 at 11:52am

You can use BitCoin instead of PayPal, if you use the following address we will forward the payments to L5: 1B8g4UJuRVjXoUurWS2CCd2P8qkm93mPW


on February 27, 2012 at 8:24am

If you get something besides PayPal I would be interested in donating. I refuse to use PayPal...

Chuck Atkins

on February 27, 2012 at 2:42am

Sound in a vacuum. Kubrick's 2001 is 44 years old. Get the science right.


on February 27, 2012 at 1:42am

Why can't I use something besides PayPal? Come on people! Dwolla, Bitcoin, We Pay, Google. Anything else and I'll donate.

Chad Burns

on February 26, 2012 at 10:42pm

@ karatasiospa
The production team is working on English subtitles...


on February 26, 2012 at 10:26pm

For all the danish supporters. I have made danish subtitles for the first episode. You can download them @ http://subscene.com/danish/L5-Complete-Series/subtitle-544964.aspx. Enjoy :D


on February 26, 2012 at 10:14pm

You mean subtitles from the production team or from somewhere else (a subtitles site or whatever)?


on February 26, 2012 at 9:57pm

Good stuff guys. The CG looked amazing in HD, and the story is solid. I am hoping this will be the future medium for entertainment. People will donate money to support their favorite shows, and as long as the cash keeps coming, the show continues. Gone will be the days of corporate suits arbitrarily canceling our favorite shows and replacing them with complete crap.

Chad Burns

on February 26, 2012 at 9:25pm

Subtitles are in process...


on February 26, 2012 at 9:15pm

Hi. Is here anyone who has English subtitles for L5?