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 26, 2012 at 8:19pm

I liked it. It seemed to be influenced by at least by Planet of the apes and Rendezvous with Rama. The latter of which is one of my favorites (only the first book). Yeah the CG and animation needs quite a bit of work as does the sound track and it would be nice if you couldn't see the film crew clearly in the helmets reflection, but as we are starved for space adventures these days, I'd love to see more of this in one form or another. I was engaged troughout the viewing, all in all nice work!


on February 26, 2012 at 7:32pm

Wow, great first episode! Drama, suspense, and an engaging storyline.


on February 26, 2012 at 6:22am

I am no artist, producer, etc., but I know good when I see it. Even for low-budget, this series has the potential to be something amazing. I am sure as the fine-tuning and acting grows to learn more about the relationships between the actors and what has happened to Earth and its population, L5 will set a bar that Hollywood is unable to reach at these heights! Great Job! Looking Forward To More!


on February 26, 2012 at 1:56am

Like Christian said before me, I had some problem hearing at times as well. Especially during the spacesuit scenes. The CGI effect could use some tuning too, so that it could blend it better with the actors. And speaking of actors, from what little I've seen, I feel like the characters are a little bland, without flavor, personality-wise. If you compare with, say Battlestar galactica, you had the hilarious Dr. Baltar, the hotblodded starbuck, the moody alchoolic colonel,etc,etc, each characters felt unique. Same thing for Firefly.

I understand I can expect to see all that in 30 minutes of video, from a low-budjet production, none-the-less. But these are minor cons that can be fixed, in comparison to the facsinating story and setting you guys have envisioned. It is spot on! This how sci-fi should be done. And kuddos on the O'neil cylinder, I'm a big fan of those as well :)

Here's hoping the show will grow and find success!


on February 25, 2012 at 4:38pm


Chad Burns

on February 25, 2012 at 5:37am

@Mulderc...spread the word, the more people who see L5 the more I think will love it and want more. Donate if possible.


on February 25, 2012 at 5am

Amazing show, i can't wait for me. What can we do to help!

Will Finson

on February 24, 2012 at 11:44pm

Well done...


on February 24, 2012 at 11:24pm

Just saw the first episode and liked it alot, interesting plot! Reminds me off A.C Clark´s Rama. Had problem hearing the dialog at times and some of the CGI was a bit low-value, but then again, this is low-budget and considering, its pretty great. Nice! Sorry about the double, facebook login created a new profile.......... :(

Christian Ludvigsson

on February 24, 2012 at 10:53pm

Just saw the first episode and liked it alot, interesting plot! Reminds me off A.C Clark´s Rama. Had problem hearing the dialog at times and some of the CGI was a bit low-value, but then again, this is low-budget and considering, its pretty great. Nice!

Chad Burns

on February 24, 2012 at 9:57pm

I think some of the sound issues may be from the differences in the audio set up on folks playback. I assume most of us are viewing it on computers vs TV. If you haven't watched with a surround sound set up, you really should.


on February 24, 2012 at 8:33pm

I personally had no problem hearing what was said, but that might have something to do with adjusting the equilizer. Im not all tech savy but it seemed to help me. Thoroughly enjoyed this and will definately be waiting for the next part. TY for the hard work. Amazing that you can take 15K and do more than some hollywood producers can with millions.


on February 24, 2012 at 7:25pm

Your efforts to provide us with subtitles is appreciated!


on February 24, 2012 at 7:16pm

@SLICEOF3.1415We are working on the subtitle problem, I didn't want to address it until we had a solution.I responded to his comment because I am a gigantic nerd and love to discuss the details of physics/space travel and such.


on February 24, 2012 at 7:12pm

I have to add that some of the L5's viewers are not native english speakers and so they nesd english subtitles


on February 24, 2012 at 6:56pm

The points made by Dave were very thought out, and left me with curiosities not yet thought of. Further more, I am very grateful you took the time to explain the portions of L5 which where in question. The short banter back and forth furthered my desire to know the secrets of L5.
That being said I'm kind of dumbfounded by your ability to focus in on a single response filled with specific issue's. The reason I am so dumbfounded is the overwhelming request for ( either ) subtitles or a re-editing of audio, possibly raise the vocals over score.
Given your in depth, detailed response, it's obviously you've kept an eye on the chatter. Air go, you are more then aware of the problem. Thus, an immediate fix is not expected, but acknowledgment of the problem & a promise to address the issue would be a wonderful gesture.
After writing about the audio I went back to re-watch the show. To my own surprise I found that much of the audio was not discernible. Some times due to the score over powering the lines, and sometimes because of items within the scene (such as space suit, etc.). All of which is a real shame! It seems ( in this viewers mind ) that the beauty of this show lies in the fine details. Yet the detail is lost in translation.
In conclusion, please respond to your fans with some sort of assurance that the issue is on your radar, and will be addressed. Thanks HEMOGOBLIN


on February 24, 2012 at 5:54pm

I've wanted to see a decent CGI of an O'Neill cylinder for years. It's one of the reasons I supported the L5 project both on Kickstarter and here. I love the fact that this project represents hard science fiction. As the author Neal Stephenson has recently pointed out, big ideas and big projects often come from people who were inspired by those kind of ideas in SF.

My congratulations on a great start. Please show us more of the O'Neill colony!

P.S. --I appreciate those who pointed out the need for better dialog audio -- I thought it was just my old ears.


on February 24, 2012 at 3:55pm

Amazing! This could be one of the best sci-fi-shows (both effect-wise and story-wise) around right now! Incredible how you have managed to make such an episode with only $15,000! Hope there will be more episodes soon :)


on February 24, 2012 at 2:58pm

Nice episode 1 can't wait to see episode 2 :)...


on February 24, 2012 at 11:31am

I will say it again: please give us english subtitles!