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 August 07, 2012 at 10:35pm

In my opinion trying to find some network (idependent or not) will not get you anywhere, at least not for some years. And since the "give it free to the net and pray for donations"doesn't seem to work either you (and every other creator of an independent movie or series) must find another way of distributing your creation.For example if you had given 5-6 minutes of L5 free and the whole episode for a small price (say 40 cents) even with the one tenth of the downloads you have now you would have made the money for 1-2 more episodes.


on August 03, 2012 at 7:13pm

Everyone, thank you so much for your enthusiasm and energy for our project. Right now, the best thing is continued exposure, of the youtube, vimeo, and vodo links. Exposure means that buyers and producers from different studios take notice, and it helps establish that L5 has a fan base that wants more. We would encourage donations and funds more strongly, but at this time we don't think it will lead to sufficient funding to produce the rest of the series, so we don't want to lead fans down that path. Donations are welcome, and are helping us offset the cost of producing the donor rewards (which we have found is a massive undertaking that we are still working hard to tackle). The rewards will go out, probably in bursts over the next several months. There have been a few things holding us back, life/surviving not the least of the factors. But donor rewards will go out, we haven't forgotten, and no one will get shorted. If someone gets the wrong thing, or if someone doesn't get what they paid for, don't hesitate to let us know, we will do our best to rectify it.

Our current strategy, and the one that has been bearing the most fruit, is to drive pitches towards independent and mainstream studios alike. Unfortunately, that is a very time consuming process (to give you an idea of a worst case scenario, Mad Men took 10 years to produce). Continued fan support and viral spreading encourages studios large and small to expedite the production process as they can sense a sustained market interest.

I want to apologize if our interaction with fans seems sparse at times, we don't get paid to do this, and thus, much of our time is dominated by day jobs, freelance gigs, etc. This is a passion project that we hope will become our full time thing, and every spare moment is spent working with agents, producers, and buyers to build a business case and develop the series into a funded reality.

I hope that answers some questions! We really love the fans tremendously, and it really drives us and fuels us to never give up on this. L5 will, eventually, become a reality. A tremendous, ground breaking science fiction series that we truly believe will become a part of the world language for decades to come. It just needs the right funding to accomplish that, and spreading it around is the best thing fans can do to help us achieve this.


on July 31, 2012 at 1:57am

Thanks to all who have donated so far. For all those of you waiting for hard-copy materials by post, thanks for your patience - there will be a status update from the L5 team shortly.

Chad Burns

on July 20, 2012 at 8:33pm

L5 had a panel at Comic-Con San Diego
You can view it at the following Youtube link:


on July 16, 2012 at 7:56am

This project needs to stay alive, I really want to see this show keep going. We need more L5!

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on June 19, 2012 at 10:06am

I liked the content. the streaming tech leaves a lot to be desired. However I would like to learn more about the story. The script issue I didn't like was that the computer had all this time to figure out what the transmission was and it's theory was not shared... Look a computer thought delaying the return home by over a hundred years was a good idea and didn't explain why. that's dumb. The story has potential but I feel that was a plot element to try and hook me. It kind of did... but it also annoyed me. Maybe if video was an hour long it might have revealed some answers and I wouldn't have minded as much.

Kirk Claybrook

on June 11, 2012 at 5:58pm



on May 29, 2012 at 12:35am

As of this writing, there have been 1,734,184 downloads. If everyone only donated $1, there would be so much more to enjoy from this talented film-making team.


on May 25, 2012 at 2:12am

Awesome stuff... The production quality is insane!

If you did want to do what COLDCLIMBER suggests below you could use www.fillim.com the minimum amount to charge is $1 but it would give you the budget you require to continue regular production of the series in conjunction with the Vodo, Kickstarter and IndieGoGo model.

Everything is free for uploading, signing up etc. Check it out...

"POSTED BY COLDCLIMBER 2012-04-29 13:27:29
If you made this 50c a download you would have a great budget to work with, over a million downloads that is some half a million dollar budget. Loved the first episode and donated accordingly, but would have paid 50c if needed anyway."


on May 21, 2012 at 9:24pm

I'm also impressed by the budgetting!
but it isn't my cuppa, sorry :( so won't stick around.
keep it up for those who want it to happen.


on May 17, 2012 at 10:07pm

Did you really do all that for $15K? Impressive job. Certainly as enjoyable as some million dollar productions I've seen. I loved the general idea, the "hardness" of the sci fi, and the atmosphere of the show. If I had one complaint it'd be that the script seemed a bit talky? Anyway, I'm chipping in a few bucks to try to get the production and production system to the next stage. Thanks!


on May 14, 2012 at 1:25pm

Its abit problematic with crowdfunding and series. I mean, there is plenty of opportunity to make crowdfunding work (I mean, the Shadowrun game and Double Fine adventures got $2 mill each) - but with series, there needs to be an expectation that the episodes will continue to come...otherwise its not a series!

Its a canendrum surrounding the business model and how to get people paying , generating added value etc - but it must be solvable. With 1.7 mill downloads and only $14k donated, it seems as if you haven't solved it yet.


on May 12, 2012 at 12:10am

Next episode?


on May 11, 2012 at 1:15am

Wondering how much you need to create another episode. I'm willing to donate, but I want to make sure it's not getting pocket'd.

Christina Dunning

on May 08, 2012 at 5:20pm

how much will it cost to make a new episode? I loved the first one and will be donating soon but I am wondering if we'll see more of these anytime soon.

peter faux

on May 08, 2012 at 1:56am

whens the next episode


on April 29, 2012 at 5:54pm

Fantastic show. I too am finding there are no decent SciFi shows these days. Trying to spread the word as much as I can here in the Great White North. Donated, of course!


on April 29, 2012 at 3:27pm

If you made this 50c a download you would have a great budget to work with, over a million downloads that is some half a million dollar budget. Loved the first episode and donated accordingly, but would have paid 50c if needed anyway.


on April 25, 2012 at 5:55pm

L5 in language and Subtitile Portuguese (Brasil) ?


on April 24, 2012 at 4:52am

Love the show guys I am a sci-fi nut and recently have found myself homeless as far as programming is concerned I have absolutely no cash and actual;y just spent my last $1.45 on gas which doesn't get much nowadays...I will donating as soon as I am able please make more episodes....