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 April 20, 2012 at 6:38am

I am glad that some artists bring us some of their stuff to watch for free, it allows for ppl to get to know your work and to support the site if they like it. @RAPHAELHUBER1977 if ppl LIKE the video and want to watch more i am sure they will support the site,, but dont knock downloaders for downloading something that was available and given to the internet users for FREE.. mebbe not everyone liked what they saw and probably dont want to watch more,, it is their choice.. but i do hope that their are enough ppl that do like it and will support this artists work.. i will be. PS,,, I didnt down load it,, i watched it streaming from the site!


on April 13, 2012 at 10:11pm

When's the next episode?

Chad Burns

on April 13, 2012 at 7:05pm

L5 is going to C2E2 in Chicago! The Mark IV EMU(Spacesuit) will be worn around the con by myself...and a screening is scheduled for 11am on Saturday.
If you are local, or going to C2E2, we'd love to meet ya!


on April 10, 2012 at 5:54am

Please contribute people, I want to see more episodes. If my semi-employed and broke ass can put in $20 you can help too!


on April 08, 2012 at 9:52pm


Well said m8 :)


on April 08, 2012 at 5:45pm

Unfortunately most people in the bittorrent community have the "take everything give back nothing" kind of thinking. And i agree with you. We get what we deserve.


on April 08, 2012 at 5:35pm

1.7 million downloads? what IF everyone would spend a dollar? or half? or a tenth?
But no, not even a lousy percent of the downloaders spends a dollar each. It's a shame and proves that the bittorent scene is just a bunch of leechers and hypocryts. Makes it understandable why big studios want to wipe out bittorrent and piratebay. because WE deserve to be wiped out if we can't manage to fund L5 significantly ourselves.


on April 08, 2012 at 4:57am

And of course, its another Stanley


on April 08, 2012 at 4:54am

What a great show this is. It is science fiction based on HARD science!!! That means the show tries to be scientificly accurate. As an example of a flawed science fiction; the movie Moon looked really great outside the moon station but inside there was earth gravity, that ruined the movie for me. l5 is in the same league as 2001.

Chad Burns

on April 06, 2012 at 12:31am

The next donor gets to be the one to push L5 past $12,000!

Chad Burns

on April 03, 2012 at 5:56pm

Tomorrow April 4 is Director Stanley Von Medvey's Birthday.
Everyone make a wish...I know what his is.
Want to give him an awesome present?
Donate an extra 2 bucks....


on April 03, 2012 at 3:10am

Hey guys, thanks for coming to Minnesota to show L5 at MarsCon. After 2 weeks my wife and I were still so buzzed about it we decided to toss a bit of money toward episode 2.


on March 30, 2012 at 9:51pm

What an amazing first episode. Great quality. Great premise. I can't wait for more episodes. Will be donating of course.


on March 26, 2012 at 11:06am

Okay, a short episide, could only get two weeks out of ten minutes per week as suggested, not sure that will help. What kind of funding target are we looking at

Hemoglobin, I know you indicated you don't really know for sure, how about just an order of magnitude. Studio investment could be millions or tens of millions or ... Knowing the goal helps the step of helping.



on March 26, 2012 at 4:38am

It is a good. I was just looking at the color and perspective and a new name. Only to make it look better.

Mark Harris

on March 25, 2012 at 6:23pm

@SEMICHARM, or another idea might be to release it for free in 10-min per week chunks, but offer the whole thing as one for pay. So the people who want it all now, can get it. I'm thinking about all of this stuff a lot because I'm looking at a VODO release of my own film later in the Spring.


on March 25, 2012 at 3:01am

Mark Harris:
And considering the amount of work this episode must have taken, maybe release three 10 min episodes to stretch out your time some more.

Good point. I've seen other similar sci-fi projects, such as the original Sanctuary web series, go that route. It's kind of like were most shows would have a commercial break. Except the breaks could be a couple of weeks. Also like L5, Sanctuary did their scenes almost excursively during post production in CG. Most of it was static camera angles, but that was 5 years ago when motion tracking wasn't cheap.

Mark Harris

on March 24, 2012 at 4:52pm

Really very impressed with this. Some of the CGI is kind of clunky, but the focus on the drama and characters proves that that doesn't matter as much as people like to think it does. All too often, Effects are used in the biggest blockbusters on down, to cover up a lack of anything actually happening. I really applaud you guys for focusing on what's important.

Another thing I thing I really appreciate is the actual cinematic quality of the shooting. The mistake that CGI heavy movies usually make (see Phantom Menace) is they treat the screen like a proscenium and just kind of point the camera at the action. I love how you created actual shots and gave them depth by placing objects between the viewer and the actors. Simple things like the transparent computer screens, windows, etc.

Special kudos on details like the coming and going of the sunlight in the rotating section of the ship.

I think in future episodes you can improve this even more by working on the acting some, getting the actors to do less and less. What I mean is there are times when they overact just that hair enough to kill their edge. A simple example is an actor in CU reacting to something by turning her head. But since she's in CU, just reacting with her eyes is enough. The head turn pushes that moment just enough over into overacting.

This is all minor, as the acting is very good, just throwing out a suggestion on making it even better.

Also, have you considered breaking this into smaller episodes? I saw numerous good places to leave it at a cliff hanger. And considering the amount of work this episode must have taken, maybe release three 10 min episodes to stretch out your time some more. I'm sure many will disagree, but as I said, give the work involved…


on March 24, 2012 at 3:28pm

I loved the reflections of the film crew in the helmet-visor. You all look great in black ;)

Great initial episode. Good attention to detail with great editing. I think there is definitely a good foundation on which too build future episodes.

Note to the chaps/chapesses (is that a word?) doing the screens for the tech - they are highly visible during the show and often display material associated with production and not "realistic data"- if that makes sense. Soz - been a techy for more than 30 years - I`ll get my coat.

So, in closing, great first episode, great production values and excellent effects, given budget considerations etc.

Keep the faith and keep up the excellent work!


on March 24, 2012 at 8:23am

Thanks Chad, caught the interview. Really appreciate the show's dedication to trying to get the science, that science doesn't need to be the fiction in sci-fi.