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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.

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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.

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on March 15, 2012 at 5:23pm

@chad burns:

Yes, but "gravity" there was simply by rotation and centrifugal force.

That force is linearly corresponding to acceleration, which is in linear dependence on radius from center.

They entered at the center, so the force would be very small, almost nonexistent.

Also, centrifugal force could accelerate only object that are IN CONTACT with the station.

Even if one would jump from that central - axis point, his radial speed would be very small, so he would approach the "ground" very slowly in "vertical" component ( looking from the "ground"), but his lateral speed reltaive to the ground would be substantial.

Looking from the ground, his "fall" would be spiral - if we ignore for a moment air movements and resistance.

That is what caught my eye, too. In the space, there is no movement without a force. But once the put a rotteting cylinder around you and call it a habitat, suddenly all your body wants to do is kiss the ground ASAP ;o)

Minor glitch, though, especially compared to "singing phaser beams" "space-time anomalies" etc c**p from many other, shall we say "better known series" ;o)))

Chad Burns

on March 15, 2012 at 4:51pm

@ Poor COCO
A look at a comment way back in the timestream from Stan, the director to the exact same issue you raise.

"Allow me to clarify. The astronauts emerge roughly half way down from center. This would put them in roughly lunar G. The sliding happens on a slope, it is not a perfect vertical. This means that a component force arrow can be added horizontally, allowing for a bit of friction. Friction means that the colony rotation now has a way to be imparted on the sliding astronauts, and thus, acceleration occurs.

You are correct that the astronauts would not contribute a significant mass to the elevator, and alone would likely not be what causes structural failure. Unfortunately, I cannot say more without revealing too much of the larger story, but suffice it to say that there are other... forces at work. Ones that are not mystical. This is a secular show, and we don't ever plan on doing a Lost flavored mysticism/supernatural cop-out. We have reasons things happen.

Thank you for your comment though, we are glad people are paying attention to the details!

Stanley - Director, L5


on March 15, 2012 at 2:28pm

That’s an interesting and beautifully produced show! Well done.

That said... I suggest you spend a little more time on basic engineering physics. How did that huge steel platform fail? It appeared to be at the axis of the station, or almost, which means gravity would be approximately zero. The "failure load" of the multi-hundred-ton steel platform was TWO PEOPLE standing on it (without even considering the absence of gravitational pull). And when it fell it miraculously accelerated from the get-go at one gee! Huh????


on March 15, 2012 at 9:01am

okay, i'm in for 25. now where's my flying car, damnit.

p.s. thanks for coming out to MarsCon!


on March 14, 2012 at 10:23pm

I also believe that you sould put a donation target so people would know how much money you will need. It could be an incentive for donations.

Chad Burns

on March 14, 2012 at 8:15pm

We did do our homework on the Production Design, thanks for noticing! :) I'll also agree Tom and Stan did a great job of not watering down the script.
Paypal and Bitcoin are options right now for donations (See JEMs post for the Bitcoin data-tag)and ,as far as I know, other options are under investigation by the VODO team.


on March 14, 2012 at 8:02pm

I loved it. All small imperfections actually add to the persuasiveness of the whole experience.

It makes me feel almost as a part of real crew where all members don't look unnaturally cute. Theylook like typical technical staff.

Dialogs and whole story is more demanding than typical holywood c**p and I actually had to Google out a few things and to really think while watching it.

It was almost as if I was extra part of the crew that had to get to speed to catch the rest of the crew.

CGI is great, very realistic and more than adequate to cover the story. It feels amost as if many things ( vehicle, suits, various mechanisms, instrumentation etc) was done by real industrial designers.

Cudos on that.

Just one thing- will you enable more paths for donations than just Paypal ?

I don't like to work with anything that demands online credit card transactions, which Paypal does.

It would be nice to see skrill account ( https://www.moneybookers.com ) or even better, a way to make direct bank order to your bank account...

And yes, subtitles ( as an option, NOT burned in picture ) would be nice...

Finally, not all of us are on FB, how about including G+ ?

Chad Burns

on March 14, 2012 at 7:47pm

They should be available very soon. The transcription is done and they are being converted to the proper file format.


on March 14, 2012 at 7:03pm

Any news for the english subtitles from the production team? Unfortunately thee ones at addic7 have many mistakes

Chad Burns

on March 14, 2012 at 6:22pm

Cordwainer is correct...the Lagrangian points used in the show are the Earth/Moon points, not the Sun/Earth points.
Also correct is the fact that the Argo's drive is a speculative technology while the Colony is limited only by our desire and will to go build the damn thing. For more info on what we based the "Blackhole Drive" design on, have a look at this white paper
[ http://arxiv.org/pdf/0908.1803.pdf ]


on March 14, 2012 at 4:59pm

@NEXT_GHOST The Lagrangian points most often associated with space colonies are the ones created by the Earth and Moon (not the Sun and Earth). From the same article I quoted yesterday, "L4 and L5 are points of gravitational equilibrium located on the Moon's orbit at equal distances from both the Earth and the Moon." So the view of the earth would be the same size as the view from the moon.

A more interesting thing to consider from that same article is that while the Argos spacecraft incorporates technology for near light speed travel that has yet to be developed -- the colony at L5 is a possibility with today's technology.

John F. Yardley, then NASA Associate Administrator for Space Flight, said in a meeting in 1976, "I think it would be a cinch to inhabit the Moon, and it would also be a cinch to inhabit L5.... I know it is mind boggling, but still, a colony of 10,000 people at either place would be very straightforward.... Both of these could be done by 1990 if there was appropriate public support."

Of course NASA is just a shadow of what it was back then. Anything coming out of them today is limited to smaller, more pragmatic thinking. Very sad...


on March 14, 2012 at 4:03pm

@CORDWAINER Take a look at the shot at 12:20 when Adams and Lewis fly over to the colony. The Earth makes it absolutely clear that this is not any of the Lagrangian points. If it was L1, the Earth would be full circle (no shadow visible). L2: exactly the opposite - full shadow. L3: no Earth because the Sun covers it. L4/L5: the Earth would look like a tiny dot barely distinguishable from stars without a telescope, pretty much what Mars looks like on the night sky when it's closest to Earth. Remember that the distance between L4/L5 and Earth is about the same as between the Sun and the Earth. If the Earth looks about as big from around the colony as Moon from Earth, the colony is way too close to Earth to be at L5 (the point).


on March 13, 2012 at 10:44pm

@SEMICHARM -- It's good to see some discussion about the ideas this show explores -- they are really intriguing.

As for limiting the number of objects at L5 here is what I found. According to the National Space Society site about space colonization, "An object placed in orbit around L5 (or L4) will remain there indefinitely without having to expend fuel to keep it in position. The orbit around L5 has an average radius of about 90,000 miles, which leaves room for a very large number of space settlements even at this one location."

source -- http://www.nss.org/settlement/L5news/L5history.htm


on March 13, 2012 at 10:12pm

Thanks, Chad... BTW, I found this because it is offered when installing one of the torrent programs. Bittorrent I think.
Are you tracking those downloads?


on March 13, 2012 at 8:44pm

@NEXT_GHOST Although I'm a big fan of Babylon 5, I'm certain that L5 is a reference to the Lagrangian 5 point as SEMICHARM suggested. Look at the wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L5_Society and note that even in the 1970's the L5 location was being considered as a O'Neill colony location. I hope this series gives us some good visualizations of the colony. That is one of my reasons for supporting this project both on Kickstarter and here.


on March 13, 2012 at 8:34pm

@Cordwainer: I think it was referred to something like O’Neill colony L5.

The reason they are called "points" is because they are just that, points in space. LEO is a region that can have hundreds of objects. L1, L2 and L3 can only have one object. The animations on the ESA's site better illustrate that. [http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMM17XJD1E_index_0.html] L4 and L5 have a bit more leeway, but could have a small cluster of objects at best.


on March 13, 2012 at 8:15pm

@MERCURIAN Better than the backtranslation from Dutch but still not particularly helpful as I can see a lot of mistakes in there. For example line 25 should be "- You said the thing is pitch +42? - Pitch +52." and the places that I can't figure out don't really match either.

@SEMICHARM @CORDWAINER I'm pretty sure the name is a reference to Babylon 5.


on March 13, 2012 at 4:40pm

@HOZER: Bitcoin address for L5/VODO: 1B8g4UJuRVjXoUurWS2CCd2P8qkm93mPW


on March 13, 2012 at 3:51pm

Is the name of the colony really L5, or is that just its location in space. The vodo blurb says this is the name, but is it actually used that way in the show? It would seem to be confusing to name it L5, kind of like naming a Low-Earth Orbiting satellite LEO.


on March 13, 2012 at 2:14pm

Any news on the official subtitles?