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 March 13, 2012 at 7:49am

next_ghost, maybe this will help you:
This is translation with correcting english subtitles. Comments are on the margins.

Chad Burns

on March 13, 2012 at 6:07am

@ Pastorvor
Not yet, there is a HUGE amount of work being done to get the rest of the episodes done.


on March 13, 2012 at 1:15am

Is there a part two???


on March 12, 2012 at 11:30pm

I'm really impressed. Overall, one of the best indie SciFi productions I've seen. I can guess from some of the camera angles and such the shortcuts that were made, but given what was accomplished with the budget, I can certainly overlook such details. Definitely looking forward to the next installment.

And for a bit of trivia, the name of the colony, and show, is probably from it's location at L5, or Lagrangian point 5. That is, the one of the five points in space were an object can maintain a stable orbit relative to two larger bodies, such as the sun and Earth. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_point]


on March 12, 2012 at 6:32pm

@NEXT_GHOST: ah, I see. There is meant to be an original English version going up from a Hemogoblin affiliate. We'll post when it's up.


on March 12, 2012 at 6pm

@JEM: I know, but it's a backtranslation from Dutch. It doesn't match the actual audio and it's full of mistakes. Useless to me.

Amanda Bynes

on March 12, 2012 at 5:37pm

Well, I just finished the pilot and here is my issues with it. I shorten the length of this message, I will write this in words that filmmakers will comprehend. Firstly, the main thing that it is lacking is the melody, and I am not referring to the score (which was good), the melody in the script, the performance, and the connection of both with the cinematography. It did not establish the intrigue/suspense that it had the potential to, instead it relied heavily on second-class script read outs. While I understand that the budget is ridiculously low, this is unforgivable in terms of film making, as establishing a smooth melody that connects all the aspects of the story and by doing so, becomes entertaining, this is were the focus should be at always. This is why I will only donate $5 to it and not $50,000 - I have been in the business a great couple of years and what I have learned is that if the creators cannot make it suspenseful, then they do not have the skills/talent to do so in the future (no offense to the creators)... in my opinion, donate money to independent filmmakers that CAN because I assure you, there are a lot of them lurking in the dark.

Regardless, if this project does continue, I will support it, mainly for the doors it might open for independent artists rather than the show itself.


on March 12, 2012 at 5:36pm

@NEXT_GHOST: not sure if I've misunderstood your post in thinking you're assuming the subtitles at http://www.addic7ed.com/serie/L5_-_The_Series/1/1/01x01 are Russian only, but there are English subs there.


on March 12, 2012 at 3:14pm

@MERCURIAN: That doesn't really solve my problem. I have no problem translating what I can hear. The problem is there are a few places where I can't hear what is being said. Subtitles in languages I don't understand won't help me much because Google Translate can't be trusted for anything more complicated than saying "hello" (and sometimes not even for that).


on March 11, 2012 at 9:05am

next_ghost, you may use the other languages subtitles for compare translations,
I reccomend you russian ones - they corrected


on March 11, 2012 at 6:37am

I want to contribute at least $100 and get a product placement or producer credits. I would also like to eliminate that 5% to paypal by using Dwolla or Bitcoin for the payments. Or if that's too complicated, I'd rather drive to chicago and hand-deliver a check.


on March 10, 2012 at 6:40pm

Moar!!! I like! 1337!!!

Okay, more seriously from what I've seen so far now, your cast looks very promising. I also liked the space animations, they were nice to look at. I really, really liked all these effects, these tiny details: The HUDs, holograms, the intelligent paper (I want that :D), the helmet cameras on the monitor like at 13:09, they were all little details which made the sci-fi setting very believable (and which I hope didn't cost too much time). Only the walking animations of those two astronauts were totally weird/unprofessional in my opinion...

Also your plans for improving the overall OpenSource production system sounds very good, hope you're in contact with Ton Roosendaal from the Blender Foundation. The current, classic movie business is still huge but thanks to the CC licensing and general openness there's a lot more room for collaboration between creators for you, making it actually possible to compete with those businesses soonish, I think.

Looking forward to the next episodes! Thanks for sharing!

Dominic Arroyo Skinner

on March 10, 2012 at 12:16am

Nice shot of all the camera crew and lights at min 19:46, not saying the series is bad but details like that are very amateur.


on March 09, 2012 at 3:31pm

BTW is there any update on official English subtitles? My Czech translation has been stalled at 99% complete for nearly a week now because there's a dozen or so lines that I couldn't quite catch from the audio. Even a plain transcript of the audio will do nicely.


on March 09, 2012 at 9:55am


Thank you for your contributions. It's great when both content and the means of distribution spark the sharing of ideas as well as files (and finance too, where people hare happy and able to chip in), and above all it's important to maintain respectful positions. It's good to see the cool-headed self-adjustment here when things got a little overheated – let's keep sharing about caring on all levels!


on March 08, 2012 at 12:26am

@NEXT_GHOST I didn't realize just how recently L5 was released. I think the one million downloads especially threw me. That puts the donations into perspective, too. I downloaded a while ago (VODO newsletter) and didn't watch for a bit, but when I finally did I immediately wanted to donate and know much more about L5.

@CHAD BURNS Thank you. I wish you guys the very best. I was blown away by L5: obviously a very high quality series, awesome premise, and extremely respectable/humble funding model to boot. I'll definitely stay tuned to any developments from Hemoglobin.


on March 07, 2012 at 10:06pm

Good show, but the audio level is a bit low. I had to turn my volume up all the way to hear it. Also where is the mkv download?


on March 07, 2012 at 2:41pm

Top notch. Loved it.


on March 07, 2012 at 2:21am

It's certainly admirable to be humble about donations. However, I must say that it's not very good for keeping those donations rolling. You've come up with a great idea and you've turned the idea into an awesome pilot episode. You're pulling in $500 a day right now so I estimate that you'll get about $40-50k total in the next 3 to 4 months. The question is what then.

In my opinion the Pioneer One team pulled the film making part off really well overall. On the other hand, they didn't do very well in raising money in donations after episode 3 (one of the reasons was most likely the episode itself). Unless you're perfectly happy with paying most of the expenses yourselves starting around episode 3 or 4 of the series, you should put some more thought into keeping the donations rolling.

The obvious answer is that you can't afford to make any boring episodes. But that's probably not enough. 'Give it away and pray' isn't a business model. Google that last sentence, the first three links lead to must-read articles on Techdirt. After you've read those articles, remember that the most valuable scarcity you can offer at any time is the release of the next episode. If you set a donation goal and release new episodes only when it's been reached, it'll motivate more fans to donate. The downside is that if you overshoot the goal or the audience loses interest for whatever reason (a boring episode or just long delays and lack of status updates about production), the show will either end prematurely or you'll end up paying the expenses yourselves anyway.

@MAFEU and others
Give it some time, L5 was released 2 weeks ago. A lot of people will donate when they get their next paycheck. $50k is a reasonable total but it takes a few months to actually get there.


on March 07, 2012 at 1:36am

I loved every minute of this first episode of L5! So I gave 10$. This episode has more than a million downloads!

If every downloader is like me the show should have made 10.000.000$ by now.

Oh, ok, let's be pessimistic: Let's say 90% hated L5 and stopped their players withing the first minute of the episode. 10% loved it.

This would be still 1.000.000$!!

Ok, people can't afford to give 10$, they only give 5$. Still this would sum up to 500.000$.

Ok ok, let's face it: 90% of the folks who downloaded the show and relay liked it didn't give a dime. Still 50.000$

So let's look at the real numbers: less than 10.000$ !! This is really sad, not even a cent on average!

Fanbase, I'm very disappointed, this way the TV revolution won't work!