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 06, 2012 at 11:57pm

I'm stoping this discussion now before i will listen to other characterizations. If someone does not want to donate well it's his right.


on March 06, 2012 at 11:43pm

That is a very juvenile way of looking at contributors vs. non-contributors. Who is to say that the 999/1000 people who downloaded it all loved it? Hell, I bet 25% of those downloads only made it 30 seconds into the show. This is not me saying it's not a good show, but it's a niche market. The only reason I saw this page is because it was vaguely offered to me when installing µTorrent. All I am saying is that you shouldn't assume that 99% of the people here are cheap.


on March 06, 2012 at 9:30pm

@SLICEOF3.1415Do you believe that about 999 in a thousand do not contribute becouse they jast can't afford it? There are definitely those that can't afford it and no one can acuse them. I just don't think that the 99% of the people who downloaded this belongs to the category of the ones that can't afford it. Is their right not to contribute? absolutely. But i'm sure that many of them (the ones that have the money to contribute) are complaining when a tv chanell cancels a science fiction series but when they have the opportunity to support an independent sci fi creation they don't do it. And that is frustrating.
Anyway i hope that L5 will succed raising the money it needs to continue.


on March 06, 2012 at 9:04pm

A fantastic and ambitious series. Looking forward to all future installments.


on March 06, 2012 at 8:56pm

I am thankful for your understandable view point. I feel that the comment posted did not warrant being called a jerk, and it was clear that at the moment I took offence to something & as a result become hot headed.
You two are no more out of line then myself. I had no business referring to you as a jerk KARATASIOSPA no more then you need to tell me " watch it ". In retro spec you have every right to complain about how a small percent of viewers contribute. Under that argument I have every right to defend those who do not contribute. As a person, you truly wants to give money more then anything, I feel stabbed when I read someone who thinks me less deserving. The whole principle behind all media presented on this website is we don't have to exclude those unable to afford the media when a small percent can. Rather we work together to create it so that all can enjoy. And in turn the creators have the ability to create projects which really fit their vision. A hard thing for a team to do under the command of the big company's. None of this is important. Yes, I took your comment KARATASIOSPA in an insulting manner, and lashed back. Yet have any of us done anything wrong? Other then calling you a jerk neither of us have stepped away from the idea's that make up these ( or any ) comment sections. We are not support to agree on every part of the show and or movie. Neither are we obligated to agree on the process which creates the show and or movie in the first place. You were right in saying I had no business insulting you with slanderous names. We are not children, and for that I apologies. Apart from that I stand by everything I said, and my right to voice said opinions. We may have to agree to disagree in the end, but I hope you acknowledge my right to feel this way. Even if it's just acknowledging to yourself.
Once more, thank you for your mature and direct response back. It did in deed help put the situation in perspective.Thank you, and I hope this side conversation doesn't take away from the conversations about the 3 part series. The show is splendid thus far, and deserves the attention it seems to be receiving. I hope everyone can go on talking about the scope of the show, and all it's mysteries elements. Thank you for your time everyone!

Chad Burns

on March 06, 2012 at 7:59pm

Hello Slice and all,

None of us involved in L5 have ever...nor will we ever, say to ANYONE ANYWHERE they OWE us money.We will say, as we always have, that we are grateful and humbled by their donations and trust. That we are driven to do the most we can with every single dime. That we will NEVER waste on dollar that could go into production values on any thing but production values. If people like what we, or any other filmmaker(Many of which are quickly becoming friends), on VODO produces the only way to keep that going is to donate. If a fan of our show expresses that as frustration, believe me I can understand. We will never be anything but what we have always been. Grateful.Hopeful.and working our rear-ends off.


on March 06, 2012 at 7pm


True!! i am from greece and there are allready people here who support your project allthough we live in a country which faces bunkruptcy and with 21% of unemployment.

Will Finson

on March 06, 2012 at 6:46pm

True! No one is a jerk.... Projects like this do take time... If you look at our Facebook fan page you will see supporters from all over the globe... This is a new era in film production and overall thinking in the "world" of media... It is easy to sit around and come up with witty banter... Unfortunately this doesn't help the cause. We are all humbly grateful for the support thus far...


on March 06, 2012 at 6:28pm

@SLICEOF3.1415 I'm also unemployed for the last 2 yers and without any goverment help!!!. So watch your tongue. I was not reffering to the people who can not donate but i don't believe that only one in a thousand can donatee.
And by the way i'm not one of L5's creators i;m just a fan expressing his opinion!!!
And please some moderator must intervene here. No one have the right to call me a jerk.


on March 06, 2012 at 6:17pm

Part of the reason pioneer one and zenith were able to build such donations is the amount of time which has passed since their starts. People had time to enjoy the works presented, and in turn spread the news of these new wonderful concepts. The idea's that bond all of vodo's members is a new concept which shows everyone there are other ways of making and producing high quality works without the manipulation of the industry. Changing mind sets, and creating something that is passed by the word of mouth takes time. This is a long process, but the perseverance is what makes the idea become a reality. I find it hard to believe in a project when the creator is insulting the audience for not spending enough money on his project. Not a very cool thing to say! Don't get me wrong, it's important to in courage the audience, important to clarify how essential the donations are. Yet, there is a right way, and a wrong way to stay things.
"Guys, we really want to be able to make our vision, and all of yall's request a reality. I am sorry to say though none of that is a possibility without the contribution that comes from the donations."
- right way of saying it.
"i'm afraid that many people on the internet want everything for free without even thinking to contribute."
-wrong way of saying it.
i guess this is what it boils down to for me. i live on government money. thats how i buy my food, buy my gas, buy my cat food. i take care of the mentally handy cap for a living. i have no money to offer, but i believe in vodo with all my heart. Instead of contributions, i try to spread the word about all the shows and movies.everyone i know has gotten tired of hearing about The Yes Men Save The World or Pioneer One. Yet everyone I talk to in blogs or in real life know how much passion I feel towards the projects brought to life here. When i read "i'm afraid that many people on the internet want everything for free without even thinking to contribute." it makes me feel like nothing i try to do to help matters because without money you are no good to us. so thanks brother. good luck on your show... i will not be following your progress any more. i doubt you'll mind though. after all i haven't contributed funds.

Chad Burns

on March 06, 2012 at 5:22pm

Not a whole lot of news we can put out right now. You see what Hemogoblin was able to do in L5. The fervent work continues to build the funds to carry on with further episodes and to get to a position to help all Indie Film and TV up their game.

Georg Nikoloff

on March 06, 2012 at 3:38pm

L5 is great. Soon I will be able to donate and ask others to donate too.


Will Finson

on March 06, 2012 at 3:17pm

Here is a link to a blog a fan wrote about the importance of donating... Spread the word! http://scifisingularity.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/l5-you-love-it-heres-why-you-should-donate/


on March 06, 2012 at 2:42pm

i'm afraid that many people on the internet want everything for free without even thinking to contribute.


on March 06, 2012 at 2:22pm

Incredible pilot, embarrassing/shameful amount of donations. Would appreciate some news, but I can understand if not...


on March 05, 2012 at 6:58pm

More than 1 million downloads! Congratulations!!
Unfortunately donations are still far behind. Come on people donate and help L5!


on March 05, 2012 at 5:24pm

Oh wow guys I made Czech subtitles for about 3 hours. And you speak the language, dont you? :D

Ryan Clarke

on March 05, 2012 at 2:34am

When is episode 2/part 2?


on March 04, 2012 at 3:36pm

@ Nisse,

thanks! I will wait for the official ones then because I already saw it for the first time yesterday. Will watch it again when the official subs are available. Thanks!


on March 04, 2012 at 3:07pm

French subtitles based on english and spanish ones are available on addic7ed