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 02, 2012 at 1:51am

My close encounter with Episode 1 (initiated by updating uTorrent) left me wanting more, though not entirely uncritical. Apart from the no-audio-in-vacuo gripe voiced by others here, I found some of the dialogues unintelligible due to poor diction and overly prominent sound effects and music. In this respect, those involved in producing subsequent episodes should seek inspiration from the master of the medium, Stanley Kubrick, who elevated the use of sound effects and music in his films (most notably 2001: A Space Odyssey) to unprecedented heights of brilliance, though NEVER to the detriment of the human voice.

Chad Burns

on March 01, 2012 at 9:51pm

@ Peter
Yes...the torrent/download is the whole Pilot(27 minute video).
You can stream/view it here on VODO for a donation, or you can download the torrent for free. After downloading it, if you leave your torrent client open, you will become part of the sharing network.

Peter T. Pidrak

on March 01, 2012 at 9:43pm

Ok, It looks cool and I would like to see it. Are the download links under the trailer for the whole episode? I am downloading a Torent viewer, and then Downloaded the Link aparently, it downloaded the show and now is uploading something. Is there somewhere to just watch it online?


on March 01, 2012 at 9:06pm

@KARATASIOSPA Couldn't agree more. If people like what they see, they should support this wonderful and original series. 1$ would be enough. :). Start donating people please and support L5. You will not regret it...


on March 01, 2012 at 6:53pm

I love the idea of network independent productions! I have the big hope that one day .. this will be a normal way to create / and enjoy tv series. If from the 660.000 people who watched it, everyone that enjoyed the episode and and would like to see the next one would at minimum pay $1 .. it would be a success. I think there should be a short clip infront and after the episode to show how easy it is to donate and how important it is.
I know .. doesn t look nice to have something like that infront or at the end, but hey .. if you rent a dvd or something, they use it too for advertisment etc. I donated more than $1 as i want to be a part of this, and i, together with all the other donators want to set a sign that this concept could become reallity hopefully pretty soon.


on March 01, 2012 at 2:20pm

Donations are, unfortunately, far behind the number of downloads. More than 660000 downloads and only 5600$. Come on people if you will not donate we will never see the next episode!!


on March 01, 2012 at 2:09pm

You would have thought 600,000 downloads might lead to about $3m, something needs to be done to highlight the funding scheme.


on March 01, 2012 at 6:29am

I don't care what anyone says, this has to be one of the best and finest shows I've seen in a very long time. Minor issues, including technical challenges (scientific accuracy, etc) but I love this. PLEASE MAKE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will Finson

on March 01, 2012 at 6:15am


Very nice... People like you are who will make this all possible

Join us on Facebook... Feel free to post your blog on the L5 fan page!!


on March 01, 2012 at 6:09am

Wanted to alert you to my first ever blog post. It serves as a review & means of generating interest in the show. You can find it on my blog at:

Or it's also posted at the Three If By Space site here:

Just doing my small part to try and support what will become the standard model of entertainment in the future. Excellent job guys!


on March 01, 2012 at 1:21am

use amazon, google or something else ..I refuse to use paypal

Chad Burns

on February 29, 2012 at 6:56pm

Not only do we want to entertain...but also educate!! :D

Art Utek

on February 29, 2012 at 6:54pm

I see, thanks, very interesting! Didn't know Gundam borrowed an existing design down to details...

The colony is really spectacular in all that glorious CGI.

Chad Burns

on February 29, 2012 at 6:47pm

@ Art Utek
That comparison is something we hear a lot, L5 being like Gundam.
Just so you know...Gerard O'Neill came up the the Island Three colony design that L5 is directly based on in a paper in 1970 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_K._O'Neill) whereas Gundam 'borrowed' the idea in 1979 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam )
There is also a reason cars have 4 wheels. :)
If a design works, people use it.

Art Utek

on February 29, 2012 at 6:08pm

That colony and the name of the show itself gave off a lot of Gundam vibes.

Awesome movie, thanks!


on February 29, 2012 at 1:09pm

interesting story, well put together. spoilt by some annoying basic fails. hint there is no sound in a vacuum. If they can stop that sort of irritating departure from reality it has great potential.


on February 29, 2012 at 3:32am

anyone have the english subtitles?, i want to translate it into spanish for a forum


on February 29, 2012 at 2:56am

So, did anyone get the wallpaper/mp3/pdf? Where do we send queries?


on February 29, 2012 at 1:51am

Just a heads up to everyone, we are STILL working on the subtitles, thank you for your patience, we are tackling a number of things and this is a priority!

@David Madlener:
The Argo is equipped with a full gamut of spectroscopy equipment, multi-spectrum telescope arrays, across all relevant EM frequencies. You assume that these scans haven't been performed. Actually showing these measures being taken would slow down the plot, so we simply hinted at the notion in the beginning, that two astronauts have been analyzing the data. In fact, you see the software identify the dark side of the planet, indicating that other sensing packages, working in non-visible spectrums, quickly did their job. There was no reason to show astronauts sitting for hours doing full-width half max measurements of various points on the Earth's surface. We did however hint that this was an ongoing process, on the large flat MFD in the scene with the crew in the blue com room, you can see a multi-band sweep timelapse of the Argo, showing the beams as multi-colored funnels searching not just Earth, but near space as well.

No probes were sent to Earth for the following reason: all available probes were expended and put to full use during their interstellar mission. The mission had not planned on needing more probes or landers to analyze Earth upon returning. The Beagle probe they release is a utility vehicle designed for close-range inspections of the Argo itself, not for exploration. That is why you hear Adams say "The Beagle is being retrofitted for an excursion inside the colony". That means the astronauts have attached various sensing packages and tools to the Beagle probe to extend its capabilities for this ad-hoc mission.

If you watch Kason closely, you will see that he is not actually manipulating the joystick. It serves strictly as a backup, he keeps his hands and fingers hovering over the stick should the probe encounter something its computers cannot quickly process.

When the astronauts look out the window at Earth, this is simply to underscore the extensive data that they have already been pouring over in their minds for several hours.

We consulted with several scientists throughout the process, including NASA, DOD, and other Aerospace Engineers. Granted, there were some artistic licenses that we took.

Thank you though for keeping a close eye on our science!

Steve Wilson

on February 29, 2012 at 12:17am

Totally agree with LONEWOLFVIII, sci-fi needs to be a lot more in our lives. Great film (found you by accident) am totally hooked... Donation on its way, keep them coming