At 0832 CST Monday March 5th, L5 passed one million downloads.

For all of you who’ve downloaded L5 and enjoyed it, but have yet to donate anything, please allow me to explain how giving just a dollar would be the best investment you could ever make.  One damned dollar people.  You spend five times that each morning at Starbucks and all you get is 5-10 minutes of coffee you could’ve made for pennies at home.  With a single dollar from each downloader we could have already cemented a couple of 13 episode seasons each with budgets of over twice what this one cost.  Imagine how much more awesome it would be with more budgetary freedom. (Maths: $1,000,000 / 26 episodes over 2 seasons = $38,461.54 per episode.  That’s 2.54 times the pilot’s budget…for a buck!)

For the price of one “Happy Meal” you could get a month’s worth of exciting episodes instead of 5 minutes worth of simple carbs heavily infused with sodium and saturated fats and a crappy toy that’ll either end up in a landfill or in the bottom of your foot after junior leaves it in the hallway one night.  You’d be getting mind-blowing entertainment instead of filling your kids with poor nutrition and risking potential foot surgery.

For the cost of a couple of matinee movie tickets (Yeah, the cheap ones!) you could get an entire season’s worth of exciting, hard, gritty science fiction with a compelling story instead of 90 minutes of special effects with just enough plot to barely hold them together.  Or worse,  some comedy whose humor is 90% crotch/sex jokes that looks like it was written by a gaggle of 12 year old boys.  Heck, if you’re getting popcorn and drinks you could trade that in for two more seasons!  In short, stay home from the next over-budget/under-plotted “bleakbuster” and instead relax at home with the comfort of 3 continuous years of solid science fiction that doesn’t disappoint.  (You can still rent the Bluray of that Hollywood bloatbuster at Redbox a few months later and be disappointed for a lot less, plus I bet you don’t charge yourself $7.00 for a cup of Coke.  My wife does, but that’s another article entirely.)

The decision is easy and it’s kind of like going on a diet, but in order to reach your goal you only have to skip one meal per year (not every day) to get an entire season’s worth of L5.  I dare you, no I triple-dog-dare you to find a better return on your investment than that!

You’re probably asking yourself, “Who does this guy think he is telling us to pay for what’s available for free?”  Well, I’ll tell you.  I’m no different than you, actually.  I love science fiction, I want to support an online model that gives us what we want instead of what some network suits and nameless Nielsen families say we like, and I want control of my entertainment.  Oh, and I donated $10, so yeah, I put my money where my mouth is.  If we don’t donate this gem withers on the vine and we set back online entertainment by possibly years.  This is such a sure thing for such a small investment it’s a no-brainer.

Please, if you want the future of entertainment to begin now then be a part of the pioneering effort so you can look back and know we were the ones who helped start it.  There are few times in human history when the average individual can make a lasting difference and those times are dwindling so do this with us and we all win.

A couple of clicks on PayPal and you can cement your place in internet and entertainment history.  That sure beats the hell out of climbing a mountain to make history and best of all it gives the proverbial finger to the bloated, self-absorbed, wasteful and uncaring model some traditional television suits cling to like Smeagol clinging to his “precious.”  We’re united in our love of science fiction and our desire to see a change, let us be the better people and show we can all come together and support this undertaking not only with our downloads and words, but with the needed funds to keep it alive because of all the web series I’ve seen L5 is one of the most deserving.  And I promise you there will be more efforts by other groups coming out this year to wow you, so this really is the start of the trend we’ve long been waiting for.

As of this writing the total downloads for L5 was at 1,039,552, but the total donations were only at $7,473.  That’s not even half the budget of the pilot and barring those whose financial situations are very dire the rest of you who didn’t donate should be ashamed.  That’s only 7/10ths of a cent per download!  This is not how the geek community lends their support.  Please don’t think everyone else is going to donate so you don’t need to.  You are everyone else!  Join together and fill their coffers so they can fill our senses with more space adventure!

To download for free, donate for a streaming link along with L5 wallpaper/screen saver or to simply donate after being blown away by the free download you watched head on over to the L5 page on Vodo.net.

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12 thoughts on “L5 – You Love It, Here’s Why You Should Donate

    • Chad, after the great gift you gave us all in the form of L5 you’re welcome to cross-post any time! I was only writing what I felt at the moment and every single word is true. I hope those words can help make a difference.

  1. I agree…

    $10 isn’t going to kill people if everybody who downloaded the FREE pilot donates. Building a series, especially one made for the web with effects this good, is going to cost money. Period. There’s no way around this simply because the money goes into getting supplies, building sets and props, and sometimes hiring/purchasing equipment such as high-definition cameras to film the project. Don’t even get me started on how much it then costs to colour-grade and composite video with VFX!

    I don’t work for them, but the more who donate and the amount they do will ultimately determine whether the show continues development. If you want to see more of this show, then support them; if you can’t be bothered to donate at least $10, however, you probably shouldn’t be watching the episodes.

    • hyncharas,

      Thanks for joining the (hopefully) growing number of people who feel that donating is essential…because it is. I completely agree with everything you said except for one minor point.

      I don’t think it’s fair to tell people they should donate a minimum amount or don’t watch. Sure, without donations L5 and other productions like it won’t be able to exist, but you’ve got to let people give what they feel they can and appreciate even those who don’t donate. Leaving out people who don’t feel like they can donate $10 or more is likely going to leave out most of the potential donors.

      Think about it this way: If every episode of L5 gets at least a million downloads and every one of those million people only gave a measly 5 cents, that would be $50,000 donated per episode! Heck, you could literally run a successful business model off selling episodes of L5 for 15 cents and that would give them a per-episode budget of ten times the pilot’s.

      I thank you for your support, but please let’s not alienate anyone. I’m not poor but I live on a tight budget, others out there are living on very meager means and while they might be able to afford an old PC and a basic internet connection, they just don’t have the kind of money lying around to give $10. I’d hate to cut them off from this entertainment simply because they’re not as fortunate as their neighbor. I look at my donation as an investment in either multiple episodes, or as enough to cover those who can’t donate. As for as the ones who can, but won’t; nothing will get them to chip in so I don’t even think about them.

      If Chad and all the fine folks behind L5 had wanted a minimum donation they would’ve started out by only offering the show through a pay model. They’re giving it away and counting on every kind of support whether it be thousands of dollars or just a few cents. I’m sure they’re also aware that many people will never give a thing, but would happily watch every episode and they’re okay with that because that’s just the way some people are and they’re not likely to change.

      • I suppose. Hell, if I had a full-time job I’d probably donate incrementally towards the $4,000 incentive, and to my colleague’s own project; alas I’m not employed at all, so you will have to settle for $100!

    • I’m glad we could inspire each other, but we owe it all to these wonderful people who put their very lives into these projects. These are labors of love by people who love the genre at least as much as we do. Our best move is to continue to promote these good folks and encourage our fellow geeks to donate so we can see a real change in the way we get our entertainment.

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