The insanely successful Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign has put the whole concept of crowdfunding back in the public eye in a major way. But as stoked as I am to see more of Ms. Mars, most crowdfunded projects don’t come out the gate with a built-in fanbase and proven Hollywood talents onboard. Most hopeful projects appealing to the public for support are still very much “the little guy,” but that actually makes them more interesting to me. There was never any question that the Veronica Mars Kickstarter was going to get a lot of fan support. But how much more satisfying is it to help back something that genuinely needs the support, like this proposed Half-Life web series?
The web series is the baby of Chariotdrive and Infectious Designer, the folks behind past Half-Life fan films such as Enter the Freeman and Beyond Black Mesa (both of which you can watch below. Their goal is to create a six-part web series, totaling around 40 minutes, and full of “soldiers, helicopters, massive explosions, Vortigaunts, Tau Cannons, gun fights, Barnacles, hand to hand combat…and it won’t stop there.”
That’s quite an ambitious plan for a fan-made series, and they’re seeking $75,000 of funding. Right now they’re only up to a little over $11,000, with two weeks left to go. That’s a steep hill to climb, but maybe we can help steer some generous fans their way. These guys have done some impressive stuff before, not to mention having the single best Gordon Freeman I’ve ever seen. I’d love to see what they can pull off with a larger budget. (They’re not trying to make a profit out of this, by the way.)
As with most crowdfunding, your money gets you some goodies in return, with the available perks ranging from a snazzy phone wallpaper for a $5 pledge all the way up to an executive producer credit, producer’s dinner, screening invite, and more.
You can check out the creators’ work below, so you can get a feel of whether you think their talents are worth supporting.