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A thrilling, action, horror series featuring one of the greatest video game characters of all time. Gordon Freeman!

DISCLAIMER:  This project is not endorsed by VALVE.  Half-Life, the Half-Life logo, the Lambda logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation. More legal stuff at the bottom. It is a not for profit fan film.

What other cool ass Half-Life stuff can we bring you?  Here's an idea:

While building the set for the Anti Mass Spectrometer, we built it so precisely that we realized it's actually functional.  If we reach $25,000 we will buy a special crystal that we can use to open up a portal to Xen. From there we will grab a couple of Vortigaunts and bring them back to earth to use in the movie. If they're willing of course. If not we will use some special effects wizardry to create them instead.  Either way you will be seeing Vort if we raise over $25,000. 

In addition the episode will be longer and have higher overall production value.

What is 'The Freeman Chronicles'?

'The Freeman Chronicles' is a series based on the Half-Life video game. Chariotdrive and Infectious Designer - creators of numerous fan films based in the Half-Life universe - joined forces to create it. 

Wanna see some of our other films?  Check them out at the bottom!

Be among the first and few!

Now is the time to get your name on a what will be an epic episode of this Half-Life series. The more we can raise the better it will be. 

We're gonna green screen like mad.
We're gonna green screen like mad.

To take fan films and this episode to a new and exciting level, we need movie, video game and especially Half-Life fans around the world to band together!

Oh yes we're gonna make some headcrabs!
Oh yes we're gonna make some headcrabs!

How do we make it so cheap?

The cast and crew will spend hundreds and hundreds of unpaid hours working on this episode, and the budget will go exclusively to what's necessary to create a compelling Half-Life world. Things like, monsters, special effects, costumes, locations, equipment, insurance, etc. 

Keeping crews small keeps the budget low.
Keeping crews small keeps the budget low.

Why would we do this?

We have chosen to do this because we are huge fans of Half-Life.  The thrill for us is bringing one of the greatest video game characters to life. And we're not going to profit in any way!  It's just for fans and anyone that enjoys action or horror films.

This amazing game is more than ripe for a bad-ass, real-life movie, and the time is now!

We have a core story around Gordon Freeman, our protagonist, and the Commander of the HECU unit as the main antagonist, filled with terrifying monsters from Xen and ruthless HECU soldiers. It fits right in between Gordon reaching the surface and heading to the Lambda complex...you get to experience a sort of lost episode from the video game. 

Become Part of the Team

In addition to being financier for an episode of the series, YOU, will get to help us choose between possible story scenarios! You'll get to vote on what element of the game of you would rather see based on the budget raised. 

Some of the rewards also grant you titles or roles in the series! There's so many ways to be part of the team that sets the standard for what a live action Half-Life film should look like.

We'll post more designs as the campaign progresses.
We'll post more designs as the campaign progresses.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't find the spare cash to contribute, that doesn't mean you can’t help. Here's how:

  • Share the link with your friends and family.
  • Share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. etc.
  • Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google!
  • If you're local to the San Francisco Bay Area perhaps you can donate your time or equipment and get involved with the production.
  • Contact us if you want to create something for the film such as art or music.

The more money we raise, the more awesome Half-Life stuff we will add to the series. Think Tau cannon, HECU choppers, Anti-Mass Spectrometer and a horde of creatures from Zen.

VFX compositing to make cheap locations look like Black Mesa
VFX compositing to make cheap locations look like Black Mesa

Finally

We have put a great deal of money, time and love into this already, plus an amazingly talented team.

We have seen incredible support and encouragement from the fans in this community. We look forward to sharing this with all the fans when it's complete.

Thanks!

Chariotdrive & Infectious Designer.

Visit the official page.
Visit the official page.

Here's some storyboards, films & art!

Your signed Freeman poster maybe?
Your signed Freeman poster maybe?

Notes for rewards:

  • The screening and party will take place in Los Angeles and the date is TBD, everyone will be notified 1 month in advance.
  • *Travel and lodging not included for any perk.
  • ** Extra roll will be a small speaking role or extra role.
  • ***IMDB credits are usually dependent on acceptance into film festivals but we will try our very best to get it listed regardless. Etner the Freeman is listed.
  • You will receive an email with link to claim your instant download after you make your donation.
  • We will get your T-Shirt sizes after the donation period ends.  They will not be exchangeable. 
  • Travel and/or lodging is NOT included for any perk.

Regarding Copyright and Intellectual Property

This is a 100% fan-made web series. We are making no revenue from the project. Any donations we receive will directly fund the series. We will eventually make all the content available to everyone.  It's for fans, by fans. We all got together and spent our money to make a Half-Life fan film. The way we look at it here is we just got a lot more people together to do it again but this time make it way more awesome.  Then its something to watch while we wait for Valves next game. Marc Laidlaw, writer of Half-Life, when specifically asked about our first film 'Enter the Freeman', replied, ;We’re humbled that we inspire so many people to undertake these epic projects. We have gotten years of enjoyment out of these creations.' Gabe Newell said: If Lucasfilm had taken all the assets they had created for Star Wars: Episodes 1, 2 and 3 and released them to the fan community and said ‘you guys go and make three 90-minute movies', in aggregate the community would have built better movies than George Lucas did. I'm not being hyperbolic at all. I mean literally they would have made better, higher quality entertainment than he did. The key is to connect the dots for the community in terms of giving them the tools that they need.

Once again just to be clear we are not affiliated with VALVE.  They have not given the OK for it.  They own the all of it.

Valve, the Valve logo, Half-Life, the Half-Life logo, the Lambda logo,  are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our main challenge is getting the word out.

As fans of Half-Life we want to provide the best series possible. We will continually consult all those that donated for feedback on how to proceed. We want this to be the most amazing fan series it can be. If the fans get a part in making all the major decisions then it will only be that much better.

To give an example: We began funding this project on Indiegogo a couple of months ago and raised $22,000. After financing was complete we asked all the contributors what they wanted to do next. Should we continue financing or work with what we had raised. Obviously the fans have spoken.

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    GORDONS RIGHT HAND: Limited edition wallpaper of Gordon Freeman for your desktop or phone background.

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    INFECTIOUS DESIGNER: Downloadable package of the series in HD, downloads of the script, poster, production stills and trailer. Also get an instant download of never released, special features from Beyond Black Mesa. Includes: Bloopers, BTS, VFX Breakdowns and commentaries.

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    BLACK MESA FAN PACKAGE: Receive the INFECTIOUS DESIGNER reward, and get the DVD of the series! PLUS instant download exclusive Freeman wallpapers and songs from the series by Laura Duncan.

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    HEV SUPER EDITION: Receive the INFECTIOUS DESIGNER reward plus the LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY of the series. Crammed to the brim with commentaries, documentaries, interviews, VFX breakdowns, outtakes, deleted scenes and exclusive alternate endings that will never be released anywhere else.

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    HECU INITIATION PACKAGE: Receive ONE TICKET to the press, cast and crew SCREENING, as well as all the bliss and glory of the HEV SUPER EDITION perk. You get to meet the entire crazy bunch! Er...what's holding you back, people?

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    CHARGE OF THE VORTIGAUNT: Receive TWO TICKETS to BOTH the press, cast and crew SCREENING and the AFTER PARTY.)* In addition get SPECIAL THANKS to your name both in the credits and on IMDB.*** Also a large POSTER signed by The Cast and Crew and the HEV SUPER EDITION perk.

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    HALF-LIFE FOREVER: Receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit (on screen and IMDB***) as well as two tickets to PRE-SCREENING DRINKS, the press, cast and crew SCREENING, and the AFTER PARTY.* Also a large POSTER signed by The Cast and Crew and also receive the HEV SUPER EDITION perk.

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    XEN INVASION: Receive a CO-PRODUCER CREDIT (on screen and IMDB***) as well as 2 tickets to an exclusive PRODUCER'S DINNER with the cast and filmmakers, PRE-SCREENING DRINKS, the press, cast and crew SCREENING, and the AFTER PARTY*. Also a large POSTER signed by The Cast and Crew and the HEV SUPER EDITION perk.

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    RESONANCE CASCADE!!!: You're getting it all: your name is in the OPENING CREDITS of the entire series, PLUS you get to play A PART in one of the episodes** or credit as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.*** Come to set and be in the film (on screen and IMDB***) as well as 2 tickets to an exclusive PRODUCER'S DINNER with the cast and filmmakers, PRE-SCREENING DRINKS, the press, cast and crew SCREENING and the AFTER PARTY. Also a large POSTER signed by the cast and crew and the HEV SUPER EDITION perk. Also: our love forever!

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