What if your options for filming your Sci-Fi dream project were making it with extremely limited resources or not making it at all? When faced with that choice the filmmakers behind “Pioneer One” decided to make their series on their own dime and distribute it for free via BitTorrent, YouTube and Vimeo. The show has become a viral and critical success, if not a financial one, with millions of BitTorrent downloads and a New York Television Festival award for Best Dramatic Pilot.
“Pioneer One” is a story about a mysterious spacecraft which crashes to earth on the US-Canadian border near Montana. SPOILER: Discovered in the crash is a cancer stricken cosmonaut with a hand written note which claims he is the child of Soviet era cosmonauts living on a base on Mars. The show follows members of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security as they try to determine truth behind this mysterious incident while under pressure from the U.S., Canadian and Russian governments as well as the press.
Yesterday “Pioneer One” released their fifth episode as well as a teaser for their sixth and final episode of season one. After the jump, check out a episode of Geek Crash Course if you’d like to jump in at episode 5 or you can watch the entire series here.
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Watch Episode 5 of “Pioneer One”.