'Half Life' Live-Action Web Series 'The Freeman Chronicles' Needs Crowdsourcing Now

By Michael Epstein , Updated Mar 15, 2013 04:04 PM EDT

A pair of "Half-Life" fan filmmakers are crowdsourcing funding "The Freeman Chronicles," a live-action web series based on Valve's beloved franchise.

Creators Chariotdrive and Infectious Designer have both made short "Half-Life" fan-films on their own, but nothing close to the scale of what they have planned here. If all goes according to plan "The Freeman Chronicles" will include six connected shorts, following "a lost episode" in the Gordan Freeman story.

To bring their vision to life, the duo is looking to the fans with a $75,000 IndieGogo funding drive. According to the product page, that amount will barely cover their budget, which makes sense when you hear what they plan to make:

"We're talking soldiers, helicopters, massive explosions, Vortigaunts, Tau Cannons, gun fights, Barnacles, hand to hand combat...and it won't stop there."

Despite all those props, the duo is lowballing their request because, as an unlicensed fan-film, its a non-profit production and they don't want fans to feel like they're just begging for money. In fact, depending on how money you donate, you can become far more than an investor: The highest stretch goal, $3,333, includes a small role in the movie. (Assuming you're willing to get yourself to LA during production.) If you don't want to contribute that much, other rewards include DVDs, posters, and special roles in the credits.

Last month J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell said they had begun talks to produce hollywood adaptations of "Half-Life" and/or "Portal" during their DICE keynote. According to Abrams, discussions are still in the early going, and the films are little more than a concept in the duo's mind. In the meantime, here's a "Half-Life" movie that will get made if you contribute.

You can fund "The Freeman Chronicles" right over here.

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