Monday, July 12, 2010

[News] Pioneer One: A TV Series born from BitTorrent

Pioneer One is breaking the mold in terms of how TV series will be released to you in the future.  After some digging, it seems the creators of Pioneer One used to launch their pledge campaign to get the pilot finished and launched.  I'm not usually a indie film type of person as I like my movies big budget and big action.  But this pilot episode really took me by surprise.  Refreshingly good in the plot department.  Keep in mind this is a pilot episode and I haven no idea which direction the show will take but on the surface it struck me as a X-Files type of show.  In any case if you're a supporter of BitTorrent, file-sharing, or like the idea of the creators of a show actually having final say in its production you really should check this show out.

 Here's what had to say about it:
“In contemporary North America, an object returns to Earth. A government agency recovers what appears to be a lost Soviet-era space capsule that disappeared decades ago. Inside they find the impossible — something that will have ramifications for the whole world.”
The paragraph above sets the stage for a brand new sci-fi series that will debut not on TV, but on BitTorrent. Titled Pioneer One, the series is a project from Josh Bernhard and Bracey Smith who have collaborated before on ‘The Lionshare’, a BitTorrent-exclusive film which was released on VODO earlier this year.
Rather than the traditional path taken by most TV-makers, they do not plan to pitch a pilot to the studios. Instead, they are making the series on their own backed by donations from the public. The result will premiere exclusively on BitTorrent where it will instantly have an audience of hundreds of thousands of viewers.
Pioneer One
The previous releases on VODO, a novel BitTorrent-powered distribution platform for indie filmmakers, have been a massive success as they were downloaded by hundreds of thousands of people. VODO is fully supported by The Pirate Bay, EZTV and many other well known file-sharing partners that help to promote the releases.
Josh Bernhard, who wrote the script for the upcoming TV-series, sees VODO as the ideal distribution channel for ‘Pioneer One’ and hopes that it will equal or exceed the success of the film they released late last year.
“Because of our success with The Lionshare, we think we have a novel incentive to give potential sponsors,” Bernhard told TorrentFreak. “With the number of people who downloaded Lionshare, and the demographic they come from, we think that forward-thinking companies would see the opportunity in associating their brand with a unique show like this.”

* You can check out the full article from TorrentFreak here.
          Pioneer One, A BitTorrent Eclusive TV-Series

* Get the first episode of Pioneer One here:
          Vodo/Pioneer One

* Pioneer One Official Website
          Pioneer One TV

If you are able to and like the show I highly recommend that you make a donation.  According to their site they have raised over $20,000 allready which has locked in funding for the next 3 episodes.  But their are 7 episodes slated for season 1 and incentives to donate posted on their website.

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