If you’re getting a feeling of deja vu, it’s because Half-Life is a particularly well-tread source material for online video minds. Machinima started the trend with Freeman’s Mind¸ a comedy, back in 2007. In 2009, the Escape From City 17 web series drew enough traffic to crash its creators’ server. The Half-Life: Origins short film scored another million hits on Machinima last year, and now Enter The Freeman will try to extend the Half-Life mythos to a dramatic web series format.
The creative team behind Enter The Freeman is Infectious Designer, a group of Half-Life aficionados who have made a couple popular fan films in the past (including the aforementioned Origins). Chariotdrive forms the second half of the production team. The initial 11 minute short film that will serve as the first episode of the series was released earlier this year on the main Machinima channel, where it found more than half a million eager viewers.
Infectious Designer still has to raise more than two-thirds of its proposed $75,000 budget, so if you like what you see from the first installment and the ensuing pitch video (Dubstep? Check. Shadows? Check. Portal gun? Check.), you still have nine days to help make Enter the Freeman a reality. It couldn’t hurt to help the series out, because if there’s one thing the world needs, it’s more head crabs.