At about 4:44 a.m. (CDT), the production company Rooster Teeth successfully funded its first fan-funded project to create a feature-length film, Lazer Team on Indiegogo. Founder Burnie Burns created an endearing YouTube video briefly explaining how the fans have been asking for years when they were going to undertake the project, and how fan support has always been an integral part of growing the company.
So what do we know about it? The story has been in the works for years according to Burns, and they've been waiting for RT to grow as a company in order to have the resources to actually make it happen. The project hit goal at $650,000 which sounds like a shallow budget, but if you stop to consider RT has a lot of resources -- studios, lights, cameras, sound equipment, and a full team that work on podcasts, shorts, animated web series' like the highly acclaimed and long-running Red Vs. Blue series, and RWBY, and high quality live-action shows like The Gauntlet and Immersion -- it doesn't sound all that crazy. With all this experience and equipment on their side, $650,000 actually sounds like a reasonable budget to set, and helps reinforce the belief that this is going to be a true-to-its-roots great RT production. It also doesn't hurt that their office is located in Texas, who's landscape is somewhat suited for a science fiction film.
Lazer Team, true to the company's origins, will indeed be a science fiction comedy. According to the Indiegogo page, the story is as follows:
In the late 1970's, the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence project received a one time signal from outer space. It looked exactly as theorists thought a communication from an alien civilization would -- unfortunately it has never been decoded. Or so we were told. Unbeknownst to the general public the signal was translated and told us two things:
We are not alone.
The galaxy is a dangerous place.
Until next June of next year, however, we won't be able to give you anymore than that, as a conference call won't be held until then for all Behind The Scenes-level backers in which they will discuss the plot in greater detail. You'll just have to stay tuned on Examiner for the latest news, updates on trailers, early screening reviews, and inside looks at production as we get closer to the release date.
Sites like Indiegogo have lately proven notorious for funding big projects from beloved companies like Rooster Teeth in the past, and this one was no exception. If you want to get in on the action, however, there's still plenty of time, so click here to be redirected and donate what you can to help fund the project. The current stretch goal is to reach $750,000, at which point they'll release six new episodes of their popular retired show Game Time. Beyond that, who knows. Support the campaign by sharing, donating, and spreading the word anyway you can to find out.