What

Ausländer is an independently-produced science fiction series, set (and filmed) in modern-day Berlin.

The aliens really are among us. Some of them are inoffensive. Some are dangerous, or uncooperative. And a small group of them actually works with the local government to deal with the problem cases.

Ausländer will be distributed on the web, for free.

Why

Because it's time. The sci-fi serial has peaked and is now waning, and not because there's no interest in it, but because it needs to change and adapt to the modern sci-fi fan. And with the web and digital film technology, why wait for it to happen, if we can just get up and do our part?

We don't claim to be taking a completely new path, or to be the pioneers; but by being a little more ambitious, with an original concept and our own format, we hope to help this “new era” reach critical mass.

We want to make clever, deep sci-fi, and not dumbed-down, special effect-heavy action stories that pretend to be sci-fi.

How

Well... it's been said we have more courage than sense. But it seems the right idea can gather a lot of momentum really fast.

When

We'll be releasing a series of super-short-length (“web-length”) trailers we call “mini-pilots”. At the same time we're funding and pre-producing our first, 3-episode serial story, which we're expecting to release mid-2012. Future episodes will depend on how and when and whether we can fund them — more details about that soon.

Where

(do I keep track of the news?)

Right here, and also Twitter and Facebook.