Synopsis: The time is today, and 240 miles above the earth the International Space Station is experiencing another day of experimentation and technical routine when an explosion blows out part of an American node on the ISS. It quickly becomes apparent that as World War III has begun on earth, it has also begun in space among the various people representing their countries on the ISS. Only through a determined faith in God can a victorious peace be attained, on the station and down, below, on earth.
David Rosler - Writer/Producer/Director
David Rosler has written and will produce and direct the feature, as well as ensuring the creation of the visual effects required to tell this particular story effectively and realistically. David has over 35 years experience in the industry as the producer, director, animator, storyboard artist/director and creator of special effects. David Rosler's unusually diverse cinematic career highlights include Writer/producer/ director, H.G. Welles' The First Men In the Moon (3D feature); Alien's, Dinosaurs, Mythology & Us (3D series pilot, accepted by the now-defunct Panasonic 3D TV channel); Producer/Director Saturday Morning (romantic comedy feature, Vivendi Universal); storyboards/character design Everyone's Hero (feature, 20th Century Fox); Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers ( syndicated TV series, ITC Entertainment); Much high-end creative work (directing, producing, storyboards, special effects) for many TV commercial spots, J. Walter Thompson, Sachi & Sachi, others); Special Effects Alive planetarium laser disc series continues to be regarded as best in industry; more. See a larger encapsulation of David Rosler's career highlights at DAVID ROSLER.COM. NOTE: Apparently there are a few people in the motion picture industry named David Rosler. To avoid confusion, here is the website for Orbiter's creator, David Rosler
Michael Prescott - Additional Screenplay Material
While Writer/Producer/Director David Rosler continues to expand and fine-tune the Orbiter screenplay, his old friend New York Times bestselling thriller novelist Michael Prescott has joined forces with David to increase the range and suspense of the story. Together they are determined to make the Orbiter screenplay the finest and most intense story put to screen in ages. Michael is not only a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author but is currently one of the top-selling ebook authors in the United States.
Katherine Shell - Associate Producer
Orbiter's Associate Producer, Elizabeth Katherine Shell, has years of experience as an Account Executive in Warner Brothers Home Entertainment distribution, making critical decisions for selected territories. A Tennessee native, Kathy is fully ensconced in the Christian culture so necessary for Orbiter to communicate on many levels, from production needs to advertising. As an equine enthusiast and owner of a former horse farm, she has coordinated countless horse show presentations requiring many of the precise skills needed for a creative, hands-on production such as Orbiter. She also has a professional history in radio advertising sales, which has proved invaluable for booking David Rosler on many popular drivetime radio programs for 30-minute interviews for a motion picture which has not even been created, yet – essentially an unheard-of accomplishment. The promise of millions of dollars of advertising for free for the completed motion picture, reaching millions of people who constitute Orbiter's core audience, has already been assured. Her high-energy, relentless determination and diverse talents make her invaluable for Orbiter and many more motion pictures yet to come.
Daniel Godsil - Composer
Daniel is a composer/conductor of chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, and film music, currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition and Theory at the University of California, Davis. His music has been described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as having an “intense dramatic narrative.” Notable performers of Daniel's compositions include the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the University Symphony Orchestra at California State University, Fullerton and the Nova Singers, among others. Recent film scores include the PBS documentary “Boxcar People,” Man Ray’s 1926 silent film “Emak-Bakia” and three of David Rosler's productions; H.G. Wells’s “The First Men in the Moon,” "Aliens, Dinosaurs, Mythology and Us". Daniel's Quintet for Woodwinds won first prize in the 2004 Fisher Young Composer’s Competition. His choral works are published by Alliance Music Publishing and NoteNova Publishing. Daniel was for several years the organist at his church before leaving Illinois.
Second Unit Producer/Director - New York City / Hollywood
A 40-year NYC screenwriter, Producer and Director, and good friend of Orbiter writer/producer/director David Rosler, Roy scripted the popular four "The Substitute" feature motion pictures (the original and three sequels) and dozens of others; wrote and produced the cult, multi-award-winning "Street Trash"; wrote, produced and directed the sensitive documentary about Downs Syndrome, "Burt's Bikers" for NBC television; wrote, produced and directed the award-winning comprehensive documentary study of independent filmmaking in the US, focusing on the career of director and good friend, the late, legendary George Romero, "Document of the Dead" (pulling the title from the classic "Night of the Living Dead" series of motion pictures Romero Produced and Directed). From 1985 to 1994 Roy co-produced and co-directed the extremely prestigious annual D.W.Griffith Awards Ceremony, working directly with the likes of Paul Newman, Bette Davis, William Hurt, Steven Spielberg, Kirk And Michael Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Jodie Foster and Sean Connery and a very long list of other legends. Since 1953, the D.W. Griffith Award was one of the most prestigious prizes second to the Oscars, given for lifetime achievement to such cinematic luminaries as Frank Capra, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock. Few people on the east coast are as well-connected as Roy, who will be working to bring top talent behind and in front of the cameras for Orbiter in both the New York and Hollywood second unit footage. Roy was a 30- year member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. He wrote for the oldest film journal in the United States, Films In Review (established in 1919) for over 20 years before purchasing the magazine in 1996, which he still owns, is still editor-in-chief and for which David Rosler now serves as Special Contributing Editor. Appropriate for Orbiter, one of Roy's all-time favorite motion pictures is The Ten Commandments, and he is pleased to be contributing his considerable skill and talent to a "very worthwhile and extremely exciting project".
Lonny Buinis - Technical/Scientific Advisor
Astronomical expert Lonny Buinis is one of David Rosler's oldest and closest friends. A small observatory was recently named after Lonny, so well-respected is he in his field. With degrees in physics, computer sciences and mathematics, he ran one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the United States. Lonny is also a ranking member of the International Astronomical Artists Association. As Orbiter's science advisor, Lonny will make sure that as a “science fiction” motion picture, Orbiter is, technically speaking, all science and no fiction. It was their collaboration which resulted in David Rosler's extremely successful laserdisc series for the planetarium industry, “Special Effects Alive” regarded the world over as the best-ever product of its kind. Already Lonny's expertise has helped craft one of Orbiter's most surprising and exciting plot twists. Lonny is a popular and much-sought-after speaker at scientific shows and conventions, sometimes speaking to audiences in the largest venues. Obviously respected and much-admired within the astronomical scientific community, Lonny and can be relied upon to make sure Orbiter's science is grounded and accurate.
Special Cel Animation and Special Physical Visual Effects
With a BS, a Masters and a Professorship (having created most of the animation curriculums at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh), Rick started his career out of high school as an animation cameraman and showed huge dramatic skill right out of the gate by creating the extremely powerful animated still montage which concludes the seminal horror classic Night Of The Living Dead at the company "The Animators" where he eventually served as a partner for 14 years. With a huge artistic range, additional feature work in his own company, Anivision, included Steven King's Creepshow, Creepshow 2 and Riami's ("Spiderman") Evil Dead 2, the brilliant Romero unsung classic, Monkeyshines, Dark Half, Dungeons and Dragons and others as well as an endless slate of TV commercials and the TV shows including Starship Troopers Chronicles, Kid N Play, and Xena, Warrior Princess. That's a very interesting career lineup for a devout Christian who lives his life every day according to the Lord. Rick is currently developing a Christian TV series as well as a show for Fox Animation. Rick will be supplying selected shots using unique techniques for a very special and unusual sequence in Orbiter.
Mark Southerland - Second Unit Producer/Director, London/Paris/Europe
Mark is a British Art Director, production designer and Director working primarily at the venerable BBC. A desire to enter the Christian filmmaking community has led Mark to offer his services as Second Unit director, handling all of the European scenes for Orbiter according to David's script, direction, and storyboards, allowing orbiter to not simply mimic what happens around the world, but stage these events in the actual locations. Mark's Art Direction includes the BBC version of HG Well's The First Men In The Moon (Not to be confused with David Rosler's production of the same book and name, 2 years earlier); Gulliver's Travels (20th Century Fox); White Angel; London Spy (BBC TV series); Legacy (TV Movie BBC); many other TV movies, series and specials. His highly diverse talents in television and motion pictures make him an ideal choice to oversee the second unit work in Europe.
Pastor Raheel Arshad - Second Unit Producer/Director, Pakistan
Pastor Raheel Arshad lives and runs his ministry in Lahore, Pakistan with noteworthy bravery, as Pakistan is a country well- known for the Persecution of Christian. As Founder and Chairman of "Fresh Flame of Holy Spirit Foundation" this relatively young Pastor is spreading the Gospel to hundred and Thousands of People. I'm the Founder and Chairman of "Fresh Flame of Holy Spirit Foundation". His ministry to Villages and Towns all through Pakistan. The ministry helps the poor, needy and hungry people of Pakistan, from orphans to the elderly, bringing many to Jesus Christ.
The ministry is also video-tech savvy, and it is clear that the scenes needed from Pakistan will be handled with the utmost quality from the Fresh Flame of Holy Spirit Foundation.
As Reheel says, "Our Ministry helps the poor and needy, Widows, children the street and the Nomads. We give Free Education to the Children. because the majority Christian people in Pakistan are uneducated and illiterate. Our Aim is to Save millions of people and not only the Christians in Pakistan. I believe that Orbiter, and the scene that takes place in Pakistan, will be helpful to people all over the world and bring our nations closer together as friends."
As the Orbiter concept trailer proves, the special effects in 3D have received opinions that appear unanimous: the special effects in the Orbiter concept trailer compare very favorably with the best, last word in outer space special effects movies, 7-time Academy Award winner, "Gravity".
Large theater chains in the United States have been contacted and the project discussed, and are ready and willing to accept David as the distributor of Orbiter, a critical financial aspect insomuch as delivery to a hungry audience is essentially assured, bypassing the usual confiscatory third-party distributor in the U.S. theatrical market. Related, one of the largest labs in the world, creating Digital Cinema Packages for the biggest of the major Hollywood studios, has enthusiastically agreed to handle the creation and delivery of all the 2D and critically important 3D DCPs of Orbiter to ensure the highest quality theatrical exhibition and 100% guaranteed reliable delivery to the theaters. It should be noted that Orbiter will be the first truly Independent feature motion picture in 3D which they have agreed to handle. The majority of independent faith-based motion pictures pull in a very reliable average of $60 million, whether they cost $500,000 or $20 million, they seem to earn more or the less the same on average.
The key to success at the box office for Christian motion pictures today is word-of-mouth promotion on radio and social media, with mailings and emailings to churches. That is the process which turned extremely average (in-fact, below-average) interpersonal Christian dramas like Fireproof into $50 million blockbusters. Once the live action is completed we will create exciting advertising graphics and get them online along with the motion picture website. This will be followed with exciting 30-second-to-one-minute advance trailers posted on the internet to heighten anticipation even further. Christian talk radio stations are already being lined up and there are 600 such stations in the United States, providing promotion to millions, over and over, for free. Our exclusives to the Christian motion picture genre – stereoscopic 3D and high-end special effects – will push the limits of audience expectation – and audience turnout.
David will self-distribute to dramatically more fully reap returns by eliminating the middle-man distributor; this can be done by capitalizing on the very exceptionally strong and essentially unique market attractiveness of a 3D stereoscopic live-action Christian motion picture with special effects, something never even attempted before. In 2014, 9 of the top 10 and 15 of the top 25 films were 3D releases.
David has had several conversations with executives at a very large theater chain in the United States and is able to comply completely with their technical specifications, which are actually minimal , including 4K distribution and the demand that the release print master Digital Cinema Packages are made at (name upon request) whose rates are affordable and with whom David has already forged a good communication relationship.
1. Repayment in full proportionate to investment from producer's gross (not net) movie proceeds, paid quarterly until re-payed if not re-payed with the first quarter commencing upon distribution. Repayment in full to investors is completed before any proceeds are acquired by the Producer/filmmaker, David Rosler.
2. Investors will receive a return of 30% of the producer's gross, meaning not counting the amount taken by distributors/theaters. Producer's gross will be 70% of the total amount raised if an unprecedented high 30% is given to the theaters to ensure playing at the theaters. David will offer the theaters 20% initially and if successful, will add the additional 10% of the producer's gross to the investors' take.
Theoretical Worst Case Scenario
We assume all of David's Christian motion picture will be absolutely terrific. But even if it was only an average motion picture – or below average, such as the Christian films listed previously, and not in 3D, and David was limited to initially distributing less than 200 copies, an extremely low, poverty-row proposition, even then the outlook is very bright:
The America Bible Study organization ran a poll of 42,855 people and determined that the top 9 most Bible-minded cities in the United States are Knoxville TN; Shreveport, LA; Chattanooga, TN; Birmingham, AL; Springfield, MO; Charlotte, NC; Lynchberg, VA; Huntsville, AL; Charleston, WV. Including a 35-mile radius for each city, there are 148 independent motion picture theaters apart from any associated with theater chains (most with 2-8 screens each). 148 theaters = 32,560 seats assuming the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) average estimate of 220 seats per theater. Average ticket price is $10.00 ($13.00 for 3D) = $325,600.00 for only one show on one day at capacity for all theaters combined, or 4 shows a day at 25% capacity, which equals $2,279,200.00 for a single 7-day week. Double that to $4,558,400.00 if it plays 4 times a day to half-capacity for a week, only in those very few theaters targeted where David's motion picture almost must by definition prove to be extreme red meat for those areas who will have been made aware of the motion picture on the radio and internet.
Continuing the worst-case scenario to allay concerns, if each of those few Bible belt-intense theaters average half auditorium capacity on 4 shows a day a day for a month, then even under those extremely tepid circumstances, the motion picture almost must, in theory in a worst case scenario, make at least $9,116,800.00 in one month.
Remove the theater owners' 30% ($2,735,040.00) leaves $6,381,760.00
Subtract $188,000.00 to repay investors leaves $6,193,835.00.00.
30% of $6,193,760.00 = $1,858,128.00 profit dispersed to the investors proportionate to the investment of each investor within 4-6 weeks upon initial distribution, in hypothetically 9 months after the investment is made.
It must be understood that the previous hypothetical as an absolute worst-case scenario if David's theatrical Christian motion picture is at all reasonably well made. The larger potential beyond the worst case scenario positively sparkles. All true numbers. All facts. David has proven that he can deliver in terms of elaborate, 3D stereoscopic movies on a budget.
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Co-Producer / Co-Director for 9 years of the prestigious D.W. Griffith Awards, shown here with Morgan Freeman, Kurt Vonnegut, and Clint Eastwood, among others.
Kathy knows her way around large event planning and motion picture home distribution
Lonny is a popular guest speaker at some of the science culture's largest shows and functions
Mark's Art Direction for the BBC "The First Men In The Moon"
David's experience and knowledge in almost all aspects of motion pictures and television is vast
Daniel composes and conducts large symphony orchestras
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One of Orbiter Director David Rosler's favorites of Rick's credits, the animated video, "Running Down A Dream Tom Petty music video based on another favorite of Rosler's, the characters of Winsor McKay Ricks's love of the stop motion classics is plainly seen where an animated Tom Petty climbs the Empire State Building in a takeoff of one of Rick's strongest inspirations, King Kong. As everyone knows, great artists never forget their roots.
Lonny as Professor Wedigee in David's production of "The First Men In The Moon"