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 joined forces with David, helping to increase the range and suspense of the story. The Orbiter screenplay looks to be shaping up as 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.
Dr. Daniel Godsil, Ph.D. - Composer
Daniel is a composer/conductor of chamber, orchestral, vocal, electronic, and film music, holds a 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 first of which was the number one box office winner when it premiered. wrote dozens of others; wrote and produced the cult, multi-award-winning "Street Trash" which premiered at New York's prestigious Lincoln Center; rote, 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.
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.
The Christian audience is so vastly underserved and starved for content, that the big money-making Christian motion Pictures have been, generally speaking, pretty poor dramas with no name actors and no production values. But they made a fortune and continue to do so because such motion pictures address an underserved audience when they know how to speak in scriptural terms the audience respectrecognizes and respects. Here are a few lower-budget examples of movies which nevertheless speak to the Christian audience scripturally. Included are links which qualify the stated dollar amounts.
Domestic Box Office $33,456,317 International $16,980
Worldwide Box Office $33,473,297 (Approx $33 million)
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $59,815,723
THEATRICAL & DVD = 93,289,020 (Approx $93 million)
Budget $2 million
Domestic Box Office $34,522,221 International $663,663
Worldwide Box Office $35,185,884 (Approx $35 million)
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $21,515,487 Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $3,576,873
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $25,092,360
THEATRICAL & DVD = $60,278,2400 (Approx $60 million)
War Room (2015)
Budget $3 million
Domestic Box Office $67,790,117 International $6,185,122
Worldwide Box Office $73,975,239
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $36,466,406 Est. Domestic Blu-ray Sales $9,270,305
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $45,736,711
THEATRICAL & DVD/Blu-Ray = 119,711,950 (Approx $120 million)
Orbiter is quite apart from the examples listed above in positive ways, only. Instead of being a simple interpersonal drama, it's a special effects-heavy, Tom Clancy-style thriller, in 3D, which also speaks to the same Christian audience with the same Biblical and scriptural emphasis as those, above. Budget to complete is $184,000.00.
7-time Oscar winner Gravity, also in 3D, is the closest visual approximation to Orbiter, and while not Christian, made $274,092,705 (approx $274 million) domestically with 90% of the domestic ticket sales in 3D, and $693,698,673 worldwide. To show the strength of the Christian market, Gravity won 7 Academy Awards, including Best Director, and the DVD/Blu-ray sales were only slightly more than those of the average Christian motion picture. Gravity's DVD and Blu-ray sales totaled $55,050,757 (Approx $55 million). The average Christian DVD/Blu-ray sales are approximately $50 million.
One very significant detail of this opportunity is that the Christian and sci-fi/Gravity audiences are additive, not either/or. We expect to get virtually all of the Christian audience of the movies listed above plus a significant portion of the "Gravity' (science fiction/thriller) audience. We estimate Orbiter's grosses to be somewhere in the area of $100 million domestic theatrical and $60 million DVD/Blu-ray, totaling $160 million. This seems to be a reasonable number for a Christian motion picture which is strong on Bible and scripture while also being strong on suspense and thrills, heavy of high-end special effects, in 3D, a project proved 100% do-able in the Orbiter concept trailer.
For investors, we are offering 1/4% (one quarter) of the producer's gross for every $10,000.00 for 2 years to a maximum of 20%. This offer ends November 8. after which 1/2 of 1 percent will be offered per $10,000.00, or half the current offer. Additionally, this offer is first-come, first serve. Once 20% of the total has been raised, no additional investment opportunity in Orbiter shall be offered.
To absolutely ensure theatrical distribution/exhibition, the producer/distributor is offering an unheard-of inducement to theaters of 30% of the ticket sales from day one. This is a huge windfall for theaters which usually start out getting a maximum of only 10% from the studios and discussions with theater chains makes it clear that 30% of a 3D Christian special effects thriller is an extremely attractive offer to them.
Here are some hypotheticals.
At an estimated $160 million, subtract $30 million for DVD/Blu-ray costs, and $30 million for the 30% to the theaters. That leaves an even $100 million. 1/4% of $100 million is $250,0900.00 for a $10,000.00 investment.
Suppose the film only earns in the low-end of the moderate range of the interpersonal dramas for some reason and brings in a combined total of $50 million after the theater's 30% and DVD/Blu-ray costs of $50 million. Your $10,000.00 investment "only" brings in a whopping $175,000.00.
Take it down a considerable notch further, Orbiter, in some impossible, inexplicable way, with a script co-authored by a New York Times best-selling author and special effects which have already been proven to match that of recent 7-time Oscar winner Gravity -in 3D! -turned out to be a real bomb at the box office. "What happened?" we say, hypothetically. "Gee, we can't figure it out! It only brought in $15 million." we puzzle and wonder. even then, your $10,000.00 investment "only" brought in $37,500.00 in a little over a year.
We still expect to bring in a total of $160 million between theatrical domestic ticket sales and domestic DVD/Blue-ray sales. None of this takes into account overseas in which U.S. Christian films do very poorly but U.S. special effects extravaganzas in 3D do ex[plosivelty well. In this regard, we are in entirely untested waters. When it comes to overseas we just don't know. But we don't need it to be happy with our anticipated returns, either.
As you can see, while sure things are almost an impossibility in this world, Orbiter is a one-in-a-million sure thing. That's why Orbiter and our studio have gotten as far as they have. People who know the business -and often business in general - recognize the nearly impossible "sure thing" because it is such a stark and vivid contrast to everything else.
Spend a couple of hours reading the information and watching the videos on this website. You'll invest and be glad that you did. Additionally, when the investment total is reached, the door closes on your opportunity to invest in the Studio or it's motion pictures forever.once the Studio becomes self-sufficient with its first motion picture, all opinions are lost for additional investment since it makes little sense for the studio to sell off large chunks of future motion pictures to investors when the budget is so modest and the return is so great. The studio will pay its own way from that point forward to reap the full rewards, so if you want to invest for these kinds of returns, NOW is the time. Do yourself a favor. Consider it, and if you decide to invest, do it right away, while you still can. This opportunity won't happen again.
AND THE ORBITER TEAM!
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.
You can also call about investments and donations at (615) 439-0161
See the donation options on the HOME page
David's experience and knowledge in almost all aspects of motion pictures and television is vast
Lonny as Professor Wedigee in David's production of "The First Men In The Moon"
Mark's Art Direction for the BBC "The First Men In The Moon"
One of many very beautiful pieces written by Daniel,