I’ve been a movie buff for decades. Star Wars (released in 1977, no roman numerals, no subtitle) planted the seed. I loved that movie and, like so many people, saw it multiple times in the theater. Before that I’d never considered seeing a movie more than once on the big screen. Of course, I was only thirteen, so I hadn’t had a ton of movie-going experience. But Star Wars set the tone going forward.

When you watch a movie repeatedly, it can become study as much as entertainment. By the time I got to college, I was daydreaming of writing and making movies. But as short stories became my focus, the movie daydream faded into the background. Nevertheless, over the years I did write some teleplays and screenplays—which went either unsold or unfinished.

My movie obsession and screenplay dabbling eventually paid off, however, when I stumbled into working on a screenplay for Afterglow Studios called Space Next. Space Next, a documentary on the journey of humans to space and the future of the space program, is playing in IMAX and dome theaters around the world, and you can check here for listings. I’m continuing to work with Afterglow on various projects in development.


In Danish for the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen!




Space Next won its first award from the Giant Screen Cinema Association, which promotes giant screen movies that play in IMAX and large dome theaters.


Ooo, shiny . . .


The award was accepted on behalf of Luke Ployer and Afterglow Studios by Tina Ratterman of BIG & Digital, the distributor of Space Next, at the GSCA 2016 International Conference and Trade Show held in Toronto. Photo by James Neihouse, ASC




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