I’ve been a movie buff since Star Wars (released in 1977, no roman numerals, no subtitle). Before then 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.

By the time I got to college, I was daydreaming of writing and making movies. But as print fiction became my focus, the movie daydream faded into the background. Nevertheless, over the years I did write some teleplays and screenplays—which went unsold or unfinished.

My movie obsession and screenplay dabbling eventually paid off, however, when I stumbled into working on Afterglow StudiosSpace Next, a documentary on the journey of humans to space and the future of the space program. My second movie for Afterglow is Touch the Stars, a history of NASA’s exploration of the solar system and beyond. I’m continuing to work with Afterglow on additional projects in development.



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


Note that the poster at right is in Danish for the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen!


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