Everyone can now have a tailored IMDB made by their friends.
OrbitFront will distribute and host independent movies and video games. Users on OrbitFront can get content for free on the condition that they provide a review to their followers. Anytime someone purchases that film or game because of a user's review, the user gets 10% of the money in credit that can go towards the media they love on OrbitFront. Word of mouth is a powerful tool. Users will follow people they feel provide accurate and insightful reviews that are in line with their taste. This creates communities around content.
A unique and quality experience for both consumers and creators.
Currently it's very difficult for independent movies and games to see mainstream attention. There are a ton of great independent film and game creators who want to get people discovering their work, and sharing opinions. However, because these producers are working on a smaller budget, the public isn't seeing their creations. Crowdfunding has helped, but we think we can bring independent media to the mainstream focus.
A beautiful and social design.
This is the feed, where you'll spend the majority of your time on OrbitFront. It's a chronological list of the film and game reviews by everyone you follow on OrbitFront. You can pay to stream a movie or download a game directly on the review, giving 10% of the money to the reviewer in credit. It's not a social network or an e-commerce site. It's built for a purpose that focuses on the art of cinematography and video games.
For the less socially inclined, you can just look at the catalog and see averaged out reviews. Note, none of these great films are associated with OrbitFront, we're just using their covers as an example. We'd like to get up to more mainstream (think Fox Searchlight) flicks, but we're starting out with indie content.
Founded by teenagers, funded by you.
OrbitFront's profit will primarily be from a 20% distribution fee from each sale. This means advertisements can remain minimal, like Reddit. Tyler Simpson, 15 years old, is the CEO of OrbitFront and has a 70% stake in it. Tyler Simpson has acted as the sole developer of OrbitFront for the past year and a half. Brandon Keller, 16, is the co-founder and holds 30%. Brandon Keller works in media outreach. We grew up together in West Seattle. We've know each other our whole lives; our brothers first became friends in preschool. Last fall OrbitFront was announced at the DEMO conference in Santa Clara, California. Since then we've tweaked the idea and have been talking to various investors, attorneys, movie producers, and developers to make OrbitFront a reality.
Funds are intended to be used to pay for development costs and legal fees necessary in setting up a business. Legal costs that investors require have already cost our parents more than we'd like to admit. While Tyler has managed to do quite a bit from self teaching, we'll need to hire people with more experience to complete the site with Tyler. This means at the age of 15 and 16 we'll be job creators with your help. We're also using Indiegogo as a proof of concept. We're currently in contact with several movie and game production companies, and we'll keep this up throughout the project duration. Once it is complete, OrbitFront will begin phase 2 development (phase 1 was completed in 2012 for the DEMO conference). This should finish before the end of the year, at which point we'll launch it for all Indiegogo backers as a beta. By February 2014 OrbitFront will be available to the general public.
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Risks and challenges
Since we're minors, being taken seriously can be a hassle. However, we've never let that get in our way. This crowd-funding project will prove teenagers can accomplish something. It will make investors less wary. However, if we are unable to bring it to the level of perfection we strive for due to unforetold reasons, our current prototype developed by Tyler can be released in a working form for content makers to publish on and for you to use. We promise we'll release OrbitFront by 2014.