Ship design by Nicholas Militello

    Early Concept Ship Design


    Just a few of the storyboards.

    In the not too distant future, Earth is occupied by a hostile alien race that's aggressively searching for a missing alien artifact -- a sphere that contains an infinite source of powerful energy. When a resistance fighter gains possession of the sphere, he races to unlock the energy it contains in order to eradicate the alien forces and return Earth to humankind.

    Production on The Sphere started nearly two years ago. Utilizing Canon DSLRs, a MacBook Pro, and a dedicated team of professional filmmakers, we set out to create a large scale sci-fi action adventure short film on a modest budget knowing that significant breakthroughs in camera technology along with the availability of professional visual effects software could give life to an epic idea.


    After principal photography and Nicholas's original designs for the alien ships were complete, several artists from around the world were commissioned to help with the visual effects, though roughly 85% of the film's VFX were created by Nicholas Militello using a laptop and an array of servers. Post-production proved to be a lengthy but rewarding process as editing, sound design, visual effects, color correction and an original score were brought together for the final film. With post-production now complete, we are thrilled to premiere The Sphere.


    Nicholas Militello owns and operates It Factor, Inc. in Los Angeles.  It Factor is a small production company specializing in video content for major live acts and events, including the Opening to Super Bowl XLVI,  Aerosmith, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, New Kids on the Block, Deadmau5, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol.


    It Factor, Inc.'s first short film, a horror/thriller titled Beep, was an official selection of the Atlanta Horror Film Festival and the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in 2010.



    It Factor, Inc.

    Director of Photography - Erik Messerschmidt

    Composer and Sound Designer - Mariusz Jasionowicz


    Director: Nicholas Militello

    Story by: Nicholas Militello

    Screenplay by: Matthew O'Brien

    Producer: Toni Wells-Roth

    Executive Producer: Nicholas Militello

    Editor: Nicholas Militello and Peter Ochs

    Costume Designer: Kristen Ochs

    Production Designer: Alessandro Marvelli

    Makeup: Daniel Hirsch and Coel Mahal

    Casting by: Russell Boast

    Sound Designer: Mariusz Jasionowicz

    Composer: Mariusz Jasionowicz

    Sound Engineer: Adam Powell




     Reynolds Brock Cuchuna

     Father Shelly Kurtz

     Scanned #1 Toni Wells-Roth

     Scanned #2 Russell Boast

     Scanned #3 Christina Wise

     Scanned #4 Vadim Bolotsky



     1st AC: Nino Dotto

     Gaffer: Matt Barbor

     Key Grip:  Avi Roffman

     Steadi-Cam Op: Dean Gunderson


     Colorist: Jod Soraci


     Art Director: Susannah Lowber

     Set Decorator: Susie Mancini

     Art Intern: Victoria Vieria

     Prop Master: Patrick Muller


     Stunt Car Driver: David Spiegelman


     Production Assistant: Adam Parkening


     Lead VFX Artist: Nicholas Militello

     VFX Artist: Lucas Kazakevicius

     VFX Artist: Walter Schulz

     VFX Artist: Vladimir Zharov

     Rotoscope: Steve Alegria