Great Big Story ‘Coming Home From Another World’

NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin tells us about readjusting to life on earth after a stay on the International Space Station. He shares the immense love and pride he felt seeing his family and friends again. How a walk on the beach, looking at the horizon, helped him to regauge his gyros. And how driving in his car made him rethink speed; the maximum speed limit being a far cry from the 17,500mph speeds he had become accustomed to.

Commissioned by Great Big Story, ‘Coming Home From Another World’ was animated by Detroit-based studio Gunner in collaboration with creative duo Eugene Carland. The team perfectly capture the beautiful moments Melvin recollects. Combining his initial disorientation and its collision with life on terra firma again.

You can find out more about Melvin and his space travels in these videos: This is What Outer Space Does to Your Body and Chronicles: NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin.


Director: Eugene Carland, Gunner
Illustration: James Noellert, Michael Burdick
2d Animation: Marcus Bakke, Nick Forshee, Austin Hermann, Ian Sigmon
Cel Animation: Mel Mcann, Josh Parker
Original Music & Sound: Bryan Pope, Steve Saputo
Client: Great Big Story

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