“Grounded” is a visually stunning sci-fi short about an astronaut who finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet. The film is mainly the work of one person, visual effects artist Kevin Margo, who worked on the film for two years along with co-director Barrett Meeker and a small team of collaborators. The film was shot on DSLRs but many of the visuals were added digitally in post-production. Margo has released a fascinating behind-the-scenes video that reveals how much of the film was computer generated.
One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.
image and videos via Kevin Margo