Award-Winning Short Film is Set on an Exoplanet

by Nancy Atkinson on September 19, 2012

A new short film called “Grounded” portrays an astronaut stranded on another planet. The film combines great storytelling with stunning effects, and the visuals are nothing short of convincingly and stunningly real. But the ethereal, dream-like nature of the film is reminiscent of the ending of the movie “2001,” so, actually understanding the plot is not what the film is about. Instead it invites “unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer,” according to the description of the film. In under 8 minutes, the film explores themes of “aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations,” which is ambitious for a sci-fi genre short. “Grounded” was written, directed, edited and produced by Kevin Margo. It is perhaps one of the best short films I’ve ever seen.

“Grounded” has won several awards including Best Experimental Short at the 2012 USA Film Festival, Best Picture at the 2012 Winter Film Awards, Best Short Film at the 2012 Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival, Best Sound at the 2012 Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival, and many more.

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Grounded from Kevin Margo on Vimeo.


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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