operations prototype movie

animating the future of spacecraft operations

 
 
 

SO WHAT:

I created a movie to capture the shared vision of how future Mars 2020 operations will work. 

 
 

OVERVIEW:

Filmed with real rover planners, geologists, and engineers, the story demonstrates how the various discussions, technologies, data products, and decisions may someday fold together efficiently within a five hour tactical planning shift. This movie reveals a possible future; a future built off the notional systems engineering available during a summer of filming. This film served as an artifact and communication tool that allowed mission planners to understand and critique the impact of draft operations plans and software design. 

 
 

MY ROLE:

 
 
  • Assembled team to generate a holistic story and script: I collaborated with scientists, rover planners, and engineers on the Mars 2020 mission to assemble a realistic operations scenario and eventual script for the
    actors to reference.
     
  • Generated full length movie storyboards: I created an extensive set of storyboards illustrating the different scenes, technologies, and metadata the audience would need to follow with the story.
     
  • Directed actors and crew during filming: As director, I ensured people knew their lines, confirmed all scenes were successfully captured, and selected final shots and animations for the final movie. 
     
  • Designed notional user interfaces throughout entire movie: None of the software products at the time were real. I designed and animated the first draft of notional software products we would need to operate the spacecraft. 
     
  • Animated notional user interfaces: I used After Effects, Premiere, and Camtasia to animate the user interfaces of the notional software tools. 
     
  • Edited the full length, ~13 min movie: After filming wrapped, I compiled all the footage and edited the final, ~13 min, full length movie of the future Mars 2020 operations process. 

 

 

 
 
 
NOTE: Export-restricted data / information about the Mars 2020 spacecraft were mentioned and visualized in the full length, ~13 minute movie.
Thus, only small segments of the movie can be showcased to the public. 
 
 
 
 

NASA JET PROPULSION LABORATORY Mars 2020 Mission
Mars 2020 Operations Prototype Movie

FULL TIME DESIGN WORK with NASA'S JPL

thank you to the cast! <3

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