SPIRIT: A Martian Story

NASA sought evidence of life on Mars.

That search begins with water, and the search for water begins with the study of the rocks and the soil.

That was the historic mission of the rovers SPIRIT and OPPORTUNITY.

This is SPIRITS story.

  • Stimson Snead
  • Stimson Snead
    The Dogs, The Catacombs
  • Randall Munroe
  • Tara Strong
    Key Cast
    Teen Titans, My Little Pony, Powerpuff Girls, Batman the killing joke,
  • Steve Squyres
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Sci-fi, family, kids, drama, historical, educational, science, computer animation, animation, effects, america, NASA, JPL, Robots, robot, children
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Stimson Snead

Award-winning director, illustrator, and ten-year veteran of the indie scene. With multiple stage musicals, short stories and comic strips also to his name.

Some describe him as an open-minded team leader who lends his signature style to projects with grace and good humor while still respecting the ethos that informs the source material. Although others have described him as a ticking time bomb of insanity and social anxiety, ready to go screaming off the deep end at any-

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Director Statement

The story of SPIRIT and OPPORTUNITY is an extraordinarily inspirational one. It resonates on a gut level to all of us working in and following the science and space community. That this effect is so often lost on the laymen is a fact we've resigned ourselves to.

But the online comic XKCD: SPIRIT by Randall Monroe, succeeded in driving home just how meaningful this story was. Becoming an instant internet meme shared by young and old alike.

It has been a pleasure of the filmmakers to translate that comic to film in order to share the inspiration of SPIRIT: A Martian Story, with the world!

-Stimson Snead