At the end of 2015, the astronaut Scott Kelly was training to spend a full year in the International Space Station – longer than any human had previously lived in space. I wanted to create a visual representation of Kelly’s mission that would exist on many different platforms and express a unique identity on each one. I hired a director, Shaul Schwarz, a staff producer, Jonathan Woods, and a staff writer, Jeffrey Kluger, and together we created a 12-part video series following Kelly on his journey. With unprecedented access from NASA, we succeeded in telling the story of the mission in a way that was both cinematic and intimate, addressing not only the heroism and bravery Kelly displayed, but also the personal and emotional side effects of living so far from home: fear, loneliness, and wonder. I served as executive producer of this project, which launched with a TIME cover story in 2015, continued with the 12-part online video series, and concluded, in 2016-2017, with a two-part documentary broadcast on PBS, for which we won an Emmy.
TRAILER: Here is the cinematic trailer.
VIDEO SERIES: Here is “Leaving Home,” the first of the 12 online episodes that we showed on TIME.com
PBS: We partnered with PBS producer Bill Margol to make two broadcast documentaries. The first (seen below), aired in March 2016, soon after Scott Kelly landed back on Earth; it won an Emmy. The second is scheduled to air in November 2017.