When I heard this recording on a CD of experimental instruments, I instantly knew it was the space movie music I'd always wanted--now I just needed a space movie. That hankering somehow turned into an imaginary secret Soviet space program from the 1920s, and composer Sarah Hopkins was kind enough to let me use the same piece, "Kindred Spirits," in the animation her music had inspired. Neat, right? I never heard from her afterwards, though, so I have no idea what she thought of it.
While I was making it, my mother was dying of cancer. I didn't realize it at the time, but it's incredibly obvious to me now, that the lonely cosmonaut IS my mother, oxygen nearly gone, departed from one world but not arrived at the next one yet. I finished the animation in February, 2009, just a week or 10 days after visiting her, and then she died.
This was also the first "independent" silhouette film I made, i.e. not a music video per se but a totally new thing, made just to make it, inspired by its own future soundtrack. Also a secret favorite of its creator!