Remembering gravity: The animated story of an astronaut coming home

Recently formed by Ian Sigmon and Nick Forshee, Gunner is an animation studio in Detroit with an emphasis on design-driven animation.

Gunner partnered with Great Big Story to bring to life the observations and journey of astronaut Leland Melvin as he acclimates to life back on earth.

From Gunner:

We were approached by Great Big Story a couple months back to add animation bits to one of their segments on Leland Melvin.  It was one of those “we’ll let you do what ever you want” kinda things. Hard to say no when you’re talking about space, space is really sweet. We took that as a perfect opportunity to work with some new friends we’ve met here in Detroit.


Michael Burdick
James Noellert

Nick Forshee
Ian Sigmon
Marcus Bakke
Mel Mcann
Austin Herman
Josh Parker

Music & Sound Design:
Steve Saputo
Bryan Pope

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About the author

Joe Donaldson

Joe Donaldson is the editor of Motionographer. In addition to leading the content side of the site, he is also a professor at Ringling College of Art and Design working in the Motion Design department. Before joining Ringling, he worked as a director, designer, and animator in Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, and has had the honor of directing work for clients such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, The New York Times and Unicef. In 2018 he started Holdframe.

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Jimmy Simpson



Made me smile, really touching ! ;)

Joe Lopez III

Cool stuff! Curious on how long this took Gunner once they got the footage. I’m sure the ideas were as infinite as the subject they were covering.

Ian Sigmon

three and a half weeks start to finish :)

Byunghoon Han

flat earth :)


The animation was great! I really enjoyed this piece. I especially liked how astronaut Leland Melvin was lit along with the deep black backdrop.

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