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Media/Format: Animated Short Film
Thesis Mentor: Daniela Sherer
Composer: Joshua Urias

After her civilization collapses into decay, a lonely but persevering nomad wanders empty planets in a clunky spaceship that she has reluctantly made her new home. Each day, she scans for other signs of life. As she loses hope of finding any, the nomad clings to a polaroid—a relic from her happier past—and becomes increasingly obsessed with scavenging objects she finds in decaying houses. These objects help her remember her lost family and past. The more objects she collects, the stronger her memories become, but the more her ship becomes weighted down, impeding its ability to fly and properly search for life.

One day, the  spaceship alerts the nomad it has detected a sign of life, only to find that it lies behind an impenetrable door. The nomad must choose whether to sacrifice her treasured collection of objects to open the locked door or abandon her only chance of finding something new to live for.

Marissa Jones is a motion and graphic designer driven by storytelling. Whether it’s from all of the sci-fi she watched as a kid or all of the times she got lost in the woods, Marissa loves the promise of an uncharted adventure. And she’s still driven by that excitement for the unknown.

Marissa’s work often humanizes complex issues such as scientific theory or political policy. From the astrophysics of a solar eclipse to the Texas Senate’s stance on immigration, she believes storytelling can spark interest for the apathetic. She views each new project as a chance to explore her passion for bold stories in multiple mediums.

Instagram: @marissajonez
Website: marissajonesmakes.com


A companion digital scavenger hunt to my thesis film, The Space Nomad.
︎︎︎ Play the game here

This experimental digital scavenger hunt takes players on a story adventure, commandeering everyday internet tools like email, Reddit, and Google Forms.
This puzzle quest mirrors my protagonist’s search for meaning and connection. You’ll get a glimpse into the world of my thesis film and the mind of my protagonist––in 15 levels and a play time of >30 minutes.

Join a secret organization, discover life outside of our solar system, and seek to connect with a lonely nomad. Once completed, receive stickers!