A Story From Space

Joseph Childs & Iro Tsavala | 6 min | UK | 2017


An astronaut guides us through the international space station on his way to the communications room. He has a video meeting with his 5-year-old daughter Annie, who is preparing for her first day of school. She is worried about this unknown experience so he tries to give her courage with an inspirational bedtime story. The story is a re-telling of the Apollo 11 moon landing, told in a language reminiscent of children’s storybooks.

Encounters With the Natural World
2:00 PM | Saturday, October 14, 2017
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St, Corona, Queens, 11368

Director | Joseph Childs, Iro Tsavala
Animator | Joseph Childs
Sound and atmospherics | Joseph Childs
Music | Semper Fidelis performed by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra
composed by | John Philip Sousa
Cast | Thom Dowse, Annie Mahdavi West

Joseph Childs graduated with a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art London in 2008. He runs an animation studio in east London and creates work which spans a number of disciplines from narrative illustration to fine art and commercial animation. His work is often concerned with the relationship between science and the absurd and asks whether nonsense and the inexplicable can take on the semblance of the scientific. Joseph’s animated work is represented by the short film agency Shorts International and has been aired on French, Turkish and American satellite television. His work has been shown at a number of international animation festivals, as well as prestigious galleries such as the Parasol Unit in London. One of his animations is also part of the private art collection of Jean Pigozzi and received a Man group drawing prize. His work also gained a special mention in the Quentin Blake illustration awards and was short-listed for the University of Surrey’s purchase ledger prize. Joseph lectures in Animation at Camberwell College of Art and London College of Communication.

Iro Tsavala is an author-illustrator working in London since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2008. She works with books and collaborative projects as well as Illustration commissions. Her books contain short, surreal narratives, often inspired by everyday events. She uses collage, printmaking and drawing but also found objects. Alongside her image-based narrative books, she writes and illustrates books for children. She is a lecturer at UCA Farnham and lives in East London.
Clients include The Guardian/ Lawrence King/ Karnac Books/ YCN/ Media Vaca/ WPP/ Metaichmio Publications/ Boston Children’s museum and the Poetry Society among others.