‘One Small Step’ Trailer Seeks To Blast Off Straight Into Our Hearts

“One Small Step is our love letter to everyone who chased that impossible dream and the family that supported them through it,” – co-director Andrew Chesworth

I caught the trailer for “One Small Step,” the first project from TAIKO Studios and became smitten. This trailer gives us a quick glimpse of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. First and foremost, I’m hyped to see a film centered on a girl growing  up, determined to follow her dreams. I’m ecstatic to see a girl of color as well. On the topic of women and careers in STEM fields, I know that girls are rarely encouraged to study math or science, and often internalize beliefs that boys are simply better in these fields.

With that in mind, girls are often daunted by the prospect of being the only girl pursuing a STEM career. Which means, for representation sake, I feel a film like this will do wonders for little girls watching. It can also help normalize seeing women pursue such careers. To further illustrate this point, I want more girls to take on the attitude and mindset of the first African-American woman in space: Dr. Mae Jemison.“Growing up, I always assumed I would go into space. But I knew full well that people expected me to behave a certain way. I bucked the system…”

“Luna’s story was something we could all relate to…All dreams begin with a single step.”-Co-director Bobby Pontillas

From their website, I learned TAIKO Studios was founded in 2017 by CEO Shaofu Zhang in both Los Angeles and Wuhan, China. As a Communications major with an emphasis in Media Studies, I know creative teams and crews aren’t confined to just one location or one time zone. The studio “endeavors to bridge eastern and western cultures together to create memorable stories with universal appeal”. If this trailer is any indication, they are well on their way to being storytellers we’ll soon have on our radars 24/7.

Further research found more POC employed by this studio and a staff whose employment history includes several big animation companies like Sony and Disney. I see you Joy Johnson, CG Supervisor! Joy is a VES Award winner for her work on Elsa in Frozen, she also oversaw character rigging of Zootopia’s lead character, Nick Wilde as noted by Amid Amidi from Cartoon Brew.

“One Small Step” has an intriguing premise with great visuals. The creative team behind this short has a clear love for animation and big projects on their resumes. I’m loving Luna, the protagonist of the film and the narrative of following your dreams. Luna reminds us to dream big while appreciating and remembering all those, like parents, who help us reach the stars. Looking forward to seeing the film once released and hearing how it does in the animated short film circuit.

“We’re proud to be a global company that offers a universal spirit of optimism and inclusion that speaks to all people,” -Founder Shaofu Zhang

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  • Carrie McClain

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    Carrie McClain is writer, editor, social media maven and media scholar. Other times she's known as a Starfleet Communications Officer, Comics Auntie, and Golden Saucer Frequenter. Shuri is her favorite Disney Princess. Nowadays you can usually find her buried under a pile of Josei manga. She/Her

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  • joy johnson

    Hi Carrie at BlackNerdProblems! Thank you so much for your encouragement in our upcoming short, ‘One Small Step’! This is Joy Johnson, CG Supervisor at Taiko Studios, and I just wanted to say, ‘I see you too!’ Your article about our short was an inspiration to the whole team and we’re so excited to be celebrating and encouraging women in the STEM fields. This subject is close to me. I have always loved the sciences and all things sci-fi. I grew up watching Star Trek next to my dad and it wasn’t until later that I learned how quickly I caught on to the ‘technical’ field. Society’s bias towards women in STEM fields is still present, but my hope is that we can come together and encourage each other and future generations to break stereotypes that are only meant to restrict one’s potential. No matter who you are or what your background is, if you have a passion, don’t let anyone take that from you. Strive towards your dream, work hard for it, and always shoot for the stars.
    Inspire the world around you. Change your own tomorrow.

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