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As Elton John once sang, it’s lonely out in space—so it helps if you have a close family member around to help you get the job done. However, it’s also way scarier when something goes wrong, as it does for the mother-and-son team stationed on Mars in Tom Teller’s suspenseful short Icarus.

According to Short of the Week, Teller shot his film in just six days—but then spent five months in post-production, working on the film’s most notable element: its polished special effects, which include the Martian landscape, some high-stakes space action, and the creation of Kevin, the astronauts’ winsome robot sidekick.

[Short of the Week]