Challenger: The Final Flight

Limited Series

Four-part docuseries on the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster, unpacking an indelible moment for a generation of Americans. Engineers, officials and the crew members’ families provide their perspective on the disaster and its aftermath.


Projects like this touch on something that so many in the audience already have a strong personal connection with – the Challenger disaster is one of those “I can remember exactly where I was” moments for many of us. We wanted to have a clean approach that engaged with that nostalgia and brought people back to that time.

Animations and graphics were designed to feel like they fit squarely in that world, rather than detract from the subject matter. Many of the graphics throughout integrated archive media, and a reverence for those sources guided every aspect of the corresponding design approach.

Embracing imperfections in source material, adding ambient light and using movements and layouts that give the materials more of a physical quality all help add to that sense of history.

Documentary Series

Produced by

Bad Robot
Zipper Bros Films
Sutter Road Picture Company

Distributed by
Post by

Finishing by Apache
VFX and Graphics by Milkhaus

Directors Daniel Junge & Steven Leckart Executive Producers J.J. Abrams , Rachel Rusch, Ben Stephenson, Sean M. Stuart, Glen Zipper Writer Steven Leckart, Glen Zipper Producer Daniel Junge, Steven Leckart Film Editor Poppy Das, Adrienne Gits Cinematographer Graham Willoughby Post-Production Producer Kelley Whitis Title Design Charles Christopher Rubino Animation & Visual Effects Producer  Cathy Trekloff Series Visual Effects James Durée, Chad Herschberger Series Animation James Durée, Chad Herschberger

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