"Sputnik" is a Maxim Zhestkov short film about the evolution of an extraterrestrial mind, and its journey to the light.
The project was created with the help of industry leading artists from all over the world, including: United States, 
United Kingdom, Canada and Russia. Production of the full CG animated short film took a year and a half.
All crew members worked on the project remotely. Maxim directed it and produced from his HQ in Ulyanovsk, Russia.


Year - 2015
Director / Designer / Producer – Maxim Zhestkov
Compositing – Alexander Kulikov
Animation – Dmitrii Kolpakov
Character design – Ben Mauro
Mo-cap actor – Yaroslav Andronov
FX artist – Artur Gadzhiev
Character CG producer – Maxim Miheenko
Character artist – Konstantin Illin
Additional character artist – Nikita Replyanski
Foley artist – Ivan Savelyev
Foley recording – Anna Cigarkova
Sound design / music – Alexander Plotnikov