Ambition – Epilogue


After her long, arduous training, our young Apprentice is now a fully fledged Master of cosmic origins, exploring an alien planet rich with water and life. But something familiar crosses her mind. Memories from her training, and Rosetta’s historic journey to catch a comet. She returns to the archives.

Once again, ESA and Fish Ladder / Platige Image blur the lines between science fiction and science fact in this epilogue to their award-winning 2014 short film, Ambition, which portrayed the scientific questions and technical challenges, and above all, the human determination that make exploration of the Universe such a compelling theme.

The epilogue is directed by Maciej Jackiewicz and stars Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Game of Thrones).


A Fish Ladder/Platige Image & European Space Agency Production

Concept/creative strategy: Fish Ladder

Director/edit: Maciej Jackiewicz

Director of photography: Mateusz Skalski

Cast: Aisling Franciosi

Maciej Jackiewicz
Jan Pomierny
Tobiasz Piątkowski

Creative producer: Jan Pomierny
Producer: Marta Staniszewska
Executive producer: Mark McCaughrean (ESA)

Set production: Beata Pych

First assistant director/set manager: Jakub Kędzierski
First assistant camera: Piotr Twardowski
Focus puller: Seweryn Kukliński
Steadicam operator: Jarosław Wierzbicki
Steadicam assistant: Sławomir Wierzbicki
Camera equipment: MX35

Gaffer: Rafał Okyne
Lighting crew: Heliograf
Lighting equipment: Heliograf

Set decoration:
Rafał Rusin

Costume designer:
Paula Dudziak

Hair & make-up:
Agnieszka Wilk

Set duty:
Daniel & Licho (Yellowóz)

Catering on set/generator/wardrobe:
Robert Piszczatowski

Bogdan Manowski
Andrzej Kornowski

VFX supervisor:
Maciej Jackiewicz

Layout artist:
Dominik Wawrzyniak

VFX artists:
Seweryn Czarnecki
Andrzej Przydatek
Tomasz Przydatek
Waldemar Woźniak
Sylwester Lipiński
Benjamin Mcallister

Porcelain written & performed by snowbird, from the album moon (Bella Union P&C 2013)

Sound producer:
Sylwia Szczepankiewicz (Juice)

Sound design & mix:
Kuba Pietrzak (Juice)

Digital intermediate:
Piotr Dutkiewicz

Special thanks:
Kampinos National Park, Poland
The Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw, Poland

Mattias Malmer
Simon Raymonde
Grzegorz Nizio
Łukasz Alwast
Pedro Russo

European Space Agency (2016)

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  1. Watching this in 2019. For those who have not yet seen – Ambition with Aida Gillen – another great video. Both Aida and Aisling Franciosi are amazing actors.

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