Those five years have gone quickly! For that matter, I still fondly remember voice acting for The Package III and that's over 7 1/2 years old! Time flies!
It's a crime that this film isn't getting any love here on BiM. It certainly deserves it.
One of the things I most love is, strangely, the number of levers/buttons he has to push. While he doesn't seem extremely panicked at first, the animation alone makes me feel like he simply has no idea/little idea what he's doing and has to guess each time. That makes his situation all the most stressful.
The only real nit-pick I had with the film is that the events seem to indicate the ship went into some sort of hyperdrive around 0:45, yet the room he is in feels far more like a messhall than a bridge/command center. That, and since we never get to see "forward" of those controls he is at, we don't know if there's a viewport or screen or anything that would help us understand the purpose of the room.
Like I said, nitpick.
The lighting at 0:45 is the perfect balance of low, spooky lighting, yet with plenty of visibility for the audience. The orange lights in the corner are also perfect. (How did you do those? I assume they are LEDs.)
I'm a bit conflicted about the development at 1:14. The shot at 1:05 provides a haunting enough threat, and that quieter desperation would have been fine alone. The 1:14 twist does amp up the immediate threat, but without any payoff in seeing the what or why behind that, it feels a bit superfluous. If anything, I'd have picked one of the two threats that would have maintained the desperate ending without acting against each other.
Spoiler (click to read)
Option 1: Instead of the creature attacking, leave him alone and adrift to die. Option 2: Have him get really close to a colony/earth/another ship/something to give him hope, but then have the creature attack and snatch away that chance at life at the last second.
Maybe I'm wrong! The film as-is is still really good! Yet, I feel as it is, the duel threats work against each other to slightly diminish the emotional weight of each other. Does that make any sense, or am I an idiot?