Darren Aronofsky, best known as the director of films such as Mother! and Requiem For a Dream, said Nat Geo’s One Strange Rock docuseries gave him a chance to put together a portrait of the world.

The 10-part series, narrated by Will Smith and produced by Jane Root’s Nutopia, is the story of Earth and our interconnected planet. Speaking to Deadline’s Pete Hammond recently at The Contenders Emmys event, Aronofsky said he’d always been a big fan of National Geographic and had an interest in the format for a long time.

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“I’ve always loved these portraits of our home, of our world,” he said. “I think it’s become this incredible moment in time where appreciating our home is really important, and when Nat Geo called about it, I was really excited by it. I knew some of Nutopia and Jane’s work and they had the experience to create scope and actually understood how to execute 145 locations on six continents over three years.”

Joining Aronofsky and Root on the panel were astronauts Nicole Stott and Jeff Hoffman. Root said that when one of her team had the idea to frame the series through astronauts, she knew they were on to a winner.

“In order to understand the complexity of the world, to be able to see it as a unity, which is one of the core ideas of this show, the systems that control the earth, you have to look at it from outside,” she said

Check out the conversation above.