Russian actress Yulia Peresild, director and lead actor Klim Shipenko, who went to the International Space Station to shoot a film, has returned to Earth.
This is the first time a film has been shot on a space station or in space. Named ‘Challenge’, the film is funded by the Russian government and the Russian space agency.
Filming for ‘Challenge’ was scheduled for last May. Then actress Yulia Peresild and director, as well as lead actor Shipenko, had to train as astronauts. Following the exercises, they were launched into space on October 5. It was carried out with the help of a Russian ‘Soyuz’ space capsule and rocket. Yulia and Shipenko were taken into space under the leadership of Russian astronaut Anton Shkaplerov.
They went to the space station with two Russian astronauts, Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, who were already at the space station, and filmed the film for the past 12 days. Russian astronauts are also featured in the film as actors.
Filming was all done using small cameras and mobile phones. Footage from cameras mounted on the capsule and the space station will also be added to the film. Shipenko said other scenes and re-shot scenes are created using computer technology. Shipenko also said that despite the high cost of filming in space, he would shoot a few scenes from the film at the space station to make the film as realistic as possible.