Director who recorded space film on the ISS says that Moon and Mars could be new “sets”

For Russian Klim Shipenko, director of “The Challenge” , a space film that had scenes shot aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this month, the sky is definitely not the limit. After returning from recordings in the orbital lab, he told reporters that he plans to continue exploring film sets beyond Earth, such as the Moon and Mars.

Russian actress Yulia Peresild, moments before the launch of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, where she will participate in the recording of the first film in space
Actress Yulia Peresild plays a doctor in director Klim Shipenko’s space film “The Challenge”. They spent 12 days recording on ISS. Image: Roscosmos/Disclosure

Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild spent 12 days on the ISS. “We believe that space movies should be filmed in space. If it’s about the Moon, we’re going to the Moon, if it’s Mars, we’re going to Mars,” Shipenko revealed. “Why not? Why should cinema be filmed in a studio?” he added.

According to the Reuters news agency, the film crew did not reveal much about the production aboard the ISS. However, Shipenko recounted some of the fights and learning experiences the crew had at the orbital post .


Space film needed to be adapted to the reality of the ISS

“Some scenes that I imagined in a way on Earth came out in completely different ways,” he said at the press conference. “People can be face to face [in space], but one of them is head up and the other is horizontal, and the camera can be on a different plane, and that completely transforms their consciousness,” explained the filmmaker.

“For me, it was a cinematic discovery, to perceive scenes in a completely different way in three or four planes,” he added.

“Every second was a great discovery,” said Peresild, who in the plot plays a doctor who must travel to the ISS to save a cosmonaut’s life.

Filming for “The Challenge” continues until the end of next year, and the space scenes, according to the director, will probably total 25 to 35 minutes of the final cut.

Shipenko has claimed to be willing to share some of his cinematic discoveries and insights with Tom Cruise , who is preparing for a major space movie.

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