Among the three people who appeared to speak at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia, recently, only Anton Shkaplerov was a true astronaut. The two people who accompanied him were actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko.
They looked like crew ready to travel to space. The three of them will soon do a job that may be once in our lifetime, namely making films in space.
They will spend 12 days flying over Earth to make a long drama film. Your third joy in doing this mission seems to be getting bigger.
The director, Klim Shipenko, said, “For the last three months, we have plunged into this amazing world. It is difficult, very difficult, there is no time to sleep. There is time to create art, but it is less than when we prepare for filming. on earth.”
Shipenko added, “Life has changed, of course space is changing lives, not the other way around.” This drama is about a doctor who is sent to space to perform emergency surgery on an astronaut.
But before starting aboard the shuttle to the International Space Station, the film crew had to complete a rigorous three-month training program.
The selection process was very strict. This includes rigorous medical tests, learning the basics of space survival, training to live in zero-gravity space, centrifugal and vibration tests and training for in-flight emergencies.
Actress Yulia Peresild explained, “Despite all the difficulties during the training which wasn’t easy, it was a very interesting experience, and it gave great satisfaction and even thought that what was about to happen was truly beautiful.”
Thousands of people applied for a chance to shoot a film in space. But only Peresild and Shipenko were ultimately chosen.
They have emergency backup, DOP (Director of Photography, cinematographer/camera) Aleksei Dudin and actress Alena Mordvinova, just in case something prevents them from leaving on the shuttle.
The film crew that will go to space is accompanied by Anton Shkaplerov as their commander. He is an experienced astronaut, who will also act in the film several times.
So far he has been impressed by the hard work of his crew who will fly into space for the first time.
Shkaplerov says, “We trained together for a month and a half. Before that, they studied the basic theory of survival, flying without gravity. In other words they tried to get as close as possible to the conditions of later spaceflight. For a month and a half, we did a lot of practice on the station and on the spacecraft. They did their best. This is proof that they have great determination, and they really want this space experiment called Challenge to be implemented at the best level, the best international level.”
Each of the Challenge crew members will have multiple roles in space. The astronauts will act as temporary actors, the director will act as the DOP (cinematographer/camera), and the actress will be the costume designer and makeup artist.
The film will be titled “Challenge” and is a joint production of the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and Russian state TV Channel One.
The crew will continue their flight preparations at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The mission is scheduled to launch on October 5, 2021. [uh/lt]