So far, space movies have been shot on dry land, the cost, planning, and practicalities of sticking a film crew on a rocket deemed impractical.
But with the price of space missions starting to drop thanks to the efforts of companies like SpaceX, and professional filming equipment becoming more portable, a number of filmmakers have begun to take an interest in filming a movie. – or at least part of it – in microgravity conditions hundreds of kilometers above Earth.
While Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise may have hoped to become the first actor to shoot a movie in space, Russian actor Yulia Peresild will beat him for the honor as she heads to the International Space Station (ISS) this week to shoot movie scenes called Vyzov (Challenge).
The film is a collaboration between Russian space agency Roscosmos and Russian media companies, and will be directed by Klim Shipenko, who is also traveling to the ISS.
Peresild and Shipenko will head to the orbiting outpost with veteran Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov on Tuesday, October 5, aboard a Soyuz MS spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport in Kazakhstan. TechToSee has details on how you can watch a live stream of the launch.
According to IMDb, Challenge “A female surgeon follows who must operate on a cosmonaut who is too ill to return to Earth immediately. Although the decision to shoot the film in space reflects the producers’ desire for authenticity, we can safely assume that the operation not be real.
Peresild and Shipenko will spend 11 days filming scenes from the film before returning to Earth with current space station crew member Oleg Novitskiy on October 16. Shkaplerov will return at a later date.
While we certainly wouldn’t expect to see a sudden rush of filmmakers heading into space to shoot their sci-fi movies, it’s still remarkable that this happens and indicates how space travel opens up. to a wider range of people beyond very trained astronauts.
Last month, for example, SpaceX sent the world’s first fully civilian crew on a three-day orbital mission that took participants even further from Earth than the ISS, while SpaceX, NASA and Axiom Space collaborate. also to send the first private crew to the space station early next year.
Proving that you don’t have to leave Earth to make a great space movie, TechToSee recently featured their all-time favorite space movies.