On Sunday, the Russian film team that went to the International Space Station to film sequences for the first film made partly in space and returned safely to Earth. This might be a huge step might for the Russian film industry to cross over Hollywood. Hollywood is also planning to make a film on the International Space Station which will star Tom Cruise in the future.
Yulia Peresild with the director Klim Shipenko, and Oleg Novitskyba, an actual cosmonaut who has been on the International Space Station since April is also having a role in the movie, came back to Earth on a Russian Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft. After a three-hour flight, they landed safely in Kazakhstan’s desert.
Peresild and Shipenko were in the space station for 12 days to film the parts of the film. The main part of the film is where Peresild is an operating surgeon preparing for an ISS mission to save the cosmonaut which is probably performed by Novitsky.
The spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 descent vehicle has safely landed with the crew. The team is very excited said the Russian space agency Roscosmos, which also helped in the film project, according to a Twitter tweet.
This wasn’t the first issue, when Russia’s new Nauka module had issues with its thrusters, causing the station to rotate one and a half revolutions approximately 540 degrees before stopping upside down. Luckily, Russian and NASA workers were able to pinpoint the ISS’s location in less than 30 minutes. The sequences may have been shot, but the main issue for the first film shot in space is not yet finished. Even though Russia has surpassed Hollywood in this sector, the film still needs to be completely shot.
The Russian officials let the crew out of the MS-18 capsule, other team members went to lay a cloth there to prepare the next part for the film. A camera placed on a stabilization machine went to Mr. Novitsky, who had come back to Earth after staying for 191 days on the station, as he was going through a checkup from medical personnel.
The team is still excited as the film is yet to be finished. While Russian officials helped Peresild, Shipenko, and Novitsky to go out of the MS-18 capsule, this team from Earth has permission. According to a report, a producer was seen shouting in the video shot by Roscosmos and NASA.
The producer asked to let them shoot and to stop them from recording with their devices. To not record any footage, because that would stop the movie’s ending.
The ending is said to have at least four parts of a series in which an actor meets Novitsky and then moves to Peresild to kiss her hand. According to another report, in another scenario, Peresild looked at Novitsky and gave a wink with a smile. The crew will now join in a rehabilitation service to help them regain themselves from the impacts of spaceflight.
The Challenge is a drama film, it’s unclear if the film team expected to face actual drama while on the International Space Station. The ISS moved out of position on Friday during a test of the MS-18’s engines, which shot for a very long period.