Secret playlist, space traditions and a kilogram of personal belongings: what is known about the flight of Peresild and Shipenko into space, by Victoria Belikova and Daria Dudko for Russian RT News. 04/10/2021.
On Tuesday, October 5, the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft will launch from Baikonur, with director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild on board. During the flight, filming will take place for the film Challenge, the first Russian game project, part of which will take place on the ISS. During a press conference on October 4, the artists told what became the most difficult for them in preparing for the flight, what space traditions they observe and what they will take with them on board.
On Tuesday, October 5, a part of the film crew of the film "Challenge" will leave the Baikonur cosmodrome for the ISS. The main crew includes the director and scriptwriter of the project Klim Shipenko, the leading role Yulia Peresild and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. The backup crew included cameraman Alexei Dudin, actress Alyona Mordovina and cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev.
The flight start, scheduled for 11:55 Moscow time, will be broadcast on television and on the network, and filming will begin after the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft separates from the launch vehicle.
During a press conference held on the eve of the flight, Klim Shipenko said that the filmmakers underwent a training course for four months, including both theoretical and practical lessons. According to the director, this process was different from the training of professional astronauts.
"It is quite a feasible task - not to become an astronaut at the level of Anton (Shkaplerov. - RT ) ... namely, to prepare as a participant in a space flight", - explained Shipenko.
As Yulia Peresild noted, first of all it was difficult for her to “accept the system”, to reorganize to work in a fundamentally new format. According to the actress, in a creative environment, everything rests on emotions and relationships, indulgences in discipline are allowed. In astronautics, the situation is different: "Everything is in minutes, discipline." The actors also did not develop a warm relationship with the astronauts right away.
In addition, Julia admitted that it was difficult for her to master the theoretical part - the design and layout of the spacecraft. Without this knowledge, flight would have been impossible. But the practical training made an indelible impression on her.
“For me, one of the emotional, wonderful shocks was our weightless flights. Unfortunately, it was only once, but 20 slides at once, with refueling. It was wonderful ... Man flies! Let it be 23 seconds, but you're flying! " - Peresild remembered.
An important part of the training was the communication between filmmakers and astronauts. As the director specified, they were given a lot of valuable advice and recommendations, which will soon be tested in practice. So, now the members of the film crew know how to sleep, drink, use the toilet in space, what to do if they feel dizzy, and so on.
One of the roles in the film will be performed by Shkaplerov, who will try himself as an actor for the first time. Other astronauts will also appear in the frame. According to Shipenko, the script of the picture changed taking into account the characters of the newly-minted artists.
“We change their characters a little, of course, and they don't always say the things that we wrote ... We wrote the script to make it easier for them,” the director explained.
Despite the unusual composition, the crew of the spacecraft follows the traditions of space flights established at Baikonur. Thus, the training program included watching the film "White Sun of the Desert", which since the 1980s has been considered an integral part of preparation for space travel.
All team members have prepared a list of five to seven songs that will sound before the flight. Although Shkaplerov chose to leave the final composition of the playlist a surprise, it is known that the composition from the cartoon "Antoshka" will play first.
Paying tribute to other traditions of prelaunch preparation, the crew visited the Baikonur museum complex and Sergey Korolev's house. Peresild admitted that, although four months were not enough for her to fully immerse herself in the past of Russian cosmonautics, visiting iconic places, communicating with pilots and specialists still allowed her to touch the history of flights.
The press conference also raised the topic of the responsibility of the film crew, which is implementing a project in space for the first time. Noting the importance of the Challenge for the popularization of astronautics and its study, Klim Shipenko stressed that he was not afraid of the task assigned to him: “I feel, as much as I can prepare in the given conditions, ready”.
It also became known that the crew members will take with them on board. Pointing to the one-kilogram limit, the astronauts said they prefer memorabilia and photographs. So, from Peresild, children's drawings and an indicator of weightlessness will fly into space - a symbol of her charitable foundation "Galchonok", and from Shipenko - a commemorative T-shirt in which he begins filming all his films.
For the first time in history
The plans of Russian filmmakers to shoot a feature film in space became known in September 2020. The production involves the studio Yellow, Black and White, the Roscosmos corporation and Channel One. Producers include Bakur Bakuradze (Salyut-7) and Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin.
The heroine of the upcoming tape is a doctor. According to the plot, she will have to prepare for a flight into space in a month and go to the ISS to provide assistance to the wounded astronaut.
To find an actress for the main role, an open competition was organized in which everyone could take part, regardless of their type of activity. The results of the competition were summed up in May 2021. According to Klim Shipenko, the performers of the remaining roles will be approved after the completion of the space block of filming. It is possible that Alena Mordovina will appear on the screen.
The Challenge will be the first Russian feature film, part of which will be filmed at the International Space Station. Foreign filmmakers are also preparing for filming in space. The Hollywood project will be directed by Doug Lyman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) and starred by Tom Cruise. Elon Musk's SpaceX company participates in the production.