A Russian actor and director are at the moment in coaching because the pair put together to movie scenes aboard the Worldwide Area Station later this yr. New particulars are rising concerning the undertaking, such because the film’s plot—and the way Russian cosmonauts shall be anticipated to participate.
The working title of the movie is Vyzov, which suggests “problem” in English, and if all goes as deliberate, will probably be the primary film to characteristic scenes shot in house. Klim Shipenko, 37, is directing the movie, and it’ll characteristic Yulia Peresild, a 35-year-old actor chosen from 1000’s of contributors who submitted on-line purposes for the starring function. The present plan is to have Shipenko and Peresild journey to the ISS in October aboard a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft.
Shipenko, together with government producer Konstantin Ernst of Channel One Russia, not too long ago participated in a funding pitch, throughout which the workforce requested Russian funders for 400 million rubles ($5.four million), as SpaceNews reports. The movie is being produced by Channel One, Roscosmos, and Yellow, Black and White (a tv movie studio), however apparently extra money is required to maneuver issues ahead.
It was throughout this funding pitch that the workforce disclosed a number of new particulars concerning the undertaking, together with the plot. As Tony Quine writes at SpaceNews:
Shipenko revealed the script remains to be being fine-tuned, however the plot includes a cosmonaut who suffers a cardiac arrest throughout a spacewalk and, though he survives, he would require surgical procedure to make sure he can deal with the Soyuz return to Earth. A feminine cardiac surgeon, named Zhenya, needs to be despatched to the ISS to carry out the process with just a few weeks to arrange for the journey.
Appears like an actual humdinger. However as Roscosmos admitted final yr, the “film is aimed to popularize Russia’s house actions” and to additionally “glorify [the] cosmonaut career.”
Shipenko and Peresild, together with their respective backups, Alexey Dudin and Alena Mordovina, began their training on the Gagarin Cosmonaut Coaching Heart on Might 24, 2021. Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov will command the ISS-66 mission, scheduled to launch in October 2021. Oleg Artemyev is serving as Shkaplerov’s backup. Roscosmos says each Shipenko and Peresild are match and wholesome sufficient for spaceflight. Ought to the plan to movie a film in house fall to shit, cosmonauts Sergei Korsakov and Dmitry Petelin shall be prepared, as they’re listed because the “reserve” crew for the ISS-66 mission. Shkaplerov will keep on the ISS for six months, however the movie crew of two will bail after spending simply 12 days in house.
The coaching program for the movie crew and their backups is a bit completely different than the one provided to full-blown cosmonauts, nevertheless it appears difficult nonetheless, given its emphasis on security. As Roscosmos explains:
The film crew will get acquainted with the design, on-board methods, tools of the Soyuz MS crewed spacecraft and the Russian phase of the Worldwide Area Station. They need to know how the spacecraft and the station crew actions are organized, examine the emergency actions algorithm (depressurization, fireplace, atmospheric toxicity). As well as, the actors and administrators shall be ready for doable emergencies that will happen in the course of the touchdown of the ship in several climatic and geographical zones. The trainings are deliberate on the Il-76 MDK airplane laboratory providing short-term weightlessness circumstances to coach the talents mandatory for spaceflight. The coaching course of consists of biomedical and bodily points. Earlier than leaving for the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the prime and backup crews will participate in complicated examination trainings.
Shipenko is hoping to amass about 35 to 40 minutes of display screen time whereas in house, as he defined in the course of the funding pitch. SpaceNews says these would be the first pictures taken for the film. As soon as on the bottom, filming will proceed till Might 2022, with launch of the movie taking place no sooner than late 2022.
Shipenko stated he’ll function the digicam operator and make-up artist in the course of the space-based movie shoot, along with performing directing duties. Apparently, cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov—onboard the ISS since this previous April—shall be anticipated to behave and seem within the movie. No phrase if crewmembers with NASA, ESA, and JAXA shall be requested to affix the celebration.
The undertaking will not be with out issues, nevertheless. Along with needing extra money, the producers are upset that the Russian media isn’t paying a lot consideration, as Ernst admitted in the course of the funding pitch.
The undertaking isn’t getting a lot love from Russian scientists, both, who’re complaining that the film is diverting helpful assets usually used for house exploration and scientific analysis. It acquired so unhealthy that Roscosmos removed Sergei Krikalev, director of crewed packages at Roscosmos, from his senior administration place in June after he expressed his opposition to the undertaking. Krikalev, who accrued greater than 800 hours in house throughout his illustrious profession as a cosmonaut, was ultimately reinstated following complaints from Russian media and lots of of his friends, together with different cosmonauts.
An fascinating facet impact of this pending mission is that Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei should spend a whole yr on the ISS. The lads are at the moment aboard the house station, and each had been alleged to spend six months in house, however they’ll have to surrender their return seats to the Russian movie crew. So yeah, trains don’t go away ISS station fairly often, ensuing within the prolonged keep.