Moscow, October 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 4, 2021): Russian director Klim Shipenko said on Monday that the first film in orbit would be an “experiment”, on the eve of his hopeful space trip to beat a rival Hollywood project.
The 38-year-old director and one of Russia’s most famous actresses, Yulia Peresild, 37, are scheduled to take off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Tuesday at 08:55 GMT to shoot scenes for the upcoming Russian film “The Challenge”.
Russian space agency Roscosmos sends them into orbit with experienced cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, 49. Cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are expected to appear in cameo roles in the film.
The 12-day mission was announced in September 2020, four months after a Hollywood project was revealed involving “Mission Impossible” actor Tom Cruise.
“We are doing an experiment,” Shipenko told reporters.
“There is no one to ask for advice. There is not a single cameraman who can explain how to work with a window light,” he said at an online press conference. .
In addition to directing, he will also take care of cameras, lighting, sound and makeup.
Shipenko conceded that “some things will work and some will not”.
After months of rigorous pre-flight training, Peresild said being an actress and a cosmonaut were “two opposing professions.”
“Let’s see how we are going to combine them,” she said.
Cosmonaut Shkaplerov said preparing to play in space is not easy.
“The script changes sometimes and I learn it all the time. It’s difficult, I’m not an actor,” he said.
Their experience, he added, is “unprecedented” and will be a learning experience if there is a need to send someone into space at any time.
The crew said they watched the classic Soviet film “White Desert Sun” on Sunday – a pre-flight tradition religiously observed by cosmonauts.
They are each allowed to take one kilogram of personal items with them to the station. Some bring children’s drawings and others small keepsakes donated by friends, they said.