Russian team back on Earth after first movie shoot in space

Back from Space

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The 38-year-old film director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild returned to Earth on Sunday after gathering more than 30 hours of material for “The Challenge”, billed as the first space movie.

Film crew say shooting was a ‘huge challenge’ and they had to learn to walk again after 12 days in orbit.

Their movie props floated around, sleeping was difficult and they used Velcro to keep objects in place but Russia’s first film crew in space said they were delighted with the result and had “shot everything we planned”.

Yulia Peresild, one of Russia’s most glamorous actors, and film director Klim Shipenko returned to Earth on Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting the first movie in orbit, in an effort to beat the United States.

The plot of The Challenge has been mostly kept under wraps along with the budget. It centres around a surgeon who is dispatched to the ISS to save a cosmonaut.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, 37-year-old Peresild lamented that a busy filming schedule left little chance to enjoy the views.

“We realised only a day before the departure that we didn’t spend enough time looking in the windows,” she said.

“I had a mixed feeling. On the one hand, it felt like an eternity but on the other hand it felt like we just arrived and immediately need to return.”

Peresild and Shipenko said they were feeling fine but still were having some trouble adapting to the pull of gravity.

“We have to learn again how to walk,” Peresild said. A beaming Shipenko told reporters that the task was a “huge challenge” and they had to constantly adapt to film scenes.

They shot more than 30 hours worth of footage which will later be edited down to about 30 minutes.

“We’ve shot everything we planned,” Shipenko said from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow.

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