Klim Shipenko
Klim Shipenko in 2017.jpg
Born (1983-06-16) June 16, 1983 (age 38)
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • actor
  • producer
Space career
Spaceflight participant/
Director Of an In Space Station Film
Time in space
11 days, 16 hours, 13 minutes
MissionsSoyuz MS-19/Soyuz MS-18
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)

Klim Alekseevich Shipenko (Russian: Клим Алексеевич Шипенко; born 16 June 1983) is a Russian film director, screenwriter, actor and producer.[1]


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Filming in outer space

In 2021, Shipenko shot portions of a science fiction film aboard the International Space Station. It is to be the second narrative feature-length fiction film shot (partially) in space (after Return from Orbit), and it is the first feature-length fiction film to be filmed in space by professional film-makers[note 1]. The project is tentatively called The Challenge (Russian: Вызов, romanizedVyzov, lit.'Challenge'), and was shot between the launch of Soyuz MS-19 and return of Soyuz MS-18. The first narrative film filmed fully (the narrative film Return from Orbit had some scenes filmed in space) in outer space was a short film titled Apogee of Fear, shot in 2008. The Challenge was in a race with Tom Cruise and Doug Liman to shoot the first narrative feature film in space[note 1].[2][3][4][5][6] On the ISS Shipenko was in charge of camera, lighting, sound recording and makeup. The acting was done by actress Yulia Peresild.[7] The filming equipment was launched at Progress MS-17[8] and returned on Soyuz MS-18. Pyotr Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei helped with filming.[9]


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As producer[edit]


  1. ^ a b Claims about "first film in space" are dubius as other films have been filmed in space previously, like the feature-length narrative fiction film Return from Orbit (1984; some scenes filmed in space) and the narrative fiction short film Apogee of Fear (2012; completely filmed in space). In the film Return from Orbit the scenes filmed in space included important characters (not just "background"); the characters were portrayed by cosmonauts, not the "usual" professional actors portraying those characters, in the scenes that were filmed in actual space. As Return from Orbit was also filmed by movie professionals (except those scenes filmed in space, which were filmed by cosmonauts) and released into cinemas for wide audience, it has a good claim to the title "first movie in space"; the only relevant difference with The Challenge (2022) is that in the case of Return from Orbit, all professional film-makers stayed on the ground, whereas in the case of The Challenge, some professional film-makers flew to ISS to film some scenes for the movie. Also full feature length documentary films that have been released to movie theaters, like For All Mankind (1989) or A Beautiful Planet (2016; a film long enough to be a feature film according to many but not all definitions of feature film) have been filmed in space. The Challenge is however the first time a professional actor/ess has been filmed in space by a professional director, as other films before were filmed and acted in by astronauts/cosmonauts/space tourists (space tourists that were amateur both in film-making and as astronauts) or used footage from automated equipment. Apogee of Fear was written by a professional scriptwriter, and with some graphics assets done by a professional, but had no other filming professionals involved.


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  2. ^ Tony Quine (9 November 2020). "Russia looks for actress to steal Tom Cruise space movie thunder". Space News. The Space Review.
  3. ^ Victoria Ryabikova (12 November 2020). "Roscosmos to shoot a movie aboard the ISS". Russia Beyond.
  4. ^ "Рогозин заявил, что первый пилотируемый запуск на МКС в 2021 году состоится 9 апреля" (in Russian). ТАСС. 24 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Выбраны 20 претенденток на роль в фильме, который будут снимать на МКС" (in Russian). Интерфакс. 9 March 2021.
  6. ^ Cheyenne MacDonald (23 September 2020). "A global race to film a movie in orbit is the last thing we need right now". Input.
  7. ^ "A missão é vencer Tom Cruise: Yulia Peresild lidera nova ambição espacial da Rússia" (in Portuguese). 2021-07-05. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  8. ^ "Equipment for shooting 1st movie in space delivered to ISS by Russian cargo spacecraft". 2021-07-02. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  9. ^ "Russia to switch to year-long expeditions to orbital outpost, says Roscosmos chief". 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  10. ^ "Питчинги Фонда кино 2019: кинокомпании-лидеры. Часть 1". kinometro.ru. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  11. ^ "Завершились съёмки фильма "Текст", в камео снялся автор одноимённого романа Дмитрий Глуховский". ovideo.ru. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  12. ^ "Александр и Александра: тезки Петровы снялись в "Тексте" Глуховского // фильм Текст". filmz.ru. Retrieved 2019-03-27.