An October 17, 2013 story in The Hollywood Reporter relates a remarkable exchange between “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron and a reporter for TV Azteca, Carlos Perez. Perez asked Cuaron about the technical difficulties of filming in space at a press conference in Mexico City.
Cuaron, grinning with amusement at the question, dead panned, “Yes, we took cameras to the (spacecraft). We were in space for three and a half months. I got really dizzy while rehearsing…"
Of course “Gravity” was not filmed in space, but was filmed using actors suspended on wires in an enclosed box-like stage upon which images of the Earth, a space shuttle, and the International Space Station were projected. It was doubtless a tribute to the special effects and cinematography in the movie that Perez asked the question in the way he did.
Actual movies being filmed in space will have to wait until commercial space firms develop spacecraft capable of flying there for a price that a movie studio could afford.