April 25, 2020
How could movies or TV be made safely during a pandemic shutdown? This plan provides some potential options.
Hollywood has been at a standstill since the middle of March in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Many in the entertainment industry were fired, furloughed, or took pay cuts. After a month of quarantine, many filmmakers are attempting to figure out how everyone might be able to return to work safely sometime in the near future.
Yesterday, Variety acquired one production plan, which was created by producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (of Automatik) and Chris Ferguson (of Oddfellows). Their solutions are presented in an “Isolation-Based Production Plan,” and they reportedly asked for feedback from fellow members of the industry and are continuously updating the document.
They are quick to point out that the plan will only work for lower- or mid-budget productions that already have small crews.
There is also some apparent resistance to elements of their plan, which seem to step on the toes of union rules and give limited thought to accessibility and representation.