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COVID-19 Film Industry Info

This page is dedicated to presenting available information related to global film production as we adapt to the new environment of making films amid social distancing and COVID-19.

Safe Sets International is offering a free certificate course on how to prepare for life on set in a COVID-19 world.

The state of California on Friday gave its blessing for film and TV production to resume on June 12, subject to approval from county public health authorities.

Social distancing and deep cleaning are the watchwords as the Canadian industry considers measures to make local film and TV sets safe for returning Hollywood studios and streamers.

Provincial soundstages will be able to host movies and series production, and Montreal-based visual effects and postproduction houses may also resume full operation under social distancing guidelines. The province is also investing $91.5 million in local media content as the sector resumes production.

The first stage of reopening will focus on workplaces that are well-positioned to follow public health advice to maintain physical distancing, implement workplace safety guidance and limit gatherings.

The Canadian Media Fund has been given the task of distributing the $88,000,000 in funding being made available by the Federal Government to relieve the financial burden on screen-based industries.

Lots of testing, protective gear, social distancing and coronavirus safety officers are at the heart of recommendations from Disney, Netflix, CBS and other top studios, Hollywood’s leading guilds and producers to get the industry restarted from the pandemic that shut down production in March.

The shift comes as the U.K. government begins to ease lockdown restrictions from Wednesday, allowing people to go to work if they cannot work from home. Production falling under that category.

These guidelines include:
– NO VISITORS: Only essential cast and crew will be allowed on the premises.
– Video village is for certain crew only, all 6 feet apart. It should be cordoned off from any non-essential personnel.
– We are entering into a new era in film production in which flexibility and compassion need to be in the forefront of
everything from development through delivery.
– Increase physical space between cast and crew members. No crew member should be near cast, unless they are
part of the Hair, Make Up, Sound, or Wardrobe Departments. All should be masked and gloved when near talent.

Rome’s film industry is set to reopen on Monday, but under stricter safety conditions. Italy is entering the second phase of its coronavirus quarantine, with lockdown measures set to be gradually relaxed through the end of the year.

This is a summary of rules and regulations to be put in place to bring film sets back online in Sweden and Norway.

“…studios’ most optimistic projections are for July-August production restarts, and the more realistic ones are aiming to be up and running by September.”

Australian soap opera Neighbours is going back into production after the Covid-19 shutdown.

“Producers Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Chris Ferguson — from the companies Automatik (“Honey Boy,” “Bad Education”) and Oddfellows (“Child’s Play”), respectively — have created a proposal titled “Isolation Based Production Plan,”

Tyler Perry has come up with a strategic plan to reopen Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared that nonessential businesses could reopen earlier this week. TPStudios

​”We’re in daily touch with the creative community, asking what they need to keep going today and to be part of a smart, lasting recovery tomorrow,” said Anne del Castillo, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

“[The call’s] purpose was to lay out the studio’s overall approach to starting up production safely for scripted television in both general and specific ways. “We are all working as hard as we can so that when we are allowed to return to work, we’re all ready,””

– All cast and crew members should get their temperature taken…
– Make 6-foot distance markings on the floor…
– Divide up studio backstage space and/or on-location areas into sections with production teams isolated from each other.

The BBC could put actors and directors in quarantine… to help restart television production after the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the industry.

At times we may post links to articles that are later proven to be untrue or have their details changed. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will do our best to fact-check everything listed here, but cant be held accountable for any action taken as a result of the information provided.

Fostering her talents as a communicator from an early age, Anna Jane Edmonds (AJ) has spent her life entertaining and education audiences through film and TV. After devoting two years at Toronto’s Randolph Academy, she attended Western University and graduated in 2013 as gold medalist from FIMS. AJ then carried on to the UCLA to study the business of film producing. In 2014 she secured a job at Silver Pictures Entertainment in both the management and development office during the production of the films THE NICE GUYS and COLLIDE.

Her motivation is drawn from the desire to affect those around her and leave the world to come in a better place than where she found it. Film and TV, in her words, are the most powerful mediums for change; and she intends to be at the helm of the changes to come.

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