I don't think things will be back to normal anytime soon. It will be a different "normal" probably for the rest of the year. I read something today where they think the lock down will go on for another 2 months. So maybe they start opening things up mid-June/July 1st, of course with certain precautions in place? Hard to guess at this point as they don't want to open things up too soon and have all of our "stay at home" sacrifices be for nothing. Than again, at some point they have to open things up, economy wise.
Variety spoke with dozens of studio executives, producers, directors, actors and below-the-line artisans in the U.S., Canada and Europe about what the new normal on set might look like as productions begin to start up again. While everyone’s working on some kind of plan, most (at least, in North America) are not actually proceeding until the impending release of highly anticipated guidelines spearheaded by the AMPTP, which is based on input from studios, epidemiologists and public health officials, as well as sensitive negotiations with the various trade unions.
What’s emerged is a moving target that no one quite has a full grasp of but everyone understands is heading in only one direction: The costs of production, already sky-high, are going to get even higher.
Even without detailed industry guidelines in place, the executives Variety spoke with forecast increased expenses. Any potential cost reductions — shooting only on soundstages, with a smaller crew and cast out of social-distancing necessity — seem like a drop in the bucket. “I don’t anticipate any savings,” says one studio production chief. “We’re looking at more than incremental increases. It’s very hard to say, but on a major movie, as much as 20% increases. And that’s on paper.”
Not everyone is on board with the idea of going back into production before there is medicinal treatment or a vaccine for COVID-19. One director of a studio movie that was in pre-production when everything shut down thinks such plans are irresponsible. The filmmaker, who spoke to Variety under the condition of anonymity, resents that he was sent to scout locations in March when it was clear to him that the world was in a pandemic, and he thinks any plan to restart is ludicrous. “A movie can’t work with masks and social distancing — everyone is all over each other all the time,” he says. “To not face that, either you’re in denial or you’re ignorant, or you’re pretending to not know so the company isn’t liable.”
Post by chalametthegreat on Jun 25, 2020 10:19:47 GMT -8
Can everyone in America just wear the damn mask out in public so we can get this pandemic behind us as quickly as possible?! Maryland where I live has been doing great to date. However, now we are all worried parts of the country may ruin this progress. It is depressing because these small businesses have been opening and need to open to survive. We cant be locked down again, but people especially younger ones need to follow the damn rules. I want films and theatres to resume production again, but they cannot if we take ten steps backwards. God save us from 2020!!!
I am in Los Angeles County and it can be frustrating as hell regarding masks. I would say most wear them but not everyone. I go to the same grocery store each week and since the stay at home orders started, I have not seen one person not wear a mask there. So that is encouraging. But I see others, such as walking around, the beach, not wearing them. I have to take my car to get it repaired tomorrow, so very curious what I will find there.
I never in my wildest dreams thought we would all be fighting in regards to wearing a mask or not in a pandemic. I can't believe wearing a mask has become political. It is utter lunacy! And we have terrible leadership at the top. Trump refuses to wear one. It was reported today that reporters asked why he didn't wear one and he said he didn't want to give them the satisfaction. And yesterday he said the crisis was over. He is dangerous!