California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that Hollywood can resume TV and film production staring June 12th. However, cast and crew will have to observe certain new rules.
After a three-month pandemic hiatus Californian governor Gavin Newsom has green-lit the resumption of TV and film production. Hollywood can resume shooting starting June 12th. Although, producers will have to seek approval from public health officials before their project can go back on the floor.
Newsom announcement comes after an elaborate review of the white paper tabled by the Hollywood’s labor unions and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers last week. The institutions had combined forces to release a list of recommendations for the safe resumption of TV and film production in Hollywood. Production giants including Disney, Netflix, and Warner Bros had provided their input to the proposal. Their suggestions were quite similar to the list of guidelines the Producer’s Guild of India had presented before the Indian Chief Minister to allow the recommencement of filming in Bollywood.
The new protocols for TV and film production intend to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. While all rules may not necessarily be followed, they have laid the framework for the entertainment industry to continue working amid the coronavirus crisis.
New Rules: TV and Film Production To Resume With Limited Physical Contact
Hollywood will drastically cut down on intimate and action scenes once TV and film production recommences. Scripting changes and digital effects will enable minimal contact between actors. While screenwriters will develop strategies to avoid crowding actors in a frame.
New Rules: Hollywood Drops Its Live-Studio Audience From TV And Film Production
The white paper has ‘discouraged’ an on-set live studio audience. It hasn’t completely forbade the possibility, but it is unlikely that producers will allow people to gather around their sets. Live-studio audience is a common sitcom tradition. But to conform to Hollywood’s new TV and film production regulations, sitcoms might opt for a recorded laugh track. Late-night talk shows have already practiced filming without a studio audience before the lockdown. So a paradigm is already in place.
New Rules: Hollywood Film And TV Production To Adopt A Virtual Writers’ Room
Writers have been working on scripts from home during the lockdown. They have also been coordinating with each other and project executives via web conferences. So Hollywood has decided to make virtuality a norm for its writers once TV and film production restarts. Writers may be asked to visit sets if online functionality isn’t feasible. Besides that, actors will be handed digital scripts in place of the paper ones. These measures will help reduce the risk of virus transmission.
New Rules: Hollywood To Resume Film And TV Production With Shorter/ Fewer Working Days
The International Cinematographers Guild published its own guidelines for TV and film production on June 3rd. The association doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the cast and crew so as to forsake their health and immunity. The task force has therefore pressed for shortened and fewer working hours. This new rule will elongate project development and subsequently incur greater production costs.
New Rules: Hollywood Encourages DIY Makeup And Costumes Once TV And Film Production Resumes.
As Hollywood resumes TV and film production, it will hit costume designers, makeup artists, and hairstylists the hardest; craftspeople who work on sets, perform their duties with close proximity to the actors. This is unfortunately not possible anymore due to social distancing restrictions. Showrunners and moviemakers are encouraging actors to do their own makeup and put on their own dresses whenever possible.
Producers may drop complicated costumes and elaborate makeup on the whole. And independent workspaces will have to improvise new protocols to deal with situations where contact is mandatory. Behind the camera, all cast and crew members must wear face masks and gloves. And while craftspeople may not be able to physically assist with makeup and dress-up, they may deliver their guidance for actors to follow.