How the UK film industry is reacting to post-pandemic conditions
As most sectors start to re-open their doors to the public and return to a new norm, the entertainment industry is still on hold. There has been a massive push to resume the filming of our favourite TV shows and talk shows. But how will they go about it while following the current social distancing guidelines? Here are some productions that have found ways around this.
A back-to-work blueprint has been published by the British Film Commission (BFC) and adopted soon after by the broadcast giants such as BBC, ITV and Channel 4. It requires there to be 2 metres between cast and crew across all film settings. In order to execute certain shots, there will be an increase in the use of a green screen as well as keeping numbers on location and in studios to a minimum.
Zoom and Video call
Shows such as Question Time have adapted by keeping the panellists socially distanced while taking calls from people at home. Additionally, The Graham Norton Show has conducted interviews with his usual celebrity guests over video call. Although both of these live shows have been able to somewhat resume production, it’s not the same without a live audience.
Before film crews head straight back to the sets and studios, they will be carefully reintroduced to their work setting. This means only primary crew members and key actors attending the shoots. Streaming giant Netflix is set to spend over £400m on producing more than 50 TV shows in the UK this year. A popular Netflix series The Witcher will resume production of its next series on the 17th August.
A follow on from the classic film series Jurassic Park: Jurassic World Dominion (2021) continued its filming process on the 6th July. The main cast which includes Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard arrived in the UK two weeks prior in order to quarantine before shooting at Pinewood studios in London.
Having spent £3.6b on producing 300 high-end films and TV shows last year in the UK, it is clear that the film industry will take a hit in 2020. But as restrictions are eased and larger groups of people are able to interact, the scale of production will increase and become more efficient.