Back In February, just in Los Angeles, california, about 1,100 of the productions were shooting. At the end of March, it had already been shut down. Entertainment productions and support nearly 750,000 jobs and $68 billion in wages and salaries each year in California alone.
One of the biggest challenges the industry will have to deal with all of the unions and the studios to agree to the measures, the industry said.
“The major studios in Hollywood — Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal — will work with the guilds and with the unions in order to establish a set of protocols that will be in the set safe,” said Bryn Sandberg, a senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter.
The new security measures will not be cheap, he said the Oscar-winning writer-producer, Nick Vallelonga.
“Movies are different, because time is money,” he said to the Vallelonga, who is a co-author and co-producer of “the Green Book”, which won Best film and Best Screenplay at the 2019 World. “Big productions have anywhere from 75 to 200 people in a crew. So, in order for this to people every day and checked in…it’s a very time-consuming.”
Even when it comes to security, the measures to be taken are agreed upon, the productions are struggling to continue to show a human connection to the screen, while maintaining social distance.
“It does eliminate the love scenes? Or, even, the love scenes…just a kiss,” Vallelonga said. “I don’t know what you’re going to work on that.”