The entertainment industry has taken a major step in bringing film and TV production back on track. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Health have revealed that they will allow filming to resume on Friday June 12. This date was previously approved by California Governor Gavin Newsome, subject to county approval. Even though this is a step in the right direction, projects still need to be put on track before a lot can happen.
Los Angeles County will issue guidelines that will allow film and TV productions to resume. But this is just one piece of the puzzle. Union representatives within the industry must still agree to protocols for individual on-set jobs and departments. LA County Public Health Department Director Barbara Ferrer said this in a statement.
“We are not out of the forest. We are in the middle of the forest, and there is a lot of risk.”
This risk is something studios and different unions have to consider. Recently, the studios and guilds released a 22-page document outlining their recommended guidelines for resuming filming. This includes testing for cast and crew members to ensure that no one works ill. Masks will also be a large part of the equation, as will safety training and social disturbances whenever possible. It is expected that these changes will come at a huge cost, as insurance and production budgets will increase by an estimated 20 percent. This may prove to be cost-prohibitive for some projects. All this will need to be ironed on a case-by-case basis.
Keeping this in mind, it is expected that there will be very little filming this weekend. It is far more likely that movies and TV shows can get their ducks in a row to begin production in July or August. But this is a step in the right direction. It is also expected that productions that use sound creation will be more likely to achieve, as on-location filming presents other unique challenges. This means that sitcoms, game shows, and talk shows may perhaps resume soon. Films and big-budget TV shows, generally speaking, have more.
Production has been discontinued for almost all major films and TV programs since mid-March. This has forced some major films such as Delay Batman, Matrix 4, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom even more. Avatar 2 And other films have been set to resume overseas where restrictions have been lifted in countries such as New Zealand and the Czech Republic. The shutdown has forced the network to shift its plans for the Fall TV season, with the CW postponing all of its new and returning shows until early next year, as opposed to September / October . We will be sure to keep you posted as the situation develops. This news was previously reported by Variety.