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Film Productions Are Starting Back Up! Slowly

Film Productions Are Starting Back Up! Slowly

“Almost anything can be justified as a style of filmmaking if it works.”

-Doug Liman

We’ve all been hit hard due to COVID-19 (I hope you all are staying safe!) and film productions are no exception. It’s been several weeks since virtually all productions have been shut down worldwide. But now, it looks like things are starting to go back to normal. Well, sort of…

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Filmmaking is Back! With New Safety Protocols

As of writing this, three countries have restarted productions in the past couple of days. Sweden, Denmark, and Australia all have some sort of filming going on. However, it’s not as full-on as it was before, there are new safety precautions and protocols in place to keep the cast and crew safe.

Sweden & Denmark

Sweden & Denmark are both following the same guidelines being the first European countries to reengage productions. It’s a comprehensive list of rules and very interesting to check out! If you’re interested, the full document is here in the Nordic Film Guide.

If you want a quick summary:

  • Only 50 people allowed on set
  • Social distancing required
  • Extensive cleaning
  • Tiered arrivals
  • Limited extras
  • Skeleton crew in small spaces
  • Minimal hair & makeup
  • All casting to be done online
  • No buffets! Limited open crafty

I’d suggest giving the full document a look. It’s interesting to see all of the changes they’re putting in to prevent the spread while still being able to shoot. 


So far, there is only one production starting up in Australia, called Neighbours. Here’s their list of protocols as of today:

  • A nurse will always be on set and you must get checked before entering
  • Social Distancing
  • No more than 100 people divided up into quadrants and groups. No mixing except for certain actors
  • Actors don’t get makeup; Actresses don’t get touch-ups
  • No physical contact between actors. Actors will continue to practice social distance on camera. Perspective tricks will be used to make the scenes look more natural
  • Only crew members are allowed to be extras when needed. No external talent

I am fully on board having the crew be the extras! Finally, I can give my background acting dream a go. Plus, maybe get a bit of extra pay?

Hopefully with these new protocols set in place, it will pave the way for more productions to begin opening up in other parts of the world! Only time will tell.

What Are Your Thoughts?

I for one am having withdrawals from being away from set for so long. I can’t remember the last time I took this long of a break. But, safety is the most important thing so I’m happy to wait for as long as it is necessary. What do you think? Let us know in the comments! Oh, and don’t forget about those Daily Local Work Notifications.

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