With high profile productions such as Mission Impossible postponing filming, it is apparent that the spread of the Coronavirus is set to hit the entertainment industry. The Hollywood Reporter estimates that $5 billion has already been lost from diminished box office revenue and impacted production*. Whilst there isn’t much you can do in self-isolation, there are still precautions and contingencies you can take.
Due to the close physical nature of filming, the best advice is to follow current government guidance (see link). With filming this is essential and many productions are requiring the use of gloves and face masks for the hair and makeup department.
Location managers should ensure handheld equipment be disinfected frequently, and only essential cast and crew to be present.
If you have to relocate your shoot Locality can take out some of the stress. Locality's staff are primed to find locations in less populated areas and to find alternatives to foreign locations. This week Locality has offered solutions for a number of shoots including finding an alternative landscape to the Italian countryside and sourcing an American high street.
The team at Locality will be here to answer your calls and emails even if there is a quarantine situation. We have measures in place to keep the office going ensuring our quick responses.
If your shoot does end up postponing Locality is on hand to rearrange your dates and/ or find alternative locations.
The production's insurance may not cover losses from the coronavirus due to the force majeure clause, the Advertising Producers Association is advising productions to add a rider to contracts to recover the costs and the time spent prior to the postponement or cancellation. We think this is a great idea and one we hope all of our colleagues take on board.
A copy of the suggested addendum can be found on the APA website (click here).
Locality is here to help in any way shape or form.
Good luck out there!
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