Production resumed a few weeks ago in the UK on Jurassic World: Dominion which apparently made it the first major studio blockbuster to restart filming, ahead of Avatar 2 in New Zealand. Now the New York Times has run a story about the safety measures in place on the production. Safety measures that have added around $9million to the budget.
It starts with a 107 page safety manual that all cast and crew must read before being allowed back on set. Then there are the infra-red temperature scans which are done every day on arrival.
COVID-19 tests are conducted on everyone three times a week. Actors have to mic themselves. Sets are fogged in anti-viral mist before each use. Boom operators and camera vrew wear masks and face fields when they can. There is an isolated ‘living room’ secure and sterile for the cast between takes. There is also mandatory hand-washing.
Production is divided into two categories – non-live / non-filming crew like construction and the prop department who don’t need to be on-set when shooting, and another category that includes the director, the cast and only essential crew like camera operators and the sound department. Basically making every set a “Closed Set”.
An entire hotel has been rented out by the studio with the same protocols applied to their staff. This is the only place cast and crew can stay. There is a dedicated, full-time doctor and four nurses.
Actor Chris Pratt had to be granted a special quarantine exemption to attend the birth of his baby with new wife Katherine Schwarzenegger. When production shifts to Malta shortly the entire cast and crew will undergo multiple tests in each direction before relocating back to Pinewood Studios.
These protocols are apparently similar to those being deployed at other productions as they start moving again.