Coronavirus: Hollywood is Working on How to Resume Filming Safely

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The Directors Guild of America launches a committee to study how to resume filming safely.

Variety reports the Directors Guild of America picked “Contagion” director Steven Soderbergh to lead a committee to investigate how to start production when the Coronavirus pandemic subsides.

DGA President Thomas Schlamme and National Executive Director Russell Hollander made the announcement late Thursday afternoon.

“A major concern we’re hearing most right now is about when we’ll be returning to work, and how we can be certain that it’s safe to do so,” the duo said. “Rest assured, this is something we’ve been spending a great deal of time thinking about as well. While we don’t have an answer as to when production will resume, we are taking steps to address how we can be safe when it does happen. A national board committee, spearheaded by Steven Soderbergh and with members from all categories, has been appointed to do a thorough examination of the issues at hand and to make recommendations to the board.”

The DGA is reportedly consulting with leading epidemiologists in the science and will work with other Hollywood unions and employers for a guide to help everyone safely return to work.

“And speaking of when we all go back to work, a second national board committee has been appointed to focus on preserving the communal theatrical experience so that when it is safe to do so, your feature films intended to be seen on a big screen will have that opportunity,” they said. “The committee, comprised of feature film directors, assistant directors, and unit production managers will begin working now to examine ways to promote that safe return to a theatrical exhibition that’s so important for our culture and our art.”

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