New York Releases Coronavirus Production Guidelines for Resuming Film and TV Production

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New York released production guidelines to resume filming for TV shows and movies.

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released production guidelines following the March Coronavirus COVID-19 shutdown. The new production rules include frequent testing, stricter cleaning procedures, and social distancing.

Last March, several TV shows shut down. The state is looking to resume filming in Phase Four of the Coronavirus Reopening. However, when Phase Four will begin is currently unknown.

The guidelines released on the New York Governor’s website, reveals a long list of production safety precautions that are both mandatory and recommended. Some of the mandatory guidelines include the following:

  • Indoor Facilities limited to no more than 50% maximum occupancy
  • Ensure all employees are 6 ft apart.
  • Ensure all employees wear acceptable face coverings. Actors may temporarily remove their mask during performances/rehearsals
  • Limit the number of employees to essential individuals
  • Take social distancing requirements

Recommended best practices include the following:

  • Use remote services as much as possible
  • Modify the use of work stations to encourage 6ft separation
  • Encourage dedicated work zones
  • Minors should be limited to two accompanying adults and potentially move minors to a secure off-set location
  • Encourage users to drive alone
  • All scouting should take place virtually
  • Ensure people attending casting locations to wait in their cars or outside the facility until their audition.
  • Eliminate open calls

This news comes after background actors are worried Coronavirus guidelines will destroy their acting career.

One of the best ways to get started in the film industry is arguably getting a job as a background actor. The position requires little to no acting experience and gives aspiring actors, filmmakers, and producers the opportunity to see what it is like to work on a production. However, due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 guidelines, movie and TV extras could become a thing of the past replaced with CGI and smaller scenes.

Many guilds including SAG-AFTRA, the Directors Guild, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the Cinematographers Guild released rules planned to protect their guild members from infection. However, many of the guidelines suggest guidelines that say to reduce background extras and increase production expenses to hire background actors.

In Los Angeles, the LA County Department of Public Health released guidelines for movies and TV shows saying that the “cast must be as silent as possible to avoid spreading droplets through talking.” Moreover, “Large crowd scenes should be avoided,” which is bad news for background actors who make at around $100 per day.

Sande Alessi is the extras casting director from many hit movies including the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Argo’. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she says, “Nobody wants what I’m selling,” she says. “Nobody wants human beings.”

In relevant news, Louisiana’s film industry is preparing to resume filming this July 2020.

According to WDSU, Louisiana’s film industry is preparing for a comeback following the Coronavirus COVID-19 shutdown. According to reports, the film industry is planning to get back to work in late July 2020.

Producers and production crews are set to start filming in Lousiana as soon as late July as the film industry is preparing to make major Coronavirus COVID-19 health-related changes.

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