From Jurassic World to Mission Impossible 7: Here are the measures film sets are putting in place during the pandemic to keep filming

Film shoot on a set. (PHOTO: Picture Alliance/Getty Images)
Film shoot on a set. (PHOTO: Picture Alliance/Getty Images)
Picture Alliance

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, film sets are implementing new protocols to protect their crews from Covid-19.

The film industry has been on lockdown for months, leaving many blockbuster releases on hold.

Producers on the set of the upcoming Jurassic World film have constructed a drive-thru coronavirus check, before the film’s stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum are allowed on set, The Sun reports.

“Everyone on set, from the runners to the leading stars, will have to drive through the testing station — and only those who pass the checks will be allowed on set,” a source told the publication.

“One person showing symptoms somewhere like this could be totally catastrophic.”

The sixth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, titled Jurassic World: Dominion, was due to be released this month but production was halted due to the pandemic.

You may also like | Five local celebs you may not realise featured in these famous ads

Other films are also taking careful precautions to curb the spread of the virus when they resume production.

A remake of The Children of the Corn has managed to continue shooting on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia by reducing its cast and crew size, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

Producer Lucas Foster and director Kurt Wimmer have implemented health and safety protocols by keeping the production self-contained and abiding by the restrictions set by the Australian film board.

Director James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel to Avatar resumed production amid the crisis and found a novel way to go forward.

They started filming in New Zealand because the country is almost coronavirus free, the BBC reports.

The New Zealand government has mandated 14 days of quarantine for people arriving in New Zealand and must test negative for Covid-19 before leaving quarantine.

Mission Impossible 7 will also resume production in September of this year.

Read more | Tom Cruise in the works of building a Covid-19 free site to film Mission Impossible 7

The film is set to start shooting outdoor scenes first, Variety reports.

“That feels fairly doable, and obviously there will be precautions put in place,” said Simon Pegg who plays Benji Dunn in the franchise.

The actor confirmed that social distancing protocols are set to be strictly followed.

“People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it’ll have to be determined that they’re safe to do that. I don’t know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they’ll be able to be tested regularly.”

Source: The Sun, Hollywood Reporter, BBC, Variety

*Covid-19 is keeping many of us indoors. Our shopping trips have become brief, normal activities have been halted. Many have been wondering if they’ll still get their copy of their favourite YOU magazine. And how will we find things to do while indoors?

Though YOU magazine is available in most grocery stores, you can also subscribe online with no fuss. Click here to purchase a digital copy