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The Style Of Filmmaking And Its Evolution Through The Pandemic

The cast and crew are back on track after a hiatus of months! Bingedaily spoke to them about the Covid19 safety protocols followed while shooting.

Those cameras have begun rolling once again! But even while several states have issued proposed guidelines for restarting film production, there is still no consensus within the industry of what restrictions or safeguards will ultimately be needed to get cast and crew back to work safely. Nevertheless, the film fraternity is back on track after a hiatus of several months! Bingedaily spoke to a few crew, to know just how the specifics of filmmaking are evolving after a pandemic and the safety protocols followed while shooting during Covid19.

“The shoot dates got postponed thrice”

With lockdowns being reimposed in many states due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases, there wasn’t clarity for filmmakers or directors when to resume shooting. Mohit Nain, who recently did a commercial ad for The GRAVITY FILM PRODUCTION, says these reimpositions of the lockdown were a real spoilsport for the film industry. “The shoot was postponed thrice, and this was only the beginning of how Covid19 changed the game.”

Mohit Nain

“The style of filmmaking evolved during the pandemic”

Pallavi Malhotra, who's been Director’s assistant for a film ‘Delivering Smiles’, which is part of Netflix’s ‘Home Stories’, speaks of how the conceptualisation of the film itself had to be changed to incorporate new protocols. “Our film was shifted from a regular third-person perspective to a vlog-style treatment with more Point of View (POV) shots. This gave us the benefit of shooting with a fewer number of people or for that matter, shooting at different locations. We asked people to shoot at their homes without revealing their identities. At times, we maintained a common gloved hand in the frame for continuity.”

“Only 20% crew in attendance”

The Maharashtra government allowed shooting to resume with stringent guidelines on June 23. These Covid19 shooting protocols demanded there be only 33 per cent of the full crew capacity, all cast and crew must have the Arogya Setu app downloaded, the presence of an ambulance with nurses and doctors, and a dedicated person on set to check body temperatures. Actors above the age of 65 were restricted from the set, and audience were not permitted for fiction or non-fiction programming. For casting directors, the guidelines included encouraging auditions digitally, along with recommendations to dispose off the script after every reading.

Amosh Puthiyattil, a cinematographer said that owing to these Covid19 shooting protocols, the crew on set was restricted to just a handful of people, “Only the director, producer and 2 assistants would be present during a shoot, a maximum of 20% crew.”

Amosh Puthiyattil

Covid19 safety protocols while shooting

Speaking of integrating these protocols, Mohit said it was certainly no easy task. “Every situation was required to be altered. Whether it was makeup or simply having a meal, you’d always be concerned if you were getting too close to your crew members and immediately remind yourself to keep a safe distance, while reminding yourself to take every precaution possible so as for things to go smoothly.”

“The shoot was in Hyderabad and being based in Mumbai, I had to travel. This coupled with all the travel restrictions, the safety gear etc. it was like entering a new world of shooting.”

A still from set: shared by Mohit

“Simpler shots were incorporated”

Pallavi reiterates the safety protocols taken not just by the main cast, but even those involved in the shooting. “Only one person with a small camera like a GoPro or an iPhone went where required and the rest of the crew was live and coordinating via Google meet. This person who was travelling with the equipment, was at all times wearing a mask and had a sanitiser on his person.”

An actor checking his own frame: shared by Pallavi

“Wherever the equipment was taken, a pair of gloves were given along with it. The treatment of the film was also adjusted, incorporating simpler shots, and more person-to-camera bits. Everyone wore multiple caps. The actor did the sound himself. The director, the actor and I were constantly on a Google meet to discuss the set dressing, which was in fact the actor’s living room. Production was restricted to 2 people, who also coordinated over call and video.”

A production assistant with the PPE kit: shared by Pallavi

Speaking of how these safety protocols have made the shooting process difficult, Amosh says “Earlier, we had a focus puller camera assistant and due to this, it was very easy to rent out lighting equipment before the shoot. However now, most of the rental houses are in containment zones, so lighting equipment doesn’t come easy. There was this one time during the shoot when we forgot to take along filter paper for the lights and only realised this after reaching the location. The local shops were all closed, and the night was spent hopping from one shop to the other trying to find at least one place that had the paper. The woes of shooting with Covid19 protocols!”

“Normality will take a while to resume”

Mohit says “It took three months for shooting to resume. Covid19 cases are only increasing day by day. It’s definitely going to take a while for shooting to resume in full strength. However, people are shooting while incorporating the recommended precautions and I see the situation reviving soon. The mantra I follow for now is never taking anything for granted.”


Entertainment

The Style Of Filmmaking And Its Evolution Through The Pandemic

The cast and crew are back on track after a hiatus of months! Bingedaily spoke to them about the Covid19 safety protocols followed while shooting.

Those cameras have begun rolling once again! But even while several states have issued proposed guidelines for restarting film production, there is still no consensus within the industry of what restrictions or safeguards will ultimately be needed to get cast and crew back to work safely. Nevertheless, the film fraternity is back on track after a hiatus of several months! Bingedaily spoke to a few crew, to know just how the specifics of filmmaking are evolving after a pandemic and the safety protocols followed while shooting during Covid19.

“The shoot dates got postponed thrice”

With lockdowns being reimposed in many states due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases, there wasn’t clarity for filmmakers or directors when to resume shooting. Mohit Nain, who recently did a commercial ad for The GRAVITY FILM PRODUCTION, says these reimpositions of the lockdown were a real spoilsport for the film industry. “The shoot was postponed thrice, and this was only the beginning of how Covid19 changed the game.”

Mohit Nain

“The style of filmmaking evolved during the pandemic”

Pallavi Malhotra, who's been Director’s assistant for a film ‘Delivering Smiles’, which is part of Netflix’s ‘Home Stories’, speaks of how the conceptualisation of the film itself had to be changed to incorporate new protocols. “Our film was shifted from a regular third-person perspective to a vlog-style treatment with more Point of View (POV) shots. This gave us the benefit of shooting with a fewer number of people or for that matter, shooting at different locations. We asked people to shoot at their homes without revealing their identities. At times, we maintained a common gloved hand in the frame for continuity.”

“Only 20% crew in attendance”

The Maharashtra government allowed shooting to resume with stringent guidelines on June 23. These Covid19 shooting protocols demanded there be only 33 per cent of the full crew capacity, all cast and crew must have the Arogya Setu app downloaded, the presence of an ambulance with nurses and doctors, and a dedicated person on set to check body temperatures. Actors above the age of 65 were restricted from the set, and audience were not permitted for fiction or non-fiction programming. For casting directors, the guidelines included encouraging auditions digitally, along with recommendations to dispose off the script after every reading.

Amosh Puthiyattil, a cinematographer said that owing to these Covid19 shooting protocols, the crew on set was restricted to just a handful of people, “Only the director, producer and 2 assistants would be present during a shoot, a maximum of 20% crew.”

Amosh Puthiyattil

Covid19 safety protocols while shooting

Speaking of integrating these protocols, Mohit said it was certainly no easy task. “Every situation was required to be altered. Whether it was makeup or simply having a meal, you’d always be concerned if you were getting too close to your crew members and immediately remind yourself to keep a safe distance, while reminding yourself to take every precaution possible so as for things to go smoothly.”

“The shoot was in Hyderabad and being based in Mumbai, I had to travel. This coupled with all the travel restrictions, the safety gear etc. it was like entering a new world of shooting.”

A still from set: shared by Mohit

“Simpler shots were incorporated”

Pallavi reiterates the safety protocols taken not just by the main cast, but even those involved in the shooting. “Only one person with a small camera like a GoPro or an iPhone went where required and the rest of the crew was live and coordinating via Google meet. This person who was travelling with the equipment, was at all times wearing a mask and had a sanitiser on his person.”

An actor checking his own frame: shared by Pallavi

“Wherever the equipment was taken, a pair of gloves were given along with it. The treatment of the film was also adjusted, incorporating simpler shots, and more person-to-camera bits. Everyone wore multiple caps. The actor did the sound himself. The director, the actor and I were constantly on a Google meet to discuss the set dressing, which was in fact the actor’s living room. Production was restricted to 2 people, who also coordinated over call and video.”

A production assistant with the PPE kit: shared by Pallavi

Speaking of how these safety protocols have made the shooting process difficult, Amosh says “Earlier, we had a focus puller camera assistant and due to this, it was very easy to rent out lighting equipment before the shoot. However now, most of the rental houses are in containment zones, so lighting equipment doesn’t come easy. There was this one time during the shoot when we forgot to take along filter paper for the lights and only realised this after reaching the location. The local shops were all closed, and the night was spent hopping from one shop to the other trying to find at least one place that had the paper. The woes of shooting with Covid19 protocols!”

“Normality will take a while to resume”

Mohit says “It took three months for shooting to resume. Covid19 cases are only increasing day by day. It’s definitely going to take a while for shooting to resume in full strength. However, people are shooting while incorporating the recommended precautions and I see the situation reviving soon. The mantra I follow for now is never taking anything for granted.”


Entertainment

The Style Of Filmmaking And Its Evolution Through The Pandemic

The cast and crew are back on track after a hiatus of months! Bingedaily spoke to them about the Covid19 safety protocols followed while shooting.

Those cameras have begun rolling once again! But even while several states have issued proposed guidelines for restarting film production, there is still no consensus within the industry of what restrictions or safeguards will ultimately be needed to get cast and crew back to work safely. Nevertheless, the film fraternity is back on track after a hiatus of several months! Bingedaily spoke to a few crew, to know just how the specifics of filmmaking are evolving after a pandemic and the safety protocols followed while shooting during Covid19.

“The shoot dates got postponed thrice”

With lockdowns being reimposed in many states due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases, there wasn’t clarity for filmmakers or directors when to resume shooting. Mohit Nain, who recently did a commercial ad for The GRAVITY FILM PRODUCTION, says these reimpositions of the lockdown were a real spoilsport for the film industry. “The shoot was postponed thrice, and this was only the beginning of how Covid19 changed the game.”

Mohit Nain

“The style of filmmaking evolved during the pandemic”

Pallavi Malhotra, who's been Director’s assistant for a film ‘Delivering Smiles’, which is part of Netflix’s ‘Home Stories’, speaks of how the conceptualisation of the film itself had to be changed to incorporate new protocols. “Our film was shifted from a regular third-person perspective to a vlog-style treatment with more Point of View (POV) shots. This gave us the benefit of shooting with a fewer number of people or for that matter, shooting at different locations. We asked people to shoot at their homes without revealing their identities. At times, we maintained a common gloved hand in the frame for continuity.”

“Only 20% crew in attendance”

The Maharashtra government allowed shooting to resume with stringent guidelines on June 23. These Covid19 shooting protocols demanded there be only 33 per cent of the full crew capacity, all cast and crew must have the Arogya Setu app downloaded, the presence of an ambulance with nurses and doctors, and a dedicated person on set to check body temperatures. Actors above the age of 65 were restricted from the set, and audience were not permitted for fiction or non-fiction programming. For casting directors, the guidelines included encouraging auditions digitally, along with recommendations to dispose off the script after every reading.

Amosh Puthiyattil, a cinematographer said that owing to these Covid19 shooting protocols, the crew on set was restricted to just a handful of people, “Only the director, producer and 2 assistants would be present during a shoot, a maximum of 20% crew.”

Amosh Puthiyattil

Covid19 safety protocols while shooting

Speaking of integrating these protocols, Mohit said it was certainly no easy task. “Every situation was required to be altered. Whether it was makeup or simply having a meal, you’d always be concerned if you were getting too close to your crew members and immediately remind yourself to keep a safe distance, while reminding yourself to take every precaution possible so as for things to go smoothly.”

“The shoot was in Hyderabad and being based in Mumbai, I had to travel. This coupled with all the travel restrictions, the safety gear etc. it was like entering a new world of shooting.”

A still from set: shared by Mohit

“Simpler shots were incorporated”

Pallavi reiterates the safety protocols taken not just by the main cast, but even those involved in the shooting. “Only one person with a small camera like a GoPro or an iPhone went where required and the rest of the crew was live and coordinating via Google meet. This person who was travelling with the equipment, was at all times wearing a mask and had a sanitiser on his person.”

An actor checking his own frame: shared by Pallavi

“Wherever the equipment was taken, a pair of gloves were given along with it. The treatment of the film was also adjusted, incorporating simpler shots, and more person-to-camera bits. Everyone wore multiple caps. The actor did the sound himself. The director, the actor and I were constantly on a Google meet to discuss the set dressing, which was in fact the actor’s living room. Production was restricted to 2 people, who also coordinated over call and video.”

A production assistant with the PPE kit: shared by Pallavi

Speaking of how these safety protocols have made the shooting process difficult, Amosh says “Earlier, we had a focus puller camera assistant and due to this, it was very easy to rent out lighting equipment before the shoot. However now, most of the rental houses are in containment zones, so lighting equipment doesn’t come easy. There was this one time during the shoot when we forgot to take along filter paper for the lights and only realised this after reaching the location. The local shops were all closed, and the night was spent hopping from one shop to the other trying to find at least one place that had the paper. The woes of shooting with Covid19 protocols!”

“Normality will take a while to resume”

Mohit says “It took three months for shooting to resume. Covid19 cases are only increasing day by day. It’s definitely going to take a while for shooting to resume in full strength. However, people are shooting while incorporating the recommended precautions and I see the situation reviving soon. The mantra I follow for now is never taking anything for granted.”


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