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CJ Walley's picture
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Making a Feature Film During COVID-19

Thought you guys might want to check out page 18 of the latest edition of Student Filmmakers magazine where there's an article by Shane Stanley on shooting our latest feature "Double Threat" during Covid.

https://www.studentfilmmakers.com/magazine/pdf2011/SF_2020_v16_n1-digita...

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What an accomplishment, CJ.  There's the initial trepidation - cast interaction before the camera, and crew behind the camera - but the article covers all the other steps of production in this challenging environment.  Thanks for this.

Speaking of cast and crew, since the pandemic began I shifted gears and for the past year have emphasized two particular scripts as "COVID-conscientious"; that is, low budget, fairly contained, small cast (one of them has only a single character), shoot anywhere and, as a result, shoot SOON.  I thought they'd be immediate hits with producers; alas, it has not been so.  Probably reaching out to the wrong people, as usual.  I'm sure it'd all been different if I had funders lined up, or been able to secure some of the talent I'd reached out to.  It was a learning experience of the semi-producer's role, at the very least.

But thanks again for pointing out that there's a lot that goes on behind a COVID-era production of any size - as if we didn't really know or had forgotten

CJ Walley's picture
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It's hard because so few movies are being made so, even if you have a Covid friendly script, producers just don't want to shoot or can't find the funding/crew/talent to get moving.

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 I  am dreading the movies that will be about Covid, or movies that have characters wearing masks as part of the props to indicate 2020-2021. 

Or movies about people stuck in small apartments. Any movie set during this period should be obliterated.  

 

Dorothy de kok's picture
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Thanks for sharing the article ♥️

 

CJ Walley's picture
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Acquisitions want quite the opposite. They know their customers want content that gets them away from the misery of Covid and isolation.