Universal’s ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ On Course To Be First Major Studio Movie Back Underway In UK, Detailed Safety Protocols Revealed
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EXCLUSIVE: Universal's Jurassic World: Dominion will be the first major studio film to restart filming in the UK. Universal has confirmed that cameras will roll in Pinewood Studios in the second week of July (July 6).
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The filmmakers and studio-top brass players pulled out all the stops to get production going again after it was stopped in mid-March four weeks after a 20-week shoot from the pandemic. Local production workers have implemented stringent security protocols in the past few days, and a two-week pre-production phase begins next week.
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"We plan to start shooting in mid-July," confirmed a senior production manager at Universal.
Universal has worked with the British British Film Council and US unions to ensure that production meets required safety standards. But it also goes beyond these measures.
The studio is expected to spend approximately $ 5 million on its protocols, which the production will use to perform thousands of tests during the remainder of the shoot. All actors and crew members are tested before returning to the set and then several times during filming.
Security measures include hiring a private medical facility called Your Doctor to meet the medical needs of the entire production. Covid training for all performers and crew members; Local doctors, nurses and isolation booths; 150 hand disinfection stations; nocturnal antiviral "fog"; more than 1,800 safety signs around Pinewood; and "Green Zones" for the occupation and crew. Masks are mandatory except for actors during the performance. Scroll down for more information on the studio's logs.
"Anyone with symptoms is isolated immediately before being sent home," said Universal’s production manager. “We want to make sure that we go beyond national protocols to create a safe environment. Costs are not our main concern now: it's safety. We will take the instructions from our medical team, but are confident that with staggered planning and zones of talent and crew, and a contact tracking system with limited delay in production. "
The ambitious program was reviewed and approved by Donna Langley, Universal's chairman, and Universal's senior management team. Langley was a vocal advocate of the industry restart and led the LA County's Task Force on Resilience on behalf of the media and entertainment sector.
Some of Dominion's protagonists, including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, returned to the U.S. during the break, but will soon fly back to the UK, where they will have to undergo a two-week quarantine under new government regulations. Actors traveling from the United States are also tested before leaving the country.
Dominion director Colin Trevorrow was instrumental in the planning and buy-in of the cast and crew. Inevitably, the team had questions about returning to work in a country that was particularly hard hit by Covid, but we hear that the spirit was cooperative and positive.
In contrast to many other productions, Universal's previous insurance policy remains without exclusions. This is one of the reasons why the studio can go back into production so quickly. During the costly hiatus, Pinewood raised fees for holding US studios, which was another incentive to resume.
Trevorrow, who wrote the screenplay with Emily Carmichael based on a story by Derek Connolly, is an executive producer at Steven Spielberg. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley produce. Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill repeat their roles from the original Jurassic Park from 1993. The current release date is June 11, 2021. Previous edition Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom had sales of USD 1.3 billion in 2018, what for the fifteenth of all time at the box office.
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Jurassic World: Dominion was one of the few major studio productions in the UK. The government gave the film and television industry the go-ahead to resume production last month, but security, practice and insurance issues remain to be resolved as Britain is slowly coming out of lockdown (schools, cinemas, pubs, restaurants remain closed) ).
Other UK-based blockbusters waiting for the go-ahead are Warner Bros' The Batman and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 3 and Disney's The Little Mermaid. James Cameron came back to New Zealand earlier this month to resume the avatar sequels, and Netflix is on the road in several TV productions (and one film) in the Nordic countries.
All studios worked as well as possible on touchless elements of their films during the break, including VFX work, storyboarding and planning for restarts. We hear that the construction workers are now preparing for a series of productions again. So don't be surprised if this is the first in a series of announcements about movie restarts.
Universal's logs for Jurassic World: Dominion include:
The contract from a private medical facility called Your Doctor to manage the medical requirements of the entire production. This includes Covid-19, fever and antibody tests, but also all hand disinfectants, social distance measures, updates to government and best practice guidelines. Your doctor will continually update production safety measures as science and the environment change, and is available for cast consultations to address health and safety concerns.
The studio commissioned Your Doctor to test the entire crew before starting production. You will then test the crew temporarily throughout the production. The entire crew is also tested for antibodies. Thousands of tests are expected to be run during the shoot.
The entire crew is subjected to a temperature test every day and may only be carried out on site after completion. At each end of the Pinewood Studios, two walk-in temperature test stations with a capacity of 1,000 crew members will be built over 2 hours. Each test station will have a compliment to doctors, nurses and isolation booths. The crew is checked to see if they have been tested by a bespoke RFID system that registers when a crew member has been subjected to a temperature test. The crew also receives a paper wristband for security identification as a relapse. If necessary, additional temperature test stations can be set up on site.
The studio puts up about 1,800 signs in Pinewood and more on site. This includes reminders that the number of crew members will be limited in different locations, that social distance (six feet apart) is required and one-way systems are in operation.
The studio runs a full COVID training program that all employees must complete before starting. Universal will also conduct special training for specialist groups (e.g. costume and make-up).
The studio manufactures 150 hand disinfection stations to be positioned at points around the Pinewood Studios. They also use an additional 60 sinks. All crew members receive an individual hand disinfection bottle at the beginning.
Production will double the cleaning recommendations and employ a large cleaning team that continuously cleans all points of contact across the entire site as well as all public areas, toilets, social facilities and kitchens. They are cleaned with special antiviral sprays that correspond to the situation. In the evening, all toilets, common areas, social areas, kitchens, trucks and sets are anti-viral. Props, handle, SFX and camera use special anti-static cleaning systems.
The studio is setting up a “greenzone” for the actors and crew, which will have an improved test environment. The "Greenzone" is monitored to prevent untested crew members from arriving as another measure to spread COVID.
Universal will have additional security details waiting for the temperature test centers, and another team that checks the crew is authorized to go into the protected green zones. The security team is trained in COVID measures to ensure that the required procedures are followed.
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