Filmmaking during a pandemic is challenging. That is to say. It’s still possible to achieve good results and find new opportunities in this time of uncertainty. Most restrictions that we have during pandemic play wicked games with our creativity, but we can’t let it happen, and here’s how to prevent it.
Pandemic: an obstacle or a filmmaking opportunity?
You may think that it’s unfortunate that we are entering a new era of «missed opportunities.» The year 2020 was not all rainbows and unicorns, to put it mildly. And that is mostly because of a pandemic – a force that can’t be tamed. A year ago, we couldn’t even imagine that our lives would be so different. But here we are! The filmmaking industry was in a state of chaos during a pandemic stroke: filmmaking processes were shut down; thousands of actors and crew members became jobless for an uncertain period.
But what’s a missed shot for one person can be a field of endless opportunities for another.And in this article, we will talk about how filmmakers can find new possibilities even during a tough time.
Filmmaking industry facing struggles:
The filmmaking industry has struggled a lot since the beginning of the pandemic. To start with, it’s a missed chance to shoot abroad, which caused a lot of troubles for many talents – those in front of the camera and behind it. It means that even right now, when the restrictions, for the most part, have been lifted, possibilities for movie sets are still quite restricted.
Of course, one of the most significant issues during this time is money, no doubt. Pandemic has shaken up the national economy, and it shows. Film studios make budget cuts, and this results in a big struggle for creators.
Another significant problem is that outbreak is still out there, and safety measures have to be taken. Unfortunately, for filmmakers, it also means that if one of the crew is tested positive, the process of filmmaking is compromised. And it brings us to the previous problem – filmmakers can’t afford to shut down the working process, start it again, and then shut it down time after time.
How can filmmakers adjust to this “new normal”?
Although restrictions can vary, and issues are still major during this time, there are ways to adjust to the new world that we live in.
Finding new approaches
Right now, it’s time to take a different approach to filmmaking. It’s probably not so easy to do, but using new technologies and virtual solutions can help you create something unique and new or at least make some things possible to do them remotely.
Thinking outside the box
Yes, sometimes you can use unexpected ideas – something you have never thought about before – and create a great project! All it takes is some time and effort, and, of course, a bit of creativity. Don’t forget to involve others in your creative process and keep in mind that safety comes first.
Take the most out of this new experience.
Make the enemy your friend. Yes, just like that! If you have some fears and concerns during this challenging time, use it not against but to your benefit. If the pandemic caught you off guard, you have to look at the situation from a positive angle. Given the circumstances, you still have lots of time to spend with your family and friends, and maybe even use it to improve your skills. How about trying out some online courses? Or perhaps you wanted to try and create a film using Zoom? Well, now it’s the perfect time for some unique solutions and new challenging ideas.
So, all in all, making movies in 2020 is not the easiest thing to do, but it’s possible. Don’t forget to make sure you take all of the safety measures. Don’t let stress let you down, and use the situation to your advantage.