Universal Studios isn’t joking with the safety of everyone involved as filming restarts for Jurassic World: Dominion.
Though the global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place, some movies are resuming production, and so are the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in the upcoming sequel.
Bryce Dallas Howard who stars opposite Chris Pratt spoke to SiriusXM about how the executives at Universal Studios are doing all they can to make sure the cast and crew members are safe.
There’s been a lot of communication. They are going above and beyond…We would never go back to work if we didn’t feel safe, and you know we’re taking it a day at a time, and I’m very grateful to have a job.
What feels really right about it is that there is this daily conversation, daily communication with all of the actors and the key crew members, just us consistently being like ‘How are we going to do this? How are we going to do this safely?’ And not making compromises that could undermine someone’s health and well-being.”
In Jurassic World: Dominion, the dinosaurs are no longer on a remote island but are now living with humans in their neighborhoods. This is a big problem that Howard and Pratt’s characters have to deal with.
Filming a movie with the above plot means having a lot of people in many shots, ergo the possibility of infection among them. As social distancing rules still apply, this is no small challenge, and a production executive revealed that the studio is taking great care to respond promptly to signs of infection.
Anyone with symptoms will be isolated immediately before being sent home. We want to make sure that we are going above and beyond the national protocols to create a safe environment. Cost isn’t our main concern now: it’s safety. We will take direction from our medical team, but we’re confident that with the staggered scheduling and zones of talent and crew, along with a system of contact tracing, we can move forward with limited delay in production.”
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