Jurassic World: Dominion is set to return with Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, and Bryce Dallas Howard after a period of hiatus due to the pandemic.

Written by: Danica Creahan – August 4th, 2020 9:02 pm pst

Credit to @BryceDHoward on twitter

Jurassic World: Dominion, made pandemic history when it resumed production on July 6, 2020. One of the first blockbuster films to return to set, they are serving as a massive guinea pig for the film industry in the post-coronavirus era. 

Members of the star-studded cast have posted about their excitement to return, or shortly be returning, to set. These posts offer fans a glimmer of hope and a look into the potential future of blockbuster film production. 

Despite rumors that production had swiftly halted due to positive Covid-19 test results from the crew, Dominion is moving full steam ahead on production, and Universal has made a statement denying said rumors:  

“Any reports indicating that Jurassic World: Dominion has halted production are categorically untrue,” said a Universal spokesperson. “The production is in its fifth day of shooting today, and we’re thrilled to be back in front of the camera on this incredible project.” 

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the cast and crew of the blockbuster sequel, currently filming in the U.K. are operating under 109 pages of safety protocols, according to one of the returning original cast members, Jeff Goldblum, who spoke to Entertainment Tonight

“They gave us 109 pages. They invested all their heart and soul, and a lot of money, into making sure that we’re safe. I won’t bore you with the details, but we’re all going to be quarantined in a kind of a bubble, all the crew and all the cast. And testing and everything. We know it’s a risky time, but we feel it’s good.” 

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Here’s the list of Universal measures, compiled by Slash Film, which documents the ways in which Universal is exceeding the standards required by the U.K government:

  • The commission of a private medical facility called Your Doctor to manage the entire production’s medical requirements. This will include Covid-19, fever and antibody testing but they will also review all hand sanitizer, social distancing measures, updates to government and best practice guidelines. Your Doctor will continually update the production’s safety measures as the science and environment changes and will be available for cast consultations to review health and safety concerns.
  • The studio has commissioned Your Doctor to test all crew before they start on the production. They will then test the crew at times throughout production. The whole crew will also be antibody tested. Thousands of tests are expected to be carried out over the shoot period.
  • All crew will be temperature tested every day and not allowed on site until complete. Two walk-through temperature testing stations are being built at each end of Pinewood Studios with capacity of 1,000 crew over 2 hours. Each test station will have a complement of doctors, nurses and isolation booths. Crew will be verified that they have been tested by a bespoke RFID system that registers when a crew member has been temperature tested. Crew will also be given a paper wristband for identification by security as a fall back. Additional temperature test stations will be set up on location as required.
  • The studio is putting up around 1,800 signs across Pinewood and more on location. These will include reminders that crew numbers will be limited in various locations, the need for social distancing (six feet of separation) and one-way systems in operation.
  • The studio is rolling out a full COVID training program to be undertaken by all staff before starting. Universal will also do specific training for specialist groups (e.g. costume and makeup).
  • The studio is manufacturing 150 hand sanitizer stations to be positioned at points around Pinewood Studios. They are also putting in an extra 60 sinks. All crew members will also be given an individual hand sanitizer bottle when they start.
  • Production will double the cleaning recommendations and employ a large cleaning team who will continually clean all the touch points across the site in addition to all common areas, toilets, welfare and kitchens. They will clean with specialized antiviral sprays appropriate to the situation. In the evenings all toilets, communal areas, welfare areas, kitchens, trucks and sets will be antiviral fogged. Props, grip, SFX and camera will use specialized antistatic cleaning systems.
  • The studio is setting up a ‘Greenzone’ for the shooting cast and crew which will have an enhanced testing environment. The ‘Greenzone’ will be policed to stop any untested crew from coming in as a further measure to prevent any spread of COVID.
  • Universal will have additional security detail maintaining the temperature testing centers and a further team who will check crew are eligible to go into the protected greenzones. Security team will be trained in COVID measures to ensure that the required operations are followed.

*Note* A previously published Afterbuzz article misidentified that production was still shut down, but has now been updated to reflect the most current state of the film.  Consider us stoked for the thrilling sequel to be back on track for release!

About The Author:

Danica Creahan is a student of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University and Intern at AfterBuzz TV with a passion for story-telling and rewatching 90’s TV shows.

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