Written by: Kelly Levine – November 10th, 2020 10:21 pm pst
This week, as coronavirus cases reach record high numbers in the United States, film and television productions have been staying committed to shooting schedules. However, the way productions have operated this year has been unprecedented in order to deal with the pandemic. In a newscycle filled with production shutdowns and gaffs, we have a rare COVID success story. This week on Pandemic Productions, we’ll take a closer look at the revolutionary making of Jurassic World: Dominion.
Jurassic World: Dominion just wrapped up its historic shoot. The third part in the newly rebooted Jurassic World trilogy, it sees the return of original cast members Laura Dern and Sam Neill, while Jeff Goldbloom comes back after appearing in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Also starring are Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as well as newcomers Mamoudou Athie and DeWanda Wise. The latter two are rumored to have pivotal roles for the future of the franchise. Even more exciting, is that Colin Trevorrow who helmed the first Jurassic World will be returning to the directors chair.
The most significant thing about the making of Jurassic World: Dominion is that it was the first major studio movie to go back into production since the pandemic began. This meant that safety precautions were of the utmost importance. The actors and crew were all required to stay in a bubble where they were only allowed to see each other and close family members. However, according to Trevorrow everyone made the best out of this difficult situation. He insisted that the newfound closeness helped the film because everyone was more immersed in the process than they ever had been.
“We lived together, ate together, told stories, shared our fears and hopes, played Frisbee on the lawn… there was a lot of laughter at a time when it has been hard to find things to laugh about,” said Trevorrow to Deadline.
Another factor in keeping the production safe was the rapid amount of COVID tests that were circulated. 40,000 COVID tests were employed throughout production with about .25% (100 crew or cast members) came back positive. These were either false positives or the sick crew member in question was sent back home in a safe manner. Adding on to these measures, cast and crew and all workers were temperature-tested every day. There were also a variety of COVID safety signs, 150 hand sanitizer stations and 60 extra sinks. Cleaning crew shifts were also doubled on both morning and nights. All of these precautions were estimated to cost the studio six to eight million dollars. We will be able to see the fruits of all this labour when Jurassic World: Dominion releases in June 2022.
About The Author:
Kelly Levine is a screenwriting student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. She hopes to one day pursue a career in television writing and production. Kelly loves television, movies, and all things nerdy in pop culture!
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