The return to filming in the countries that started to release the opening of the studios is being marked by a whole new configuration of the film sets, after all, despite the control in some places, the pandemic is not over yet, and many films bring people from different places, or they need trips for the recordings. Quarantine measures before filming, distance, hygiene, protective equipment. Reduction of simultaneous teams on the set and even suspension of the use of paper, whenever possible. These are some of the demands that are now part of the daily lives of filmmakers.
In addition, according to information released by the New York Post, a new document was produced by the commercial association of film publishers that contains highlights for the steps that studios should take to prevent COVID-19 infections. There is an excerpt dedicated exclusively to the recording of sex scenes, indicating that, particularly in these cases, teams are advised to rewrite, abandon or replace the scenes with computer graphics.
Porn cinema, although it has much smaller teams than the great Hollywood productions, presupposes contact between the actors. The newspaper also has a statement about it, issued by Mike Stabile, representative of the Free Speech Coalition, a trade association in the adult entertainment industry. “The challenges of sports, Hollywood and the porn industry are all different,” he said. “But in reality, we have things that we can learn from each other. This is obviously a different type of virus, this is a different type of threat, but we understand, in general, how it works and what we need to do to protect ourselves.”
A few days ago, Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California, where Hollywood is located, allowed recordings to resume from June 12. The full statement from the Governor’s office includes a short excerpt with recommendations for the pandemic situation:
To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, productions, casts, teams and other industry workers must respect the safety protocols agreed by the work and management, which can be improved by the county public health officials. Back-office staff and management must follow the Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.