Hollywood takes steps in film shoots amid new normal due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) – A top Hollywood film producer has bared that fellow filmmakers are now discussing safety guidelines in film shoots amid the new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SK Global Entertainment President and Chief Executive Officer John Penotti said they are carefully crafting the safety measures to ensure the health and wellness of the actors and film crew in the new normal.

“There is tremendous anxiousness to get back to work. Lots of creativities are going on to assure that we can get back to work as quickly as possible but as safely as possible,” said Penotti in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Penotti also shared they may institute some changes in filming scenes that require a lot of physical contact, such as presence of most essential crew in the scene’s shooting and installation of safety and wellness units in sets.

“That will require temperature taking, tremendous amount of disinfecting, and distancing,” he explained.

Penotti clarified the reduction of film crew in shooting film scenes does not mean they will decrease the overall production cast.

The film producer mentioned that to lessen physical contact in some scenes, they may rely more on special effects and computer graphics.

“I don’t believe you will see a diminishing production value,” said Penotti.

Most Hollywood films due for showing at present have moved their release dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The list of movies include the James Bond thriller ‘No Time to Die,’ comic book adaptations ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ and ‘Black Widow,’ the Disney live adaptation of ‘Mulan,’ and the sequels to the Fast and Furious and A Quiet Place film franchises.

Meanwhile, Penotti, who is the producer of the film adaptation of the book ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ has bared to CNN Philippines they are now developing its sequel and will start shooting next year.

Penotti also promised that a Filipino will again be part of the cast of the sequel entitled ‘China Rich Girlfriend.’

“No spoilers but absolutely our intention is as inclusive as possible,” he said.

Filipino-American actor Nico Santos and actress Kris Aquino had supporting roles in Crazy Rich Asians, released in 2018.