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Back to Work: New Zealand Resumes Production Despite Minor COVID Resurgence

August 14, 2020 | By
Back to Work: New Zealand Resumes Production Despite Minor COVID Resurgence

Yesterday, I wrote a piece about how someone testing positive for COVID-19 could affect a production, but we haven’t really seen how a COVID outbreak in a particular area where production has resumed might affect that show until now. A new Variety story has gone into some depth on how New Zealand reopened for international productions... »

Back To Work: What Happens When Someone Tests Positive for COVID?

August 13, 2020 | By
Back To Work: What Happens When Someone Tests Positive for COVID?

I’ve written a few columns now about shows resuming production, but a question that keeps coming up and will keep coming up is, “What happens if someone tests positive?” Some might assume that it means a production has to shut down again immediately, but that’s not necessarily true. Since last week, there have been some... »

Back to Work: Deon Taylor, Jurassic World Find New Ways Into Pandemic Production

August 11, 2020 | By
Back to Work: Deon Taylor, <em>Jurassic World</em> Find New Ways Into Pandemic Production

Over the weekend, NBC News published an enlightening piece on how shows are starting to get back into production with a few tales from two of the productions that have stepped forward as pioneers in the effort. Filmmaker Deon Taylor (The Intruder) wrote a script for a movie called Don’t Fear, which takes place... »

Back to Work: TV Production Resumes in Some Cities

August 6, 2020 | By
Back to Work: TV Production Resumes in Some Cities

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown quite a lofty wrench into the normal cycle of TV production, as many fall shows that would have been in production from sometime in June haven’t even begun yet. According to a Deadline story, this might change this month and next, but so many questions still remain. CBS‘ S.W.A.T. is... »

Back to Work: Can Tyler Perry’s Camp Quarantine Be a Gamechanger?

August 4, 2020 | By
Back to Work: Can Tyler Perry’s Camp Quarantine Be a Gamechanger?

My name is Edward Douglas, and I’m the new Associate Editor here at Below the Line, so you’ve probably been seeing my name pop up around the site over the past week. Here at Below the Line, we’re dedicated to everyone working in film and television production, and right now, we’re hoping to offer regular news... »

The Academy Invites 819 Artists & Executives To Membership

July 1, 2020 | By
The Academy Invites 819 Artists & Executives To Membership

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  The 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries. There are 75 Oscar nominees, including... »

IATSE Offers Legal Support To MPC Vancouver Workers

December 14, 2019 | By
IATSE Offers Legal Support To MPC Vancouver Workers

MPC Vancouver, a visual effects company, closed its doors permanently on December 11. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Art Babbitt Appreciation Society (ABAS) has offered free legal support to workers from MPC Vancouver who were laid off just weeks before Christmas. Depending on the nature of the layoffs and... »

FilmLA: 2019 Television Report

October 26, 2019 | By
FilmLA: 2019 Television Report

Prepared by its research division, FilmLA has released a new report that offers an overview of the current production landscape for U.S. based television series and TV projects. The report also assesses some of the trends shaping series production across broadcast, cable and digital networks. During the 2018-19 development cycle, a total of 465... »

FilmLA: On-Location Production Falls In Third Quarter

October 25, 2019 | By
FilmLA: On-Location Production Falls In Third Quarter

According to new data recently published by FilmLA, the overall on-location filming in Greater Los Angeles has declined 5.2 percent from July through September. A total of 9,226 Shoot Days (SD) were logged during that period. While the third quarter of 2018 saw local filming attain near-record highs, the same period this year delivered... »

newportFILM: Documentary Cinematography Lab

October 11, 2019 | By
newportFILM: Documentary Cinematography Lab

Yesterday, newportFILM announced a new program to provide support and mentorship to documentary cinematographers. The newportFILM lab, developed in consultation with Sean Flynn, Co-Founder and Program Director at Points North Institute, will host seven emerging filmmakers for a weekend retreat. Offering master classes on cinematography, the retreat will be held October 18-20, 2019. Shana... »

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