DURBAN – World renowned movie director and producer Michael Bay, is poised to begin production on the first movie to be shot in Los Angeles, since the Covid-19 lockdown has begun.
Although many of the TV and film companies have been forced to shut down due to Covid-19 regulations being imposed, the Transformers director has found a way around those rules by making a thriller set in the time of a pandemic.
Together with former president of Paramount Pictures, Adam Goodman, the team is set to produce a movie called “songbird”.
The outlet describes the film as a taut thriller similar to “Paranormal Activity” and “Cloverfield” that takes place two years in the future. The pandemic is still around after lockdowns have been rolled back and subsequently reinstated as the virus continues to mutate. It promises to tackle everything from governmental conspiracies to public paranoia.
Directed and written by Adam Mason, the film will be the first to go into production in LA since new guidelines were put in place.
Given the fact that traditional film shoots are currently out of the question, reports state that filmmakers are offering remote training for the actors and taking precautions to ensure that no one comes face-to-face while filming.
Scenes will only be shot after the crew comes and preps the ground beforehand. Due to the characters being in lockdown, there won’t be many scenes that require crew.
Because of the rigorous planning that has gone into the production to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed, the associations representing both on and off-camera workers have reportedly given “Songbird” a green light.
Like many other industries that have taken a knock due to the coronavirus, Bay’s new film may sound like a unique way to shoot a movie and this may be the first of a growing trend as the industry seeks to reopen safely.
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