“We spared no expense”, Richard Attenborough famously said when he launched the dinosaur zoo in Jurassic Park.
And it looks like Universal Pictures, the studio behind the franchise, is doing the same to ensure that everything goes smoothly — and safely — when Jurassic World: Dominion continues production next month in the UK, making it the first major studio movie to restart filming proper there.
According to Deadline, work on Dominion — to be helmed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard — is slated to resume in the week of July 6 at Pinewood Studios; it was four weeks into a 20-week shoot before it was shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The studio, working closely with the UK’s British Film Council and US unions, is reportedly spending US$5 million (S$7 mil) — that’s the budget of a typical Blumhouse thriller — on safety measures. At time of writing, the threequel is scheduled to open on Jun 21, 2021.
As per the Deadline report, here are some of safety protocols for Jurassic World: Dominion...
1. The commission of a private medical facility called Your Doctor to manage the entire production’s medical requirements. This will include COVID-19, fever and antibody testing but they will also review all hand sanitiser, social distancing measures, updates to government and best practice guidelines. Your Doctor will continually update the production’s safety measures as the science and environment changes and will be available for cast consultations to review health and safety concerns.
2. The studio has commissioned Your Doctor to test all crew before they start on the production. They will then test the crew at times throughout production. The whole crew will also be antibody tested. Thousands of tests are expected to be carried out over the shoot period.
3. All crew will be temperature tested every day and not allowed on site until complete. Two walk-through temperature testing stations are being built at each end of Pinewood Studios with capacity of 1,000 crew over 2 hours. Each test station will have a compliment of doctors, nurses and isolation booths. Crew will be verified that they have been tested by a bespoke RFID system that registers when a crew member has been temperature tested. Crew will also be given a paper wristband for identification by security as a fall back. Additional temperature test stations will be set up on location as required.
4. The studio is putting up around 1,800 signs across Pinewood and more on location. These will include reminders that crew numbers will be limited in various locations, the need for social distancing (six feet — about 1.8m — of separation) and one-way systems in operation.
5. The studio is rolling out a full COVID training program to be undertaken by all staff before starting. Universal will also do specific training for specialist groups (e.g. costume and makeup).
6. The studio is manufacturing 150 hand sanitiser stations to be positioned at points around Pinewood Studios. They are also putting in an extra 60 sinks. All crew members will also be given an individual hand sanitiser bottle when they start.
7. Production will double the cleaning recommendations and employ a large cleaning team who will continually clean all the touch points across the site in addition to all common areas, toilets, welfare and kitchens. They will clean with specialized antiviral sprays appropriate to the situation. In the evenings all toilets, communal areas, welfare areas, kitchens, trucks and sets will be antiviral fogged. Props, grip, SFX and camera will use specialized antistatic cleaning systems.
8. The studio is setting up a ‘Greenzone’ for the shooting cast and crew which will have an enhanced testing environment. The ‘Greenzone’ will be policed to stop any untested crew from coming in as a further measure to prevent any spread of COVID.
9. Universal will have additional security detail maintaining the temperature testing centers and a further team who will check crew are eligible to go into the protected greenzones. Security team will be trained in COVID measures to ensure that the required operations are followed.
Are these measures the new standard practice for the other movies waiting to continue filming?