With baseball, they turned it on again but there was already some a fairly large epidemic. Could Hollywood face the same risk?
SODERBERGH Having spent much of the weekend watching baseball very happily, I wasn’t happy with the Marlins, but I think it’s a much more difficult situation than what we are facing due to the nature of the game and the fact that they all travel. at the place. We have the ability on a project to control how we move, where we move, how many people are with us – it’s something that can be manipulated to keep people safe.
I think if we can withstand the economic overload that will come with the security of a project – which in my opinion represents between 15 and 20% of the budget, depending on the project – and if we can scale that up fairly quickly , so i know we can keep people safe. If you are following these protocols that we are about to complete, I am quite confident in saying that you are not going to get sick on the job. If you got sick on one of our projects, it was during the 12-14 hours that I didn’t have you and couldn’t control your behavior. That’s gonna be the thing, it’s all that downtime when you don’t know what people are doing.
But what if people make get sick during this downtime and then come to bed?
SODERBERGH Look, this is complex, but Joel Coen is filming “Macbeth” in LA right now, and there is a member of the team who was [keeping] a fairly detailed log. And it seems to work! They use the rapid test, which isn’t as accurate as the full nasal PCR test, but they make up for that by testing a lot, eight times per five-day work week. It’s a good approach.
Amy, is the supplement Steven mentioned going to limit the number of independent films that can be shot next year?
SEIMETZ I think there will be a conversation with the unions to lighten some of the crew mandates, because you can’t really run with a bigger team when you don’t have enough budget for these protocols. When chatting with other filmmakers, they think about small teams and small actors and shoot outdoors, so there are ways to do that. With “She Dies Tomorrow”, the [Directors Guild] was very gracious in allowing me to have a reduced crew of around six – we were pretty much following protocol [long before there was a] protocol.
And the biggest movies? How will “Kill Switch” change when you resume filming?
SODERBERGH I’ll tell you in eight weeks. A lot of it is abstract until you get on set and actually see how it works, and I intend to be very public in my experience of making this movie in order to educate people. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot, and I’m sure a lot of the assumptions we make will need to be adjusted. It’s a living thing, and it’s going to have to evolve, but how it won’t be clear until we’re here.