LOS ANGELES (AP) Tyler Perry plans to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first national film locations to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. But as Perry seeks to restart production in July, other studios in Georgia and beyond are eagerly awaiting the green light from Hollywood.
We were leading our production partners, said Frank Patterson, president of the sprawling Pinewood Studios, located in suburban Atlanta. The studio has hosted big budget movies such as The Avengers: Endgame and Ant-Man as well as the television show The Walking Dead. “
There is not a single place in the industry that makes decisions about returning to work, he said. There are a lot of stakeholders. Worked with studio working groups and guilds, unions and associations. Just listen to everyone and make sure that when the industry decides to return to work, Pinewood Studios will be ready.
Georgia has become known as Southern Hollywood with a wave of film and television production companies and several studios that have opened in recent years. The entertainment industry closed its productions in March due to security concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. With Los Angeles County still under home stay orders and production stoppage, some are considering Georgia as a possible filming destination.
After Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said non-core state businesses could reopen in late April, Perry emerged with a strategic plan to reopen his huge 330-acre studio, which has become a production center rivaling best Hollywood people.
Perry thinks he’s ready to go ahead to Tyler Perry studios to produce his own content, like the BET Sistas and The Oval series. The Hollywood Reporter got a 30-page production protocol document to distribute, detailing the health measures of the tests performed in their hometown, traveling in a private jet organized by Perry and performing another rapid test.
Many in the industry want to see how the Perrys protocol will work. The Screen Actors Guild said in a statement that it is not certain that production will return.
At first you will feel some discomfort which will eventually be shattered by those who just want to get back to the current situation, said Kevin Hart, who has shot several projects in Atlanta, including Night School “and Jumanji”. The actor-comedian has said that he would be ready to fly from his home in Los Angeles, Georgia to film if it is a plan that we approved.
Patterson said that conversations between industry stakeholders on workplace safety protocols have been going on for almost two months, and he wouldn’t be surprised if we find a way to come back in the fall. “He said there was tremendous pressure to get the whole industry back to work, but the health of the actors and the team is the priority.
From a business perspective, if we were to jump the gun and start working, and we didn’t understand how to do it safely, it could cost everyone in the long run, “he said. declared.” It would be a bad business decision and a bad human decision. … This is why we are moving a little more cautiously and more slowly than everyone would like.
Some members of the industry workforce are willing to take a risk, while others are more cautious.
I think people are more willing to take the risk of getting sick than losing their house or falling behind on bills, said Shauna Galligan, a veteran double stuntman whose credits include Avengers: Infinity War, “Insurgent and The Walking Dead. Shes back to work next month as stunt coordinator for an independent Alabama film.
I know a lot of my friends in L.A., they take precautions, said Galligan. I do not know anyone who would not take a job right now because of this. I think everyone is ready to take this risk and return to a normal life.
Actress Wynn Everett understands collective urgency, but prefers to play it safe.
I really like the job, but my main job is my family, said Everett, who has appeared on NBCs This is Us and House of Lies. I am delighted to return when we return to work. But I know, my priority right now is my children and the safety of our family and the health of that.
With the Perrys studio, other studios in Georgia have implemented their own health and safety plans, but are waiting to see if they coincide with the rest of the industry. Perry refused a request for an interview.
Pinewood focuses on safety, limits the number of guests on the trays and uses an air purifier to stop the spread of the virus. Another production company, Swirl Films, recently installed LED screens and walls on their stages to create any type of indoor or outdoor scene.
When the time is right, studio owners say they will be ready.
Making a film is a half-full glass, “said Eric Tomosunas, owner of Swirl Films. We need to look at what we can do to fight the pandemic, without compromising creative goals, the safety of anyone or the “artistic integrity. It’s about making the right approach.”
AP Entertainment writer Gary Gerard Hamilton in New York contributed to this report.