The Coronavirus pandemic has forever changed the way every industry does business. For most people, they'll rather go back to the way things were, but the sooner we all embrace the changes that'll unfold, the more productive we'll be.
In the case of filmmakers in California who have been asked to resume production, this is not the time to fret over uncertainties or be anxious over how your crew will adapt to the new norm.
Instead, it's time to brace up and take the bull by its horn, which means to deal decisively with a difficult or dangerous situation. Yes, there'll be new challenges in managing your cast and crew, there will be changes in the process of production, etc. But when you consider the fact that every difficulty comes with a seed of its own solution and accept that Change is Nature, you'll be further encouraged to press forward. Sometimes having a moment of reflection on the challenges you've conquered in the past can straighten you up for what lies ahead. Your production crew will also need to make several adjustments, and as a director, highlighted below are helpful tips you can guide them through to help them sustain inspiration.
During the few months of working remotely, crew members will have settled into the work from home routine and may be reluctant to give it up. However, here's what you can do to help them adjust to the reopening:
Organize a welcome back meeting with your production crew and use the platform to encourage, motivate, and assure them of their safety while at work. Be open and sincere with your team on the likely challenges that'll unfold during production, and reiterate the vision and values of your brand to help strengthen their focus. Before the close of the meeting, remind them that despite the demands and uncertainties, together as a team, you can surmount them. That way, your crew will be motivated, ready to resume, and more importantly, they'll feel confident knowing their individual role is valuable, needed, and crucial, to combat the challenges the "New Norm" will usher in.
As a filmmaker, don't be afraid to try new things, especially after you've done thorough research. Changing times demand new strategies to production, and a brand that'll not innovate will soon go extinct. Find out what other filmmakers are doing- what new strategies are they implementing, how are they able to carry on with production? That isn't to suggest that you must replicate what they are doing, but you can if you need to. Hold on to the vision and values of your brand and keep the production process very flexible. Also, you should consider going to conferences organized for filmmakers, as such an environment is conducive for ideas and inspiration. Whether onsite or online, attend and learn as much as you can. It can give you a competitive edge.
It's often said that “tough times don't last but tough people do”. Production has started and production crews are adjusting to the "New Norm",so let's all start looking forward and taking control. Let's get to work!