Independent filmmaking and streaming is experiencing a boost because of the pandemic.
Lessons learned during the pandemic will impact how movies are made in the future. The short term solution has been to shoot outside of the U.S. where restrictions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic are lower in places like Bulgaria, Australia and Germany. Producers are learning to look further afield, and the lessons learned today will carry forward into the future.
Insurance is also an issue, because without insurance, you can’t get financing. When a production can’t find insurance to shoot in the U.S., they move abroad. The U.K., Germany, Austria and Canada created state-backed funds as a temporary measure.
Producing during the novel coronavirus has meant finding ways to create for example the illusion of crowded rooms using camera tricks and specially designed sets, including forced perspective, and acrylic shields between cast and extras.
Because so many viewers are now watching movies in lockdown, it put a strain on communication companies and governments to keep bandwidth moving. Netflix reduced streaming quality to meet the demand.