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All production cancelled, even lost all my scheduled post production color gigs because if no one can shoot, there's nothing for me to grade. For the first time in three decades of working, I applied for unemployment.

At some point a portion of the restrictions will be relaxed, and I wonder whether it will allow for documentary production that isn't strictly news. Will documentary filmmaking be seen as essential enough to be allowed? Will we have to shoot from at least 6 feet away and only outdoors?

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Yeah, it's a bummer man. I had 5 projects that were in the diary cancelled – then of course nothing new came in.

TBH, I think I was relatively lucky though. Not as bad as TV/sports/drama people who've had an entire spring/summer of full time work cancelled.

In terms of work starting again, I'm curious too! I've seen conversations elsewhere discussing things such as the backlog of TV dramas and soap operas etc that will suddenly spring to life... plus in the commercial and corporate world, loads of organisations will be keen to "remind the world" they exist and push new marketing drives.

On another note, I'm aware of some types of work taking place right now... including remote productions utilising NDI and remote camera control, etc.

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Yes, it will definitely be interesting to see what happens when restrictions are lifted and what the new landscape of available work looks like. As you noted, some are predicting a doubling up as postponed projects are put into production on top of things already planned, plus the pent up demand from the advertising and corporate video world. So, a lot of unknowns, but yeah, the possibility is there that we will all have abundant work eventually 🤞

 

 

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I think there will be a lot of new and exciting opportunities when we are finally able to return to production.

I think due to our nature of work many of us will have to take the first thing we can get our hands on to get cash coming back in which will hopefully open new doors for people to move around and up in their field.

But I also think we will see a further divide and preasure on budgets while people and companies are trying to keep their heads above water. 

Now is a perfect time to work on that showreel and network like crazy to get a head start.

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I think a lot of things will change with production until there is a vaccine out. That being said, some of those changes could be for the better, especially for those of use that are used to smaller crews and have experience working fast & cheap. 

Being able to adapt to this new reality will be especially important. As soon as this thing hit, I built a small shed in my backyard, moved everything in my garage to the shed, and then built a small product studio in my garage with a 10' white seamless. I've been shooting product spots for the past two weeks in there, almost nonstop. This new strategy has worked rather well for me. Product cinematography is not something that excites me a great deal, but I'm doing whatever it takes, and I'm learning a lot in the process.

But if I wasn't working, I'd be cutting a new reel, redesigning my website and doing multiple tutorials to brush up on my Resolve and After Effects skills. Best to use this down time to expand your skillset so you can open yourself up to more jobs. Learn things that can be done at home, like animation, retouching, etc.

I just hope that when this is all over, there is a middle class left with spending power and there are businesses left to market to them. That is the one thing we don't have control over. It seems like digital content and streaming services are taking off, and they will want more content. So that's a good thing. But will people have enough money to keep paying for these services?

Lots of questions out there. Lots of unknowns. The best we can do is try and better ourselves and be prepared to be as flexible as possible in the future. There are so many free tutorials out there for almost every craft imaginable. It's a great time to make use of them.

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