This Wednesday, May 6, the telephone of Michel Gomez, delegate of the Paris Cinema Film Mission rings non-stop. At the end of the line, the producers of films and series that must turn in the capital.
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"There are those like Eiffel by Martin Bourboulon with Romain Duris and Arsène Lupine , a Netflix series with Omar Sy who had to stop abruptly in mid-March," explains Monsieur Cinéma from the City of Paris. Those like Everything went well with François Ozon who was to start mid-March early April at the time of confinement. And then a third group, those who planned to come and film in the capital in May early June. These I have not yet heard from. "
If everyone is on the bridge and calls back their teams, technicians and actors, it is because the city of Paris and the Police Prefecture have announced that filming will be able to resume from the first phase of deconfinement. Either Monday, May 11. However, the conditions are draconian which will de facto limit the productions concerned. First the choice of places. Bridges and streets are permitted. However, until further notice, parks, gardens, cemeteries, the banks of the Seine, sewers, sports facilities such as stadiums and all the monuments managed by the city of Paris, such as churches, schools, museums, libraries, the Saint-Jacques Tower, the Hôtel de Lauzun and of course the Hôtel de Ville. And impossible to get away with aerial plans: flying over a drone over all these places is prohibited.
In terms of staff, the teams must be limited to 50 people, technicians and actors. It will be necessary to bring light equipment. Any installation of a barnum with trucks and boxes on the public highway is prohibited. However, it will be possible to obtain a parking permit for indoor filming in private or public places. Whether the teams are indoors, outdoors or in the studio, the barrier gestures and the rules of physical distance as described in the guide to good practices developed by the profession and validated by the Ministry of Labor.
But in the end, "what will really delay the resumption of filming in the capital are the insurance," said Michel Gomez. Producers must absolutely be protected in the event that filming is interrupted due to the virus. In the case of a second wave for example. There remains a major problem, insurers apparently do not intend to cover this risk.