The onset of Covid-19, or the coronavirus, has disrupted film production and has forced cinemas to close worldwide. Fortunately, most production has resumed, with some countries even adopting remote-work protocols. But even before COVID-19, the movie industry had already undergone a significant transformation. This disruption has only accelerated that process. Here are some tips for filmmakers in the movie industry to cope with these tough times.
Cleopatra, which cost $44 million, struggled to recoup its budget. The film, a lavish musical adaptation of the Hugh Lofting books about the famous Egyptian queen, was plagued by a string of production problems. Its star Rex Harrison was difficult to work with, and there were several problems during filming. Additional problems included wayward animals, bad weather, and poorly chosen locations. The film’s production budget was nearly half its original.