No sound, no rolling, no camera and, of course, no action!
The entertainment industry and the entire universe around it have come to a standstill. Never in history had the entertainment industry witnessed such desolation that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it go through.
Be it Hollywood or Bollywood, even if we take a conservative estimate the loss will be in billions of dollars. Call it the beginning of a dark era or end of the glorious movie-making era, coronavirus’ impact is unprecedented.
The world crisis is a crippling blow for the industry and one can’t be certain about the time it will take to recover and function in full swing.
To understand the implications, changes, major issues, work from home, financial management and more about the entertainment industry.
“As we are still struggling with the pandemic, this has put the release of major movies both in the East and the West to a halt. No one saw this coming. The production work, shooting schedules, final post-production work has gone haywire. It’s even worse because of the shooting dates one had with big-ticket stars. It’s a nightmare! The epidemic has spread its claws throughout the entertainment industry, putting big banners, producers, and small production houses in a spot.
In case you thought the hit was difficult just for small players, the big studios are no exception either. Considering the amount of money they have put in extravagance sets, costumes and others, there is a lot at stake
Having been associated with television, Hollywood, music, social media, real estate, food and beverage sector, “Just like any other business, the smooth functioning of the entertainment industry came to a standstill.
No one was prepared for this. The catastrophe pushed promotions, launch, released dates of movies and shows which were all set to hit the screen. Movies like No Time to Die, A Quiet Place 2, Fast and Furious 9, Black Widow,
“Because theatrical releases are not possible, major movies will either have their release dates delayed or go directly to streaming services. In fact, it is already happening. This will have major ramifications for movie theaters, marketing agencies and studios. Re-budgeting for marketing, loss of ticket sales, concessions, the fallout of collaborations, etc., will occur.
Coping with the crisis
Many entertainment industry are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 by looking into the recently enacted stimulus package and bringing the insurance policies in play as well.
“Studios and production companies will look into raising additional capital by accessing the benefits of the stimulus package. This includes loans and tax benefits. For actors, directors, some studios, and production companies are fulfilling payments from partially completed productions. For technical workers, many production companies are setting funds aside to supplement government payments. For exhibitors who have closed 100 per cent of their screens, they will avail the stimulus package as well. The need for social distancing prevents theaters from being used to show movies or any other purpose.
Work & money management
Money and productive working at the moment are vital. Survival is the key. To attain that financial and work discipline is essential. No matter what’s your role in the entertainment industry here are few tips by the producer himself.
Conserving cash and reducing expenses is a must
Use technology – Have video calls and discuss the script, technical developments and business plans
Communication is the key and update on your daily project development. Make groups, have Web conferences and discuss
Don’t worry about losing a project; other opportunities will present themselves as we work through the crisis
Having to furlough employees is never easy. But be there to assist them in obtaining better government benefits and accessing other industry funding for support. Don’t leave them to dry
What movie industry feared is finally happening
Coronavirus has changed the way we consume entertainment. Staying locked at home has made us so glued to our television screens that there has been a great rise in the viewership of online streaming.
“It wouldn’t be wrong to say that online platforms have seen a huge surge and it isn’t going anywhere.
The end or new start?
The movie industry will take time but gradually recover once the country begins to open. However, reoccurrence or spike of new cases will take us to a new phase that could delay the recovery of the industry.
The stars, makers, producers, technicians patiently wait for this ordeal to end and give everyone a relief. “The biggies are stuck, the independent filmmakers are struggling, and the less fortunate workers who depended on daily wages are finding it difficult to even feed their families. The road is surely uncertain,” he said.