Odisha Govt Allows Film, TV Shooting To Resume With 30% Crew

Bhubaneswar: The cameras will start rolling after more than three months, with the state government giving a nod to allow shooting of films and entertainment shows.

The Special Relief Commissioner had recently released standard operating procedures (SOPs) for indoor and outdoor shooting of films, television, and Over the top (OTT) shows, reported The New Indian Express (TNIE).

Here are the new guidelines for filmmakers or producers:

  • Only 30 percent of the crew, excluding the main cast, will be allowed to work on the shooting sets.
  • All staff members will have to carry an identification card while traveling to shoot.
  • Producers have to ensure that the shooting site has at least three washrooms or toilets, which need to be sanitized every hour.
  • Each shooting unit will have to maintain data about the comorbid conditions of the cast and crew members.
  • All cases of influenza-like illness, respiratory problems, fever, and cough have to be reported to the nearest local administration authority or the Collector.
  • Pregnant artistes or employees will not be allowed to enter the sets.
  • A male employee, whose spouse is pregnant, will also not be allowed to shoot at the set.
  • Cast or crew members above the age of 65 are not allowed to shoot.
  • Virtual casting and hosting auditions
  • For scenes depicting families, members of real-life families will be encouraged to enact the roles to reduce the chance of transmission in the community.
  • Reduced involvement of junior artistes.
  • Hair and make-up for secondary and back up actors avoidable.
  • Permission from District Collectors or Municipal Commissioner for outdoor shootings.
  • Both outdoor and indoor shootings banned in containment zones until further orders
  • Elimination of handshakes, hugs, and kisses on the sets.

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