'Jurassic World: Dominion' Teaches Us What Safe Sets Might Look Like

Jurassic World: Dominion
Credit: Colin Trevorrow
The film will be the first major studio movie to resume filming in the UK after production was halted during the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier today, Deadline reported that Jurassic World: Dominion plans to resume filming on July 6 at Pinewood Studios.

The project was halted four weeks into a 20-week shoot when COVID-19 slammed the brakes on Hollywood production.

During the two weeks leading up to production, Universal will spend an estimated $5 million on safety protocols. The studio is cooperating with the British Film Council and unions to ensure the safety of everyone on set.

Cast and crew will be tested for COVID-19 prior to production and throughout filming, and will also receive safety training related to the virus.

Chris Pratt in 'Jurassic World'
Credit: Universal Pictures

Pinewood Studios will commission a private medical facility, Your Doctor, to be available for various medical needs, as well as onsite doctors and nurses. "Isolation booths" will be created. The sets will be regularly fogged and cleaned, especially in high-traffic and high-touch areas. Everyone will wear masks, except for talent during scenes. Hand sanitizer and extra sinks will be installed. Universal will hire additional security teams, who will also receive COVID-19 training.

A Universal production executive told Deadline, "Anyone with symptoms will be isolated immediately before being sent home. We want to make sure that we are going above and beyond the national protocols to create a safe environment. Cost isn’t our main concern now: it’s safety. We will take direction from our medical team, but we're confident that with the staggered scheduling and zones of talent and crew, along with a system of contact tracing, we can move forward with limited delay in production."

According to Deadline, Pinewood has been charging Universal to hold the studio space, which is likely one motivator for getting back on set quickly.

Jurassic World: Dominion is the third film in the Jurassic World franchise. Colin Trevorow is directing. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are starring.     

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