I have to admit, when people said Hollywood was going to return to production, I got really worried about some of our elderly directors. These are people I consider to be national treasures, artists who have made their way to the top of the game and endlessly impressed audiences everywhere.
So when I think about them going to set...I want to know they're safe.
Thankfully, it seems like Martin Scorsese is taking every COVID precaution while making Killers of the Flower Moon.
Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto is by Scorsese's side—well, 6 feet away—working with him on the project. Thankfully, Prieto already has experience shooting during COVID. He recently shot the new Taylor Swift music video.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Prieto said, “Being one of the first shoots to happen, if, God forbid, someone got sick, that would be bad for the whole industry. Let alone, of course, getting sick. But suddenly it’s like, ‘Okay, now we have to shut down filming.’ So that was another thing we all talked about. We’ve got to make sure that we all adhere to all these policies.”
It's funny to think that shooting Taylor Swift was great prep for working with Scorsese, but in these trying times, we need a laugh.
The movie's logline is "Set in 1920s Oklahoma, where the Osage Indians were granted revenue rights to oil discovered under their lands that was harvested by oil companies. Suddenly, they began to get murdered as did those trying to investigate. It came down to the newly created Bureau of Investigation, to overcome the corrupting influences from oil money and politics to solve the murder mystery, one that would bring the FBI to prominence."
Prieto also opened up about how Killers is going, saying “Certainly, that movie will be very delicate too because, well, even Martin Scorsese as a director, he has asthma. So we have to be very careful with him. That’s the kind of thing that I learned in the video that I think I will keep on applying, especially in a film like that. We don’t want De Niro or anybody to touch anything right now.”
That not only sounds incredibly hard to do but the new DGA guidelines for how to shoot a feature film should hopefully keep everyone participating safely.
My thoughts, prayers, and hopes are with everyone going back to work now.
Let's take care of each other, people.