Filmmaking in time of pandemic
Laura Brookes - Jul 13, 2020 - Biz Releases

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Reel One Entertainment crew members are on site in downtown Kelowna Monday as they head into the final days of filming for the upcoming movie ‘Love and Romance Oregon.’

Crews will film at Karat Chocolate and Pastry Boutique on Monday, and on Tuesday will return to a Casorso Road farm location before wrapping up filming on Wednesday.

The romantic comedy is set to be completed within the next three months, but has been considerably slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Line producer Ingo Lou says they’re constantly adapting safety and hygiene practices on set to ensure they are able to continue with production in the COVID-19 era.

“Making movies is difficult enough on the best of days. You add a pandemic to it all and we need to change how we work.

“The biggest change is of course you see everybody wearing masks, but in addition everybody in the mornings they go through a check point where everyone gets a temperature taken, health declaration for COVID-19 … in addition we have safety meetings a couple of times a day from our assistant director who assesses all the risks, talks to all of the crew, the cast, makes sure everyone has a good plan for that.”

Lou says they have also established a new department called the COVID-19 sterile technician, ensuring there are staff responsible for sterilizing everything on set multiple times a day.

In addition to ‘Love and Romance Oregon,’ the company has another eight TV films scheduled to be produced in Kelowna by the end of 2020.

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