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Posted: 12/26/20 at 8:07pm

I was just curious what cities had the most filming going on during Covid and if more filming is being done in Canada?I am noticing more Canadian actors featured in projects. Perhaps some of you who work in those mediums would know.

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Posted: 12/27/20 at 1:14pm
I don’t work in the film industry. But, I do know that there are some American shows that do, in fact, film in Canada.

I’m not sure, to be honest, what is happening with the shows that film there. Due to COVID, the United States/ Canadian boarder is still closed.
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Posted: 12/27/20 at 1:51pm

The Handmaids Tale recently went back into production in Canada. So, perhaps they are letting productions film there under strict guidelines.

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Posted: 12/27/20 at 4:23pm
A lot of stuff - I think - is filming in Atlanta. I know RuPaul’s drag race supposedly moved production to Atlanta to film.
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Posted: 12/27/20 at 5:44pm

Call_me_jorge said: "The Handmaids Tale recently went back into production in Canada. So, perhaps they are letting productions film there under strict guidelines."

I don’t think so. In sports, there are teams in American leagues that are in Canada. For example, in basketball there’s only one NBA team in Canada, the Toronto Raptors. They were forced to relocate for this season to Tampa so they could compete. In soccer, the two Canadian teams in America’s Major League Soccer had to relocate from Montreal and Toronto to be able to play this past season. Hockey this year is a little different. There are a good number of NHL teams in Canada, last I read they are allowing the Canadian based teams to only play one another.

 

I guess the point that I’m trying to make is that I can’t see them having boarder restrictions for sports. And yet, not implementing them for tv. 

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Posted: 12/27/20 at 9:38pm

The issue with sports would be that the teams, in theory, are constantly on the move. So implementing any sort of border crossing quarantine protocol would be much harder. With TV and film production it's possible to build in quarantine times into the scheduling. Not that I'm speaking as to whether Canada has or has not made allowances for actors, but it's not nearly as daunting a task as doing it for sports teams would be.

Did you know that every day Mexican gays cross our borders and unplug our brain-dead ladies?
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Posted: 12/27/20 at 9:39pm

And I don't know about the most, but SVU has certainly been busy the last couple of months or so. I feel like I see a shooting notice on one street or another around my neighborhood at least every other week, if not more often.

Did you know that every day Mexican gays cross our borders and unplug our brain-dead ladies?
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Posted: 12/27/20 at 10:02pm
There seems to be a different show filming every week again on my block in midtown.
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Posted: 12/28/20 at 10:24am

AEA AGMA SM said: "The issue with sports would be that the teams, in theory, are constantly on the move. So implementing any sort of border crossing quarantine protocol would be much harder. With TV and film production it's possible to build in quarantine times into the scheduling. Not that I'm speaking as to whether Canada has or has not made allowances for actors, but it's not nearly as daunting a task as doing it for sports teams would be."

I understand where you’re coming from. However, be it sports or tv productions, it’s all moot. I looked into Canada’s boarder policy. They review it monthly, and make a decision to see if it is safe to open the boarder. As it stands, in November they made the decision to keep it closed for December. Since they have kept the boarder closed since around March, I don’t see them opening it anytime soon. The only people who are allowed entry are essential workers. 

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Posted: 12/28/20 at 10:48am

This Instagram post is where I’m getting my information on Handmaids Tale. So, again. I’m pretty sure Canada is letting TV and Film productions resume under strict guidelines.

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Posted: 12/28/20 at 12:20pm

Things are most certainly filming in Canada.  There is a 2 week quarantine in effect when entering the country.  Almost anyone can get in if they fly from the US.  The land/road borders are generally closed to non-essential workers.  Each province has different Covid rules and restrictions (similar to how each state would).  Ontario just went into a higher level of lockdown and a major change that will affect the film industry is a 10 performer limit on set.  That will be in place until mid/late January, when it may or may not be extended.  This will have a major effect on filming over then next few weeks.  Otherwise it has pretty much been business as usual in the industry since July (PPE and testing aside!).

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Posted: 12/28/20 at 1:43pm

Major production is definitely   going forward in TO. My Niece just finished 6 weeks as a background performer in a Del Toro film. Every one was tested weekly . In order to reduce the background exposure by going to work on other shows, he hired them for the full 6 weeks even if he didn't use them every day. Social distancing ,mandatory masks when not actually on the shooting set.

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Posted: 12/28/20 at 9:58pm

Thanks for the interesting contributions. I think after I started the thread the article on Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible came out. TV production probably started up everywhere around the same time using the same testing protocols. Tom was worried about insurance issues.

I think tv and streaming services have used some Canadian series like Transplant to fill voids in programming so perhaps that is why I was noticing more Canadian actors.