How Coronavirus Has Animated One Section of the Film Industry
Fans of US drama The Blacklist may have been surprised to find graphic animation interspersed among the live action scenes in the season finale on Friday, after producers turned to special effects to get the episode on air after the coronavirus lockdown halted filming.
As the TV and film industry agrees coronavirus safety measures to safely restart shooting mothballed shows and films in the UK – from Line of Duty to The Batman – the animation and special effects industry has remained at full capacity with surging demand.
Unlike their live action counterparts, animators can work in isolation. It is common for animators and special effects staff to work in groups remotely around the world. This allows them to avoid the coronavirus concerns affecting live shoots, such as how to maintain physical distancing. Such an advantage makes animation work an alternative for schedulers and audiences as broadcasters and multiplexes scramble for fresh content.
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