Jurassic World: Dominion Finishes Shooting After Conducting 40,000 COVID Tests
Filming on the blockbuster has finished, and it was a very different type of shoot.
One of the biggest blockbusters on the horizon, Jurassic World: Dominion, has finished filming in the UK after multiple interruptions, schedule changes, and other impacts related to COVID-19.
Deadline reported that filming finished on November 7 at Pinewood Studios in the UK. The site called the shoot "unprecedented" due to the health and safety protocols in place. In total, more than 40,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted, according to the site, while production company Universal is said to have spent "millions" on health and safety measures which involved keeping the cast and crew in a "bubble" for the duration of the shoot.
There were days we thought we might not make it. But we have...we pulled off what seemed well nigh impossible . Great crew. Lovely cast . Top director. Phew- and CELEBRATIONS. #JurassicWorldDominion #JurassicPark https://t.co/MCzIo3efxF— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) November 8, 2020
"I'm not sure I can put it into words," director Colin Trevorrow told Deadline. "It has been remarkable. Our crew and our cast has been so resilient. All producers have worked around the clock to make it the best it can be. It has been inspiring."
Deadline also had the scoop on the COVID-19 measures for Dominion. The site reported that of the 40,000 tests, around 0.25 percent came back positive--though some were false positives and some tests came back before work started again.
More from the report: "The studio set up a policed 'Greenzone' for the shooting cast and crew and all workers were temperature-tested every day. Two walk-through temperature testing stations were built at each end of Pinewood Studios with capacity of 1,000 crew over two hours, and each test station had a compliment of doctors, nurses, and isolation booths."
Deadline said the production lots had more than 1,800 pieces of signage related to COVID installed at Pinewood, while there were 150 hand sanitizer stations and 60 additional sinks available for washing hands. Off-hours cleaning was "doubled." In total, Universal is estimated to have spent as much as $8 million on these health and safety measures, on top of the film's $165 million budget.
The cast and crew stayed in a hotel, and Trevorrow said it was difficult to be away from his family. "I missed my family greatly. I was away from them for four months. But the cast in our bubble became another family," he said.
Trevorrow said he believes this tight-knit shoot will make Dominion better as a result. "Everything we were going through emotionally we would share. We would rehearse on Sundays, we crafted the characters, which made the emotion of the film richer. I think the movie will be stronger for it," he said.
While the 100 days of principal photography have ended, the movie will now enter its post-production phase. Dominion is now scheduled for release in June 2022.
Dominion brings back the main cast of the original Jurassic Park films, including Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum.
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