This article was published by Business Matters magazine on October 8th, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on the global film industry, with cinemas being closed, film festivals being cancelled, and production being interrupted for months.
Sebastian Sauerborn, Executive Producer at London-based production company Alamo Pictures, explains that everything that is in the back end of the filmmaking industry, such as distribution, production and media, was also stopped.
With the recent news that Cineworld is shutting down UK screens after the Bond film delay, which is terrible for many communities and for those who will lose their jobs, we take a look at how the past few months affected the whole sector from one end to another while discussing the impact it had on the people from the creative industry and what the future beholds.
The film industry is dominated by freelancers, and as projects were paused all around the globe, a lot of them fell through the cracks, not being able to opt for the government support, or not being paid if their projects were not financed. Additionally, we have to take into consideration that these people working in this creative industry are not motivated purely by money, but they are following their passion and are doing this with great conviction. So not being able to work anymore and being surrounded by uncertainty affected primarily their mental health.
As we come out of lockdown, we can observe that projects are starting to come back to life, and although it is not going to be easy after almost six months of insecurity, standing by and starting to make a living doing any other job, we are expecting that freelancers will be able to get back on track with the same drive as before.