During these challenging times, we are here to help you with finishing your production in case of unforeseen complications. Here are a few helpful tips (time of this writing is March 24th, please keep in mind that the circumstance is subject to change).
- As of now, there is no quarantine in motion in Japan. That means, production crews based in Japan are free to travel and work.
- When you enter Japan coming from another country, you are encouraged to go through a 14-day quarantine before you interact with public places and crowds. There is, however, no law forcing you to do so, it is a government recommendation.
- Many countries have shut down their international flights, so flying into Japan is currently much more difficult than usual.
- During this time, hotels, accommodations & studio spaces are available at discount rates.
- The Tokyo governor has recently encouraged people to limit the amount of socializing to minimize exposure to virus threat. For production industry, that means smaller teams are highly recommended.
- For local Tokyo based crews, it is actually an amazing time to take stock footage of famous landmarks with no crowds in them.
- Most big events for the near future have been cancelled or put off.
- Many companies based in Japan do not accept in-person meetings at their offices. Online conferencing is highly encouraged.
- Although Japan’s exposure to the Corona virus is currently lower than other countries, it is highly speculated that the numbers are low because of the insufficient testing. Although this is just speculation, many people think that a city lockdown of Tokyo is a possible scenario in the near future.
- … and yes, it is very likely the Olympics will not happen in July. (edit: on March 25th it was announced that the Tokyo Olympics would be moved to 2021)
If you are struggling because of the pandemic messing up your production schedule and need a local crew to take over, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.