The pandemic-inspired indie has started production with self-isolating actors capturing their performances via Zoom.
Director Jaclyn Bethany hasn’t let coronavirus quarantine orders and strict on-set safety protocols get in the way of the start of production on her third movie, Before the World Set on Fire, toplined by Brooke Bloom and Minyan star Samuel Levine.
The pandemic-inspired drama — set in a fictional Northeastern U.S. college where everyone is self-isolating — began rehearsals and production this week without a big crew, cameras, sound or major sets. “The campus is experiencing a quarantine that is parallel to what we’ve experienced worldwide,” Bethany tells The Hollywood Reporter.
So the first stage of production is taking place remotely, with the cast recording their own performances via Zoom. “We have a director of photography and production designer consulting with the actors on their spaces. So the cast has a lot of power and responsibility in this way, and they have to be very committed,” Bethany adds.