When a TV series is shooting during a pandemic, it is more important than ever that the drama take place in front of the camera, and not behind it.
That dynamic is felt during the filming of the fourth season of the CBC legal drama Burden of Truth, which has been discreetly underway since the beginning of September, mostly in and around Selkirk, 35 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
In this season, hotshot lawyer Joanna Chang (Kristin Kreuk) and her partner Billy (Peter Mooney) must do battle when a mining company reopens a dormant mine outside Millwood, threatening a local woman’s home with certain destruction.
The show is proceeding with extraordinary measures, including sanitizing protocols and physical distancing, a difficult trick in the often messy realm of film production. It also means cutting back on unnecessary risks, including employing too many extras — or inviting press to the set. (The interviews for this story were conducted via email.)
Tensions notwithstanding, it feels like a relief to be back, says the show’s executive producer Kyle Irving, partner of the show’s Winnipeg-based production company Eagle Vision.
“It feels like moving from one phase of COVID life to another,” Irving says, adding the last six months have been spent in reaction and planning mode.