Baltasar Kormakur, the Icelandic director best known in the United States for “Everest” and “Contraband,” turned to a colour-coded arm band system to get his Netflix sci-fi series “Katla” back into production in Reykjavik after the coronavirus shut it down in mid-March.
Producer Lucas Foster made the difficult — and expensive — decision to isolate his entire cast and crew in a small town in Australia to make a reimagined horror film based on the Stephen King short story “Children of the Corn.”
The two filmmakers are among the few who have found their way back into production amid a pandemic. Armed with expansive medical staffs, stringent protocols and imposing security guards willing to yell “Two meters!” whenever anyone gets too close, Kormakur and Foster are the unlikely trailblazers at the dawn of a new era in film.
Everyone wants to know how they did it. In lengthy phone interviews, the two explained the steps they took to get cameras rolling again.