Earlier this week, the Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) and the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) had sought permission from the Tamil Nadu government to allow them to carry out post-production works of movies. On Friday, the government gave its nod and informed that post-production works can begin from May 11.
RK Selvamani, president of FEFSI, says, “We expect around 200-250 employees to start working from May 11.”
A few film teams have already started planning for the resumption of work. Shakti Soundar Rajan, director of Teddy, says, “I’m currently in my village, and will be returning to Chennai only after the lockdown ends. But VFX, dubbing and re-recording work of our project will kick off from May 11. I’ll be coordinating through video calls. For VFX work, a few technicians will be working from their homes in addition to those working in the studio.”
The team of Raai Laxmi’s Mirugaa took to social media to thank the government for its decision. Naresh Jain, creative producer of the movie, says, “We are done with all our work except for the sound mixing. Our original plan was to release the film by April end or early May. We will now start work on May 11 and intend to complete the film in the next five days.”
FEFSI’S GUIDELINES TO ITS MEMBERS
- Every individual should use sanitisers and masks.
- Every studio should be disinfected twice, once in the morning and once in the evening.
- After every dubbing session, mics should be disinfected.
- If a dubbing session involves more than one person, every artiste should be offered a mike and they should be made to stand 5-10ft apart from each other.
- Those involved in VFX work should be made to sit in alternate seats.
- Producers should prefer hiring bigger studios so that safety guidelines can be implemented.