The third film in the Jurassic World series, and the sixth Jurassic Park film overall, Jurassic World: Dominion, wrapped its shoot on Saturday morning at Pinewood Studios after originally beginning pre-production 18 months ago.
Having started production in the world prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Jurassic World: Dominion’s production is being noted as an unprecedented feat after, per Deadline, “40,000 COVID tests, millions of dollars spent on protocols,” and the cast and key crew isolating “in a bubble for months.”
Director Colin Trevorrow remarked, regarding the wrap, that “there are a lot of emotions.”
“I’m not sure I can put it into words,” Trevorrow added. “It has been remarkable. Our crew and our cast has been so resilient. All producers have worked around the clock to make it the best it can be. It has been inspiring.”
Dominion, as the first major studio film to go back into production after the pandemic shut everything down, is notable for using a private medical facility called Your Doctor to “manage the entire production’s medical requirements” along with a “policed ‘Greenzone’ for the shooting cast and crew and all workers were temperature-tested every day” and “two walk-through temperature testing stations.”
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It’s said the studio spent $6 to 8 million on all the COVID safety protocols, including smaller amenities such as information signs, hand sanitizer stations, and extra sinks.
“I’ve never been as immersed in a filmmaking process,” Trevorrow continued. “Because of the protocols, the actors didn’t go far from set. The distance was stripped away. There were things that happened on this movie that I’d hope to be able to continue on future productions.”
“This movie is about the need to co-exist and survive together. If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that we need the different generations to protect each other. It was the right movie to be making at this moment.”
Jurassic World: Dominion, which unites the casts of the Jurassic World and Jurassic Park films — including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill — is scheduled for a June 10, 2022 release.
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Source: IGN.com Jurassic World: Dominion Wraps Unprecedented 18-Month Pandemic-Era Production