The safety of our staff, crews, agency personnel, and clients, IS our first priority. We will not restart production unless we can ensure all our people are protected and safe in doing so. We’re coordinating with the Toronto Film Commission, Toronto Public Health, CPAT, and ACTRA, along with municipal, provincial, and federal governments for the latest actionable information and guidelines for keeping everyone safe and secure.
We all work in a creative industry. We pride ourselves on using creativity to adapt to and overcome adversity. We are champions of change and this situation will be no different. We welcome the challenge to restart our business with new processes built from the knowledge we have learned today.
Challenging times calls for innovative solutions. We will succeed by supporting each other and working together. Teamwork will replace isolation. Shared strategies will alleviate uncertainty. We committed to this philosophy last year when we launched the Holiday United Group – an amalgamation of Holiday Films, Nimble Content, Recess Post, and The Cavalry.
HUG companies have adapted to the COVID-19 challenge by embracing technology. Recess Post has been successfully conducting virtual sessions allowing everyone to work safely and independently from home. This is now a permanent option available to you as we go forward. Holiday Films and Nimble Content can create the same virtual experience for preproduction meetings and even shoots. What began as solutions for safety can become opportunities for smart streamlining.
We’re learning a lot during the COVID-19 crisis – that heroes don’t have to play sports or star in movies, but rather attend the sick or stock our shelves. Sometimes a reset can be a good thing.
During this pause we encourage you to stay safe, stay home, and use the time to appreciate the little things that are often lost in the noise of normality. Our industry is a demanding one. We typically spend a lot of time away from family so now is the time to appreciate each other’s company for soon we’ll all be back, hard at it in the business we love.
Our best to you and your families. We’re here to help in any way we can.