The government's announcement allowing filming activities to be carried out in the areas placed under the conditional movement control order (MCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya has received mixed reactions from producers.
Director and producer Shahrulezad Mohameddin said the permission would lead to various constraints and they had to comply with increasingly stringent standard operating procedures (SOP).
"Yes, shooting is allowed, but it is very difficult to implement because there are various constraints such as the increase in costs and location problems coupled with the increasingly strict SOP, ” he told Bernama.
Last week, Finas chief executive officer Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri in a statement informed that all production companies are allowed to carry out filming activities in areas placed under conditional MCO provided that they comply with the guidelines set by the National Security Council (MKN).
The guidelines include disease prevention protocols and restrictions; health screening; cleaning and disinfection of premises; physical distancing and employee safety procedures as well as emergency response.
Commenting further, Shahrulezad, who chose to postpone the filming of a drama Takdir Yang Tertulis, gave an example of an SOP which allows only two individuals in one vehicle.
"If one vehicle cannot carry more than two people, that means the cost will increase and if each of us wants to bring our own vehicle, who wants to bear the costs of fuel and fare?" he asked.
Country Universal Sdn Bhd producer Jalena Rejab hoped that the 14-day CMCO would not be extended.
"However, I am grateful and thankful when the government allows the filming session to continue as usual," said Jalena who is currently filming Rahimah Tanpa Rahim drama.
At the same time, she said, the production crew and actors are always reminded to comply with the SOP.
Meanwhile, Heritage Movies Sdn Bhd producer Zaleha Ali, who is filming a telefilm entitled Nasib Jodoh PKP is thankful that the filming session could be done smoothly even though it was carried out in the conditional MCO area.
She said the short filming period apart from not requiring the involvement of many production crew and actors, further facilitates their movement. – Bernama