Chennai, October 09: Film shootings are going resume in Andhra Pradesh after 8 months since the COVID-induced nationwide lockdown. Andhra Pradesh State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation (APSFTVTDC) managing director Tumma Vijay Reddy informed that the government has issued orders allowing shootings in the state.
“The corporation will issue permissions for Shootings in government properties and premises, and the producers and directors should utilise the opportunity,” Reddy said. All the permissions have been issued in accordance with guidelines and SOP he added.
“Shootings were stopped in the state in the wake of COVID-19. However, the state government has issued permissions for shootings in the state in accordance with the guidelines and SOP issued by the I&B department of the union government on August 21. Those guidelines and SOP should be strictly followed during the shootings,” he said.
According to the guidelines, all the technicians must wear masks, while actors are given partial exemption from wearing masks. Shooting premises, units, and sets must be frequently sanitized. All technicians and actors must use hand sanitizers when there is no possibility of hand wash.
It is also mandated to screen messages on the precautionary measures to be taken by the audience to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the start and during the interval of a film screening in a theatre. The APSFTVTDC will give permission for shootings in government places and premises, he said.
As per the guidelines issued by the government, a six feet distance must be maintained in possible conditions. A public message about precautions to be taken for containing the spread of Corona must be exhibited before screening the show and during the interval. All the necessary information related to permissions to be taken for film shooting, rules, and regulations are available at the APSFTVTDC website www.apsftvtdc.in.