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Hollywood Hills from The Line Hotel, Los Angeles, November 2020. Photo: Busy K

I’ve been reflecting a lot on the nature of production during the COVID crisis.

When it became clear that our show Parenting Without Borders wasn’t coming back anytime soon, I relocated to northern California to stay with family while the worst of the virus raged in my beloved New York City.  Many of my friends and colleagues were discovering that they had COVID or were recovering from it. The executive director of New York Women in Film and Television was living in the epicenter in Queens surrounded by the steady scream of ambulance sirens, which we could hear during on-line board meetings. Another friend had a mobile morgue unit parked on her block in Brooklyn. And then in April 2020, two people I know died within a week of each other – one in NYC and one in Milan.  The scope of this virus is devastating.  And those deaths have influenced everything I’ve done since.

In May I got a call about a commercial project for a big tech company.  They were planning a shoot with crazy numbers: 10 directors and 300 crew members to make 200+ short films in 4 weeks.  I was both apprehensive and excited to get back to work.  Because this was a client that would follow strict safety protocol, I felt comfortable committing. Read More