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Deadline & budget concerns force filmmakers to shoot guerrilla-style due to COVID-19

Sources say that they are opting to shoot during early mornings with a smaller crew, while ensuring they wrap up within one-and-a-half hours.

Published: Saturday,Jan 22, 2022 23:28 PM GMT-07:00
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Courtesy : BCCL (Times of India)

We are all aware how COVID-19 has led to an array of restrictions coming in and apart from the delayed releases, it has also led to restrictions when it comes to shoot in Delhi and otherwise.

However, despite the capital’s ongoing night and weekend curfew, filmmakers have now started rolling cameras again, sans permission. Sources say that they are opting to shoot during early mornings with a smaller crew, while ensuring they wrap up within one-and-a-half hours.

Several projects in Delhi have now restarted their shoots. These include ads, web series, and films. A source associated with one such project informs, “A couple of projects are currently being shot in Delhi, even though restrictions haven’t been eased yet. Filmmakers waited for almost 15 days initially, but due to deadline and budget concerns, they had no choice but to resort to guerrilla shooting methods.”

Javed, a line producer, told ETimes, “Authorities in Noida are giving productions permission to shoot till 8pm, but the scenario is different in Delhi. And while bigger projects can afford the delay, the rest don’t have the budget, and have to shoot within dates given to them by the lead artistes.”


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He elaborates, “Usually, guerrilla shooting methods are adopted by documentary filmmakers when getting permission to shoot is impossible. Others are adopting the same method now because they need to shoot at some key locations in the city, and it’s more convenient to do so guerrilla-style, than delay the project indefinitely.”

Filmmakers are now wrapping up a 10 day-shoot schedule within four to five days. A crew member of one such project adds that many often try to pass off the shoot as a wedding shoot, as they face less objections from locals.

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