Mothering Sunday: pre-production during Covid

Steps taken by the craft department to reduce the risk of coronavirus in the production of the feature film, Mothering Sunday

Sanitising sets and doing socially-distanced recces are just some of the preparations made by the craft department of Mothering Sunday during the coronavirus pandemic.

In an online session, chaired by hair and make-up artist Marcia Blackwood, producer Elizabeth Karlsen, production designer Helen Scott and costume designer Sandy Powell discuss the pre-production of their new feature film.

Mothering Sunday, from Number 9 Films and Film 4, is scheduled to shoot in the UK this autumn. The team talk about how they are adapting their ways of working to safeguard cast and crew during Covid-19. 

This session is of particular interest to professionals working in film who are gearing up to return to production.

About the speakers

Elizabeth Karlsen is co-founder, with Stephen Woolley, of Number 9 Films which has produced celebrated independent films including Carol, Youth, The End of the Affair, Interview with a Vampire, Little Voice, Mona Lisa and The Crying Game.

Helen Scott has worked as production designer in collaboration with Clio Barnard on Dark River and The Selfish Giant and with Andrea Arnold on Wuthering Heights, Red Road and Fish Tank. She has also worked as art director with Mike Leigh among others. In TV, her work includes A Very English Scandal and Doctor Foster.

Sandy Powell is an Academy and BAFTA award-winning costume designer whose films include Caravaggio, Orlando, The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, The Wings of the Dove, The End of the Affair, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Cinderella, Carol and Mary Poppins Returns.

Marcia Blackwood, chair of the session, is a hair and make-up artist who has worked on productions including Years and Years, Man Like Mobeen and Top Boy. She also is a High-end TV Trainee Finder alumna.

 About the event

This is a recording of an online event that took place on 19 August 2020. The session was supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme. It was part of the safe return to set seminars organised by ScreenSkills. 

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