Sky Original drama Ich und Anderen (Me and the Others) has this week resumed production in Vienna, having been suspended after just five days’ shooting – out of a scheduled 62 - in mid-March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The six-part drama is produced by Superfilm Filmproduktions GmbH on behalf of Sky Studios and stars Tom Schilling, Mavie Hörbiger, Katharina Schüttler, Sophie Rois, Martin Wuttke, Michael Maertens and Lars Eidinger.
David Schalko is showrunner, John Lueftner is producer for Superfilm and Quirin Schmidt is executive producer for Sky Deutschland.
Filming has been able to pick up once again under the Covid-19-safe guidelines set out in Austrian regulations, which include: general protective measures such as the wearing of masks; physical distancing on set, frequent hand-washing and disinfection, as well as the establishment of a permanent hygiene station, where temperatures are checked and masks, gloves and disinfectants are dispensed.
Work on film and television productions is divided into three zones. Zone Three contains regulations for employees who work within the production office, vehicle fleet, material store and catering, amongst others.
Zone Two comprises the regulations for the direction, camera, sound and lighting crew as well as set design and props.
Zone One is the closed-set, a protected, negative-tested pool of actors, director, cameraman and other some other crew, as required. These employees - always in groups of five - are PCR-tested twice every two days and isolated from the rest of the team.
John Lueftner, producer Superfilm, said: “It is a great relief to be able to work again - for us and for all filmmakers in Austria. The three-zone working concept is performing, the artistic-creative process on set can take place without any significant corona restrictions.”