The early 2020s are threatening to be forgotten by filmmakers in the movies and TV shows they produce. COVID-19 seems like it will be around for at least another year, and people are getting tired of it. This puts filmmakers in an uncomfortable position. They want to present as accurate a picture of the year in which the storyline is set, but they want studios and investors to back their productions. 

Films set during the COVID-era are going to be tricky to sell to investors or the public. Although a film or TV show full of actors wearing masks will be true to life, people go to the movies as a way to escape the problems of the real world. Whether they will want to be reminded of the pandemic remains to be seen. 

Then there are the awkward visuals. To be seen as a protagonist that everyone should root for, the stars will have to realistically wear masks during most of their scenes to be true to the times. But this presents a problem for the actor trying to convey emotions and the audience trying to maintain interest in a story told by masked characters.

Creative License to Minimise the COVID References

We might see filmmakers resorting to a bit of creative license to appeal to both the realists in the audience and the aesthetics of the production. Major characters could wear their masks on entering and exiting scenes but take them off when they’re doing the scenes. Crowd scenes may become a thing of the past, and who knows how the directors would handle love scenes.

It will be interesting to see how the industry handles the production of stories set in the early 2020s. They can simply ignore COVID-19 as if it never happened. The only time you may see any reference to it is in historical, true-life stories of the pandemic. But those may be far in the future. Let us get through the real thing first before you start selling the story as entertainment. 

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