How Are Movies and TV Shows Being Made in Pandemic Times?

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Several titles got me through 2020’s many challenging months of isolation. Hulu’s limited series Normal People. Chloé Zhao’s film Nomadland. All the outfits in Mrs. America and The Queen’s Gambit also helped. As did the very unexpected twists and turns in Kaley Cuoco’s The Flight Attendant. Plus Dan Levy’s sweaters in Schitt’s Creek, of course.

But what about 2021? Fortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll run out of new movies and TV releases soon. HBO announced new seasons for its shows Insecure and Succession coming in 2021, as well as the release of the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon in 2022. Disney Plus has a long list of new programming slated for this year for fans of the Star Wars and Marvel universes. We’ll finally see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in The Matrix 4. And Netflix has just promised we’ll be able to watch "new movies, every week, all year."

Some of 2021’s new titles will be films that were ready and had their release dates postponed due to the pandemic, like A Quiet Place II, No Time to Die and Black Widow. But a lot of the content we’ll be enjoying is just plain brand new, meaning it’s been produced and shot during pandemic times. Here’s how that’s even been possible.