Opinion: Can Hollywood Survive And Adapt To The New Normal?
As the coronavirus has hit the United States, the American economy has greatly affected many industries, especially Hollywood. In fact, Hollywood was one of the first industries to shut down entirely. Many events, such as film festivals, film and TV production, and concerts were put on pause, canceled, or postponed for at least two months, according to NBC News.
I was watching Netflix and Disney+ on my couch to watch the top TV shows and movies. I have already binged-watched plenty of them, such as Kim’s Convenience, Never Have I Ever, After, Kim Possible, Love Is Blind, and Lucifer, just to name a few. Many of the shows and movies I have watched are nostalgic, or they are ready to get the next season (or two). My cry of frustration has led to: “when does the new season come out?” or “I wanna see that!”
I will admit that while it has been fairly convenient to watch plenty of TV shows and movies at my disposal, but you can only binge-watch for so long. I miss going out to the movie theaters, grabbing popcorn, and watching them with my friends. While I understand that many of us are hoping just to get out and do something, there is an underlying fear that many of us face where our health and safety are in jeopardy.
As it relates to Hollywood, I imagine it would be nearly impossible to get back to “normal” that we were once used to. My question is:
Can Hollywood survive and adapt to the new normal?
The long and the short answer to my question is yes. I absolutely believe they will.
During this time, Hollywood and the entertainment industry have shown creative ways to work around this pandemic. Journalists of News Broadcasting companies, like NBC, are reporting the news and shooting remotely from their own homes. Actors and artists are using Zoom meetings as a way to educate and get feedback from fans. Many famous musicians, such as Taylor Swift and Stevie Wonder, have collaborated during the coronavirus to throw an all-star live stream benefit to fight the coronavirus, One World: Together At Home.
As Hollywood is eager to get back to work, they will need to enforce state standards placed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and find solutions when it comes to the safety of the cast members, crew, and the employees of the filming networks. This can include: providing hand sanitizers and getting everyone tested before they can begin filming again.
While Hollywood won’t go back to the way things were, at least not for a while, it allows us to reflect on the positives of these changes. We may not be able to go to the movie theaters for a long time, but just know that it will be temporary. And when this pandemic ends, we will be able to look back and see how we were able to adapt under such unusual circumstances.