KUALA LUMPUR: The government is committed to helping the film industry be severely affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 outbreak with the main focus being given to the crew behind the scenes.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said in addition to the National Economic Renaissance (PENJANA) initiative, production company cooperation was also needed to ensure the survival of the crew.
“Eighty percent of the film industry players are behind-the-scenes workers like directors, cameramen, scriptwriters, storytellers and food providers.
“For the next six months, publishers need to be more proactive in producing more work because that way, it opens up job opportunities.
“Don’t even think about producing just one phone. If a phone can take 10 days, it might be possible to create three titles that can be completed within 30 days.
“The long hours of work are important to provide job opportunities for the crew behind the scenes,” he said after visiting TGV Cinemas at a shopping mall in Cheras, here.
Also present were National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (FINAS) Chairman Zakaria Abdul Hamid; FINAS Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri and TGV Cinemas Chairman Shaharul Rezza Hassan.
On the cinema operation, Saifuddin called for the ‘movie leg’ to continue to support the cinema which was allowed to operate again on Wednesday.
“This is because it involves a lot of people. If the audience is not coming to the cinema, how can the cinema operators help the movie producers?
“So far, I’m satisfied with the implementation of cinema standard operating procedure (SOP) and the government has not received any negative reports.
“As such, the audience does not have to worry about security because the SOP is strictly enforced,” he said.