Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The pandemic as a problem for producers

As the caption of the xkcd comic "Set in the Present" says (published on 11 November, 2020), "movies and shows that are vaguely set in 'the present' will be awkward for a while." In other words, any realistic narrative set in 2020 will have to address the pandemic, which will probably keep writers and producers from doing so unless the work they are making is actually about it. They would argument that if everyone's wearing masks, then no matter what you want the production to be about, it will be about the pandemic. There will still be works about the pandemic, but there won't be works incidentally set during the pandemic. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 18 November)


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