What impact did the pandemic have on your production?
There were significant challenges, of course. The costs of accommodation and catering skyrocketed. The caterer was on set from 5am to 11pm, cooking warm meals for everyone on order. By staggering the breaks, it was possible to avoid everyone eating at the same time, and the producer/director Johannes Hülsemann rented an entire Aparthotel with two buildings, so that the crew could be isolated completely from the outside world.
Two medical doctors from a local practice accompanied the whole shoot, also doing covid tests at the end of each day to be sure that nobody got infected. Fortunately, the concrete factory is a really big and well-ventilated space, with loads of room for everyone to keep socially distanced. It's important for me that everyone gets to see a run-through of each scene before filming it, and we were able to do that without issues under those circumstances.
How "green" was the production, considering the difficult conditions?
Despite everything, we wanted to be a green production. With the aid of our green production consultant, Linda Gräve, the entire crew was provided with microfiber tube-scarfs, which the ministry of health was still authorizing at that time. They cost about 75 times as much as disposable facemasks, but they could be washed and reused. The caterer used only biodegradable plates and wooden cutlery, and we had branded thermos flasks that the crew filled with tap water, as well as individually personalized thermo coffee mugs, which the crew could take home with them as souvenirs afterwards. They were also briefed on waste sorting and environmentally friendly behavior on set. It is still possible to run a sustainable production, even in times as testing as these.