With the arrival of Covid-19 in early 2020 everything changed. Lockdowns, isolation, social distancing and an industry that shut down overnight. It's been a tough eight months, and even though production has re-started there are no certainties it will continue. The threat of additional shutdowns caused by second waves of the virus hangs over the industry, it is a sobering period.
Strict protocols are now in place on all shoots, the most obvious, the compulsory wearing of face masks. The choices in shape, style, colour and pattern are as varied as the people wearing them. In my view, one's choice is a reflection of their personality and a way to show it, now the majority of our faces are hidden. It is also a way to bring a bit of colour back into a difficult time.
Everyone who works in film knows the feast or famine of the industry. In normal circumstances, let alone the current ones, the inconsistencies of employment mean the industry is not for everyone. Those that do choose it are self-reliant individuals with an inner strength built through the tough times and love of the industry, irrespective of those inconsistencies. It's all in the eyes.