OKLAHOMA CITY - On Friday, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Basic Crafts released a multi-union report touted as the next major step in resuming film and television production in the United States.

Also on Friday, producer-director Danny Roth marked day 13 on the 16-day shoot for his feature film “Harvest of the Heart” in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Roth's romantic drama, which began lensing May 27 and wrapped Monday, is one of the first — if not the first — live-action productions to start in North America since the coronavirus pandemic brought TV and moviemaking to a sudden halt in March.

"It's been going pretty smoothly. We normally shoot these in fewer days, but we expanded the amount of days to accommodate for the new protocols," Roth told The Oklahoman by phone Saturday. "The (coronavirus) case count and the recovery rate ... was certainly the best of the tax credit states that we looked at. ... We were looking to set up a hub here for these smaller movies anyway, and then the pandemic happened and it just worked out great that we were coming here anyway. We didn't have to pivot."


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