From June 17th-July 2nd, a group of actors and filmmakers, including Zendaya, worked together to break the limits of filmmaking during the time of COVID-19 to complete a feature film. 

It all started when Hollywood star Zendaya contacted Euphoria creator Sam Levinson one night. 

According to Deadline, Zendaya called Levinson and asked him to create and direct a film during the quarantine. 

Within a week, the acclaimed writer was able to come up with a story, Malcolm and Marie

He was also able to cast BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington to be Zendaya’s love interest in the film.

Left to right: Zendaya and John David Washington

There were not much information yet about the movie, said Deadline.

Film Preparation

The filming was done in Feldman Architecture’s Caterpillar House, in Monterey County. 

It provided the production of a place with natural ventilation and “accentuated the emotion and choreography of Levinson’s screenplay”. 

To make sure that everybody’s safe during the filming of the movie, the production made use of safety protocols. 

They also consulted doctors to guarantee the whole production’s well-being. 

The production also contacted lawyers and Hollywood Unions to ensure that all requirements for filming are in place.

After the consultations, everyone involved in the production took multiple COVID-19 tests and underwent a two-week quarantine. 

During the two-week quarantine, casts and set crew stayed in their rooms, wore masks, and socially distanced from each other. 

They also rehearsed in the parking lot and ate in assigned spots. 

The rules for the production designers and set dressers are the same with the cast and crew.

However, they stayed in a separate place from the actors and the crew while preparing the house for the production.

During Production

Daily temperature checks were mandatory during the production.

The production also gave the crew extra time to prepare and sanitize their equipment.

Furthermore, the production only allowed 12 people to be in the room at the same time.

However, unless needed, everyone had to observe social distancing.


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