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Set Safety: Covid Filming Guidance

Well, we’re filming again. And not just with a phone in our living room/temporary office. While that’s great news for the industry, evidently things aren’t going to be the same as they used to be. And that’s OK – but we all need to follow a few rules to make sure we’re taking as many precautions as needed regarding Covid-19.

Workplaces will all have their own procedures for safe working and we are no different. Industry bodies like PACT and the APA have come up with their own guidelines for shooting. Taking these into account along with discussions with other production companies, agencies and clients, we believe we have formed an appropriate response to take reasonable and practical steps to safeguard the health and safety of everyone we work with in relation to Covid-19. 

Health and safety on set is nothing new – for every shoot we work on we conduct a thorough risk assessment. Now we just have to factor a few more things into our bookings and shooting schedules.

As well as the obvious (keep two metres apart whenever possible and wash hands with soap and water as often as practical), there may be a few differences you notice from us on future bookings. 

We can supply detailed copies on request but the following takeaways should be on all of our minds as we think about the production process.

In pre-production, we need to start with an appropriate script that enable us to have a practical and safe shoot. We also need to make sure these are finalised and signed off appropriately early – this will allow us to avoid last-minute changes which might make sanitary and safe conditions difficult. Additional prep-time is always good and now it will be more important than ever.

Casting sessions and callbacks may well be remote via video link or self-casting. We’ll need to take extra consideration about replacing any cast or crew who become unavailable due to Covid-19 – this is something that isn’t covered by insurance companies at the moment and we all need to be aware and flexible.

On the shoot itself, we may stagger call times to avoid congestion. On that note we’ll plan and suggest as preference keeping filming units as small as possible – this includes crew/agency and cast.

Video monitors will be much more prevalent on set. Rather than a central video village we will aim, where budget allows, to provide a greater number of monitoring stations to avoid groups clustering. Space markers on the floor should be used and followed.

For multi-location shoots the preference will be for one location per day, avoiding moves where possible. Locations should be sanitised before and after the shooting day where possible. Self-driving will be more common rather than sharing transport.

If the shoot requires a prelight or any set-build or dress, these will be done by one department at a time.

We’ve considered everything else from wardrobe and hair & make-up to hired equipment and catering, so again, if you’d like to see a copy of our guidelines before you book us, please get in touch.

Thank you.