Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have put together guidelines for any productions for the foreseeable future. Some or all of these suggestions may be used upon request. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best during these crazy times.
Covid-19 Safety Guidelines
The health and safety of everyone on production sets is a top priority of shoots created by our artists. To that end, below are suggestions to help ensure clean and healthy sets. We encourage individuals to take personal responsibility and take an active role in maintaining a clean and healthy set. The suggestions include the following but are not limited to the recommendations below. Guilds, Unions, Production Companies, and Studios may also have regulations. Be sure to consult local officials to ensure you are following any other mandates.
• Ask crew to fill out health questionnaires to determine if someone could have been exposed to illness recently prior to production. We may decide to require some type of testing protocol to certify that at the beginning of the shoot all the workers involved are free of COVID-19 and that during the shooting phase the production company provides all the necessary means to protect the health of its workers and avoid any kind of contagion in their environment.
• The recording area should be marked to ensure that only permitted personnel have access. Access to the shooting space shall have a defined entrance and exit area, and there shall be a designated person to control such access. Differentiated and adequately signposted entry and exit areas shall be established in order to prevent people from crossing over. The number of people who will have access to the shooting space should be minimized.
• All cast and crew members should get their temperature taken at the beginning of each day. For multi-day shoots, a chart should be kept to monitor changes in cast and crew temperature. And if possible to get tested a couple of days prior to production.
• Incorporate pertinent COVID-19 considerations into Daily Safety Meetings. Scheduling and carrying out multiple meetings may be required if staggering start times.
• Limit number of people in all areas to essential personnel only.
• Maintain social distancing of no less than 6 feet whenever possible.
• Make 6-foot distance markings on the floor in environments where people need to line up.
• Require frequent hand washing by all on-set personnel.
• If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
• Require anyone who is sick to stay home.
• Provide hand sanitizing stations and/or hand-washing stations throughout set area.
• Include additional PAs or hygiene coordinators dedicated to assisting with sanitizing, possibly assigning PAs or HCs per department to manage.
• Self-monitor for signs or symptoms of illness and report if you are feeling ill.
• Eliminate handshakes, hugs and kisses to say hello.
• Crew must wear masks and should be worn at all times on set (Production and/or individuals need to provide).
• Crew must wear gloves and change gloves repeatedly during the day (Production and/or individuals need to provide).
• Divide up studio backstage space and/or on-location areas into sections with production teams isolated from each other.
• When possible, have one department at a time in a work area.
• Cover your mouth (not with hand) for coughs and sneezes.
• Utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, goggles, face shields, masks that cover the nose and mouth, finger cots (good for finger-only touch-points such as copier, microwave).
• Do not use other people’s phones or personal work tools.
• Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment using alcohol-based sanitizing wipes or break for sanitation time as new talent arrive or location changes.
• Assign one individual per department to be responsible for constant wipe-downs of surfaces.
• Identify who may effectively be able to work from home for prep, shoot, wrap.
• Assign office supplies (pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, etc.).
• Once production starts, takes should be limited to make sets more efficient and result in less standing around/congregating time.
• Consider sequestering cast and crew in hotels to control the environment and avoid bringing illness to and from set.
• When filming in-doors, limit those on set to essential personnel only.
PRODUCTION OFFICE / TRAILER / TENTS
• Consider utilizing larger tents with portable A/C or heat in lieu of trailers/motor-homes.
• Avoid having more than 5 people in trailers at one time.
• Keep windows and doors open to increase ventilation.
• Deliveries should be handled outside of an office or any closed space and wiped down/sprayed with sanitizing solution.
• When possible use disposable, ecologically friendly flatware, plates, and cups.
• Place sanitizing wipes at printer station if there is a community printer/copier.
• Continuously disinfect remote controls, light switches, etc.
• When possible, castings should be done remotely via Facetime, Zoom, Skype, digital cards, etc.
• Utilize remote casting sessions and callbacks with live broadcast capabilities.
• Schedule auditions and callbacks further apart and require social distancing.
• If distributing hard copy call sheets/shoot lists/scripts/sides, dispose of paper after each reading. Suggest talent print at home.
• Eliminate “open calls” and give everyone assigned window to arrive.
• Encourage actors/models to wait in their cars, not in the waiting area of the casting facility.
• Have actors/models check in from outside using their cell phone.
• One dedicated Casting Assistant should sign all performers in and out.
• During in-person group auditions, actors/models can wear clear face shields and gloves, or maintain social distancing.
• When casting of families, real families should be used when possible so physical contact is kept within an existing family unit.
• Identify wardrobe specs in the breakdowns to increase the likelihood the actor brings something that can be worn on the shoot.
• Departments should sequester in department pods.
• Eliminate crossing pods as much as possible.
• Each department should individually set up the filming area and leave sequentially, so as not to cross contaminate personnel crew.
HANDLING OF EQUIPMENT
• Use gloves and change regularly.
• Members of each department should disinfect gear during breaks in activity or have multiple sanitation times as new talent arrive or changes in locations.
• Minimize the number of people having to touch the same items. This may require additional gear.
• Strive for consistency regarding which pieces of equipment are handled by whom.
• All crew that requires tools should bring their own and not allow sharing.
• Anticipate inefficiencies due to new procedures.
• When possible, call times should be staggered to avoid large groups converging on a single area at one time.
• Build in time for one department to “step in, step out” at a time.
• Consider whether a prep or pre-light day will be required to lessen the amount of crew on shoot day.
• Some locations may only allow limited truck parking resulting in the need to cross-load and drop off gear.
• Be prepared with back up crew in case of illness during shooting.
LOCATION / TECH SCOUT
• Scouting should be done virtually as much as possible.
• Schedule the tech scout as early as possible.
• Digitally distribute tech scout packets.
• Give consideration to size and space when deciding among location options.
• Carefully consider the number of locations that get director scouted in-person.
• Self-drive when possible.
• If carpooling, everyone should be in masks, gloves, etc.
• Consider renting multiple vehicles to allow distance between seats.
• While at location, have as much conversation outside as possible.
• Try to maximize space and air flow when designating spaces for a shoot.
• Drivers should wipe down inside vans (seats, handles, etc.) inside and out every time people exit the vehicle.
• Sanitize locations thoroughly before and after use.
• Choose disinfectants carefully in order to avoid damage.
• Permit applications should go in as early as possible in case of new regulations.
• Consider permitting backup locations in the event that a location pulls out or otherwise becomes unavailable due to Covid19 or any other reason.
• Provide alternative lodging to house occupants for the duration of the shoot, including pets.
• Increase space for social distancing during lunch.
• Provide sensor-activated soap dispensers, hand dryers, etc. to locations when available.
• Provide washing/hand sanitizing stations when there is no access to running water.
• Have one individual put up and take down all location signs.
• Limit sets to essential personnel only, avoid additional visitors when possible.
• Attempt to limit number of people in a passenger van to 2 passengers at one time.
• Drivers should wipe down inside vans (seats, handles, etc.) inside and out every time people exit the vehicle.
• Add signage to van exterior identifying maximum capacity.
• Require people to wear masks in vehicles.
• Keep windows down when possible to promote ventilation.
• Ensure one driver is assigned to one vehicle for the duration of prep and wrap.
ELECTRIC, GRIP DEPARTMENTS
• More gear may be required to ensure people don’t pass gear.
• Grip gear should only be handled by the grip department (apple boxes and stands often support other departments).
• Consider ordering additional gear and assign apple boxes and stands to other departments.
HAIR AND MAKE-UP
• PPE must be worn for the duration of person-to-person contact.
• Face shield should be worn by the Make-up Artist or Hair Stylist.
• Make-up stations should be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
• Talent and make-up artist should wash their hands with soap or use hand sanitizer before and after session.
• Use disposable make-up kits and brushes and dispose of the kit after each application.
• Mix make-up on a disposable palette and use only one brush, applicator, etc. per talent.
• Clean hairbrushes and combs and reusable make-up brushes with appropriate disinfecting solutions.
• Possibly assign brush/combs to each actor so not to cross contaminate or use barbicide to disinfect brushes/combs.
• Consider having the talent(s) show up having done their own make-up/hair.
• Avoid touch ups unless absolutely necessary.
• Avoid hair and make-up for secondary/back up talents.
• Wardrobe fittings should be conducted remotely via Facetime, Zoom, Skype, etc.
• Wardrobe planning should be done ahead of shopping and pulling from rental houses.
• Only the wardrobe department should touch clothing, etc. until it’s decided what the talent will actually try on.
• Use gloves and mask when looking through garments in rental houses and retail stores.
• Book talent as early as possible, and get sizes as early as possible.
• Costumes and outfits should be bagged up individually, per performer.
• Seek permission from Clients to allow talent to keep purchased wardrobe.
• When possible, talent should arrive in their own wardrobe.
• Costumes and outfits should be bagged up individually, per talent.
• Disinfect jewelry and glasses in between use.
• Crew doing pick-up must handle cases with gloves.
• Cases should be wiped down before loading into vehicle.
• Only camera personnel should handle camera gear including carts, cases, tape, etc.
• Personal equipment should be wiped down upon arrival and before departure each day.
• Each camera crew personnel should have their own non-sharable camera kits.
• Camera prep should be isolated in individual area.
• Disinfect equipment before and after each use.
• Label mics with the name of the user.
• Disinfect mics and transmitters before and after each use.
• Replace mounting components that cannot be thoroughly cleaned.
• PPE should be worn for the duration of person-to-person contact.
• Utilize boom-only audio when possible.
• Some multi-talent scripts may require a second Boom Operator.
• Hand washing stations should be present.
• Consider staggering lunch to ensure social distancing.
• Eliminate self-serve.
• Utensils should be individually wrapped in plastic (or similar).
• Seating should adhere to 6-foot rule. Order more tables or encourage crew to eat in their own vehicles.
• Serve boxed meals when possible.
• Allow cast and crew to bring their own food and/or eat in their car.
• Only buy individual, prepackaged portions.
• Everyone must wash their hands before entering the craft services area.
• Craft services table should include hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.
• Craft services should have capability to refill an individual’s reusable water bottle brought to set without contact between refill source and bottle or provide individual disposable water bottles.
• Reduce and streamline variety of beverages.
• Community drink dispensers should not be used.
• Eliminate any self-service snacks or fruit bowls.
MEDICAL PERSONNEL / SET MEDIC / HYGIENE COORDINATOR
• Medical personnel should take temperatures/check medical credentials/approvals and keep a digital log of temperatures from on-set talent and crew
• Medical personnel should patrol the set and proactively consult with personnel.
• Medical personnel should visually monitor cast and crew for those that look ill.
• Devices should be signed out the day before for quick distribution on the shoot day.
• Devices should be individually bagged and handed to the user in its bag.
• No sharing of devices.
• Replacement batteries should be disinfected in between uses, bagged, and handed to the crew as needed.
VIDEO VILLAGE SET UP
• Chairs should be disinfected before and after people sit down.
• Use plastic chairs as they are easier to disinfect.
• Video Village should be set up outside if possible.
• Additional monitors should be set up to allow for social distancing.
• Each person that needs to view the scene should be provided separate monitor distanced appropriately apart.
• Consider a temporary clear barrier between talent while establishing marks and positions and remove at the last moment. If it is not possible to maintain this distance, a record should be kept of the interactions between the actors so that possible contacts can be identified if someone were to contract the virus.
• Consider alternate shot set-ups, camera angles, lenses, etc.
• For intimate scenes, talent should have to test negative for the virus and show results.
• Carefully consider the number of Extras required.
• Have enough space and tables and chairs for Extras holding areas to practice social distancing.
• Provide one pen for each Extra to execute paperwork and instruct them to not share.
• Think about how to organize schooling if required.
• Be sure to have PPE that fits the minors.
• No make-up unless absolutely necessary.
These recommendations are not intended to be the only possible recommendations for this situation or even a complete list. These recommendations are not intended to be medical advice. We strongly encourage all cast and crew to contact the following organizational resources for more information and for specific questions regarding your own policies and procedures.
World Health Organization:
Department of Health (Of Production State):