While we’re grateful that productions are slowly able to film, it’s important to be extra careful on set to ensure you’re keeping yourselves, your cast and your crew safe.
Here are some helpful guidelines to remember while planning your next shoot!
- Casting can easily be done online. Talent can send in self-tapes and have virtual video auditions.
- Check your county guidelines so you know of any new restrictions in place.
- Try to shoot at outdoor locations when possible.
- Limit the number of people on set so client teams should avoid attending shoots and join virtually instead.
- Crew members or talent should be told not to report to set if they are feeling unwell.
- No one on set who has travelled overseas in the last 14 days or who has been in contact with someone that has COVID-19 or is currently being tested.
- Public transport should be discouraged when traveling to sets.
- Appoint a member of your crew to promote and enforce the general safety guidelines recommended by the CDC, while on set.
- Provide PPE on set, including gloves and masks.
- Provide disinfectant and build in breaks to the production schedule to wash hands and/or apply hand sanitizer.
- No craft services or food on set. Tell crew/cast to bring their own meals and make sure there is space to socially distance them while they eat.
- Clearly label all water bottles or other personal food items to avoid accidental sharing.
- Avoid HMU altogether and have actors come ready to set.
- Create a 1:1 ratio of person to equipment so multiple people aren’t touching the same equipment. Meaning the DP should be only one touching the camera. If they need help, then exact equipment should be designated to one person to avoid cross-touching.
- Build flexibility into your production schedule and budget.
- Before you begin your shoot day, run through these specific guidelines with the entire cast and crew.