Keeping Your Production Safe During COVID-19

Keeping Your Production Safe During COVID-19

With productions starting to pick back up, it is important we work out how to safely return to work while maneuvering the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few tips to help your production stay as safely as possible.

1. Use a mask or face covering. Make sure it covers your nose & mouth. Bring a couple of disposable gloves.

   2. Do not shake or bump hands with anyone. If necessary do the elbow bump.

3. Wash your hands while on set or use hand sanitizer as frequently as possible. We recommend bringing your own hand sanitizer as it may not be provided.

4. Be as efficient with your production as possible. The less time you spend on set, the less of a chance you will risk being in contact with the virus.

5. Disinfect equipment before and after all video shoots or recordings.

Here is a few tips on how to disinfect your equipment:

For cameras, tripods, and stands use Clorox Wipes or isopropyl alcohol solution of at least 60% to disinfect your gear. Spray the solution onto a paper towel, do not spray directly onto the equipment. Be careful around buttons and other cavernous areas as over saturation can lead to equipment damage.

For camera lenses, you should already be cleaning your lens. Do not use abrasive sponges or brushes. Instead use a Q-Tip with isopropyl alchohol of at least 60% and gently disinfect the lens.

For Microphones, use the same solution of isopropyl alcohol solution of at least 60% or Clorox Wipes to wipe down your microphone. Again, do not spray directly onto the gear or over saturate the gear with solution specially in cavernous areas. For windsocks you can soak in disinfecting soap and rinse them in clean water. Let them air dry overnight or until dry.

Refrain from using lavalier microphones as they come in contact with the body and make social distancing difficult when placing the microphone into someones shirt or skin. Use boom mics or overhead mics when possible.

   6. Whenever possible use you zoom lens! Film from a distance & maintain 6 Feet appart.

   7. Only allow essential crew on set, you can always send a live feed of the production for those not present on set.

   8. Crew members should try their best to take separate vehicles when driving to set. 

   9. Clean all surfaces, film sets, equipment, door handles, restrooms and other frequent contact surfaces by following the CDC/WHO guidelines.

10. When catering food, serve individually wrapped food and drinks.

11.Transition to remote editing, color grading and audio mixing whenever possible.

12. Expect delays while filming.

   13. A more obvious one, stay home if you are sick or have symptoms, be ready for other crew members to call out as well.

Keep in mind that we are all in this together. Lower production quality or the “at home” feel is actually trendy right now. The key is to still be in front of your audience, well…. Virtually of course.

20th Jul 2020

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