Going back to work during COVID-19 will be very different for everyone, especially the film industry. If you are a sole proprietor or own a production company, we’ve compiled 10 best practices to implement in order to make your crew and employees feel safe and comfortable on set.
Distribute sanitization and protective material to all members working on a set that includes but is not limited to: face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, wipes for cleaning surfaces and gloves
Take the temperature of all your crew and cast members at the beginning and end of each day.
Keep the wardrobe and makeup products in separate bags for separate characters to refrain from sharing, clean/wash any shared pieces upon each use.
Distribute individually packaged or wrapped food and beverage items to limit the sharing of communal trays, bowls or utensils.
Handle most, if not all, paperwork electronically including scripts and call sheets. Keep electronic devices for personal use if possible.
Prioritize private transportation to and from sets to avoid public transportation. Drivers and passengers should be wearing face masks and practicing sanitization measures.
Use large tents with portable A/C as opposed to motorhomes or trailers to maximize airflow and avoid confined spaces where gatherings may happen.
Implement remote work options if possible or allow a flexible work schedule to limit the amount of people on set.
Be prepared with a backup crew in case of illness.
Add a 10% to your budget in order to account for COVID-19 preventive measures.
Jill Maxcy, First AD and Health Safety Supervisor with COVID Compliance Services, addresses how they are keeping people safe on set.
These are only a few things that you can do to insure the safety and health of your production crew, staff and cast members. While these may particularly apply to the film industry, always keep in mind and remind others of CDC guidelines such as constant sanitization of common spaces, hand washing, the use of face masks and social distancing when possible.
The information used for this post is drawn from multiple sources where companies such as Netflix, HBO, Walt Disney Pictures have participated along with the Director’s Guild of America and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).