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On-set production recommendations during COVID-19
On-set production recommendations during COVID-19
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Written by Alex Kolodkin
Updated over a week ago

Note: Set Scouter recommends production teams follow municipal, provincial/state, or federal guidelines on stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Communicate health and safety processes with all departments. We anticipate an increase of coordination between departments to keep everyone safe. Set Scouter suggests the following:

General Suggestions

  • Limit the crew on set to essential members only.

  • For multi-day shoots, monitor changes in cast and crew temperatures. Temperature checks can be done at the beginning of the day and after lunch. Use an identifier for crew members that clear the screening (i.e. green sticker, hand stamp, etc).

  • If anyone on set starts to feel unwell, send them home immediately.

  • All crew should wear a face cover while working.

Prepping your Location

  • Hand washing and sanitation guides should be posted throughout locations (i.e. bathrooms, make-up rooms, wardrobe, etc.)

  • We recommend having one individual put up and take down all signage.

  • Provide hand washing stations throughout locations. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol based hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.

  • Put 6 foot floor markings in high traffic areas.

  • If washroom use is a concern for the location, consider outdoor toilets and sinks.

  • Your location prep should include cleaning and properly sanitizing the location for the health and safety of your crew. If you’re not able to coordinate this internally, consider hiring a professional cleaner.

Cleanliness on Set

  • Locations should be thoroughly sanitized before and after use. Choose disinfectants carefully to avoid damaging surfaces.

  • Cleaning should be undertaken throughout the shoot day, especially in high touch points and common areas such as bathrooms, craft tables and make-up areas.

  • Assign one individual (or an individual for each department) to be responsible for constant wipe downs of regularly used surfaces.

  • During breaks in activity, gear and props should be disinfected.

  • Require frequent hand washing by all personnel on set.

  • Avoid touching or using any unnecessary surfaces or items at the location.

Social Distancing and Cross Contamination

  • Minimize the number of crew touching the same items. Overall, strive for consistency regarding which props or equipment are being handled by whom.

  • Crew should maintain a 6 foot distance from each other when possible.

  • Crew should not share phones or personal work tools.

  • If possible, only have one department in a work area at a time.

  • Consider using larger tents with portable AC or heat in lieu of trailers or motorhomes for cast and crew.

  • Boom microphones should be used when possible. If a microphone is in close contact with a cast member, it should be disinfected before and after use, and clearly labelled with their name.

Make-up Artists

  • Make-up artists should be fully equipped, with a face cover, gloves and eye protection.

  • Make-up departments should use single use brushes and applicators. All other equipment should undergo deep cleaning prior and post any shoot.

  • Make-up artists should wash their hands with soap before and after each session.

  • When possible, talent should undertake their own make-up “minor touch ups” throughout shooting to help the make-up artist avoid contact with the talent’s perspiration.

  • Avoid hair and make-up for background actors when possible.

Art & Wardrobe Department

  • Wardrobe department members should be equipped with a face cover and gloves.

  • Gloves should be worn while touching clothing, props or any other items being used by the actors or placed on set.

  • The art department should be the only ones touching props and clothing.

  • Consider bagging up costumes and clothing individually, per performer.

  • Art department should ensure that all props and surfaces on the set are kept clean throughout the shoot.

Craft and Catering

  • Ensure the caterer has sufficient safety and hygiene practices in place.

  • Eliminate self serve options (including snacks, like fruit trays) and choose box lunches when possible.

  • Consider staggering lunch for different departments to help keep social distancing measures in place.

  • Require that all personnel wash their hands before entering the craft services area.

  • Cast and crew should be welcome to bring their own food (if that is their preference).

  • Water bottles should be labelled for each crew member, to avoid cross contamination

  • Individually wrapped cutlery (or similar) is recommended.

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