Project Specific Plan:
My team and I will collaborate with each client and agency during pre-production and production to create a project specific Covid-19 safety plan that will keep our crew, client, and talent as safe as possible. We have created a set of production guidelines (according to CDC guidelines), for both photography and video, to ensure the safety of our crew and clients so that we can all give it our best shot to get back into production mode, safely.
The guidelines we have provided are not intended to create any new legal or contractual obligations. The ideas are advisory in nature and informational in content. They are not meant to be a perfect fit for every job, but used to identify the risk levels related to each project and to determine which control measures to implement for a specific project. During pre-production we will consider together with all parties involved (agency, client, location agencies/managers, location scouts, casting agencies, art department, electric and grip, camera crew, wardrobe and HMU) what the safest and most logical approach would be, all depending on what the shoot requires. Different jobs will require different approaches and scales of measurement.
These recommendations will continue to evolve with the pandemic situation, the government, and the CDC guidelines, as well as with the county regulations where the shoot will take place.
The Nimble Approach – Involving as few hands as possible:
For the last few years my team and I have been working on streamlining our production efforts to best fit the changing industry with developing a very nimble approach to generating awesome content. We have reduced the amount of hands involved in all aspects of our productions, both for efficiency, cost, and contagion. As a result, we create high-quality marketing assets through our integrated productions, creating coherent content for all online platforms. This approach works great with reducing the Covid-19 contagion as well. We have a team in place that have researched all avenues of safety protocols and how to best run a safe production according to CDC and industry guidelines. We take the situation very seriously!
During pre-production we will create a shoot plan with our creatives that require the smallest possible crew, the smallest number of talent, and as few client representatives on set as possible, if any at all. If need be, we will provide virtual technology for agency and clients to collaborate virtually and give us feedback in real time, without being on set.
Self-Reporting & Screening for Symptoms:
We will contact all participants in the shoot via text message the day of the shoot to confirm that they do not have symptoms of Covid-19 using the CDC Self Screening Guidelines. Anyone who reports symptoms will not participate in the shoot. We will check all participants temperature when they arrive on set with a non-contact infrared thermometer, anyone who presents a temperature of 100˚F or more will not
participate in the shoot and be asked to leave the premises. This temperature check is required, and if necessary, the shoot will be rescheduled.
• Require anyone who feels sick to stay home.
• Temperature checks upon arrival.
• Maintain social distancing of no less than 6+ feet whenever possible.
• Utilize appropriate PPE at all times, including masks that cover the nose and mouth.
• Require frequent and thorough hand washing by all participants.
• If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol hand cleanser will be provided.
• Essential personnel only on set.
• Observe respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
• Make sure that PPE is consistently and properly worn, inspected, maintained, replaced.
• Require PPE to be properly removed, cleaned, and safely disposed off in order to avoid contamination of self, others, and the work environment.
• Maintain regular housekeeping practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.
• Consider who may effectively be able to work from home during prep, shoot, and post.
• Put down an item for pick up, rather than ‘handing off’ to someone when possible.
• Stagger call times, department by department, and for talent, throughout the shoot.
• Build in time in the schedule for one department to “step in step out” at a time.
• Pad the schedule assuming we need more time to get everything done.
More detailed and specific guidelines will be emailed upon booking of jobs.