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Covid-19  Supervisor for Production

If you require a Covid-19 Supervisor for your TV & Film set contact us, see below a detailed explanation of what we cover based on UK Government Guidelines

The British Film Commission has been feeding into the government’s plans by introducing industry-wide safety protocols for high-end UK film and TV shoots. The guidelines are designed to keep sets safe from coronavirus by introducing measures including pre-shoot safety training, testing and quarantining foreign actors.


The Film and TV Production Codes of Practice underwent a period of industry consultation and published the guidance on 1st June. It is designed to be scalable for productions of different sizes and can be used alongside company-specific protocols.

Below are some of the recommendations from the guidelines.

Dream Girl Productions follow the guidelines below to ensure all projects we work on follow Government Guidelines.

Coronavirus training

  • All crew must take coronavirus safety training two days before a shoot

On-set supervision and enforcement

  • Every production should have a COVID-19 supervisor, who has the authority to stop work if it becomes unsafe

  • There should be daily briefings on best practice, with posters hung on walls and online tools made available

  • Extra security should be hired to manage exit and entry points on set

Testing and health checks

  • Cast and crew should undergo pre-shoot health screenings and have their temperature checked twice a day

  • If a member of the team displays coronavirus symptoms, they should be sent home or to their accommodation on private transport

Social distancing and mental health

  • Cast and crew should observe two-meter social distancing rules. Where this is not possible, the time people spend together should be limited and they should work back-to-back or shoulder-to-shoulder, rather than face-to-face

  • People should avoid physical contact when greeting each other, including fist and elbow bumps

  • Producers should make extra provisions for mental health, offering support for heightened stress and anxiety

Transport

  • Airlines operating appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures should be favoured

  • Domestic public transport should be a “last resort” and vehicle sharing should be limited

Quarantining for foreign cast and crew

  • Cast and crew from outside the UK should be quarantined and tested following government guidelines

  • Communication with those in quarantine should be done remotely through phone or video calls

Cast and crew on-set

  • Cast and crews should be organised into numerous cohorts so that departments are separated

  • Shoots should build in extra preparation time to allow departments to work alone, such as set dressing and lighting

  • Shared equipment should be sanitised

  • Access to shared working spaces should be limited

  • Remote communication tools should be used wherever possible

Catering

  • There should be no communal food preparation, storage or serving

  • Single-use foods and eating utensils should be encouraged

  • Mealtimes should be staggered

Workplace hygiene

  • Staff should be dedicated to cleaning all work areas

  • Communal spaces such as toilets and dressing rooms should be deep cleaned daily

  • Waste should be disposed of safely

  • Sets should be locked down when not in use

  • Personal and hired equipment should not be shared and where this is unavoidable, it should be regularly disinfected

Crowd scenes

  • Crowd scenes should be replaced with CGI where possible to reduce the number of supporting artists on set

  • Extras should be kept socially distanced, should not be facing each other and should be on set for as little time as possible

  • They should do their own hair and makeup where possible

Art department and set dressing

  • Art department crew should be given more time to sanitise props, furniture, and set dressings that come into contact with cast and crew

  • The handling of key props should be limited to the relevant actors

  • Props and decorations should be purchased online where possible

Costume department

  • Fittings should take place off-set or remotely where possible

  • Physical contact should be kept at a minimum and those involved should use PPE

  • Costumes should be hung in plastic wrappings when not in use to avoid cross-contamination

Hair and makeup

  • Keep hair and makeup stations two meters apart, and ban food and drink

  • PPE should be used to set up stations, tools should be allocated to cast members and single-use applicators will be important

  • Products should be sealed and disinfected when not in use

Locations

  • Locations should be of sufficient size to allow for social distancing and be isolated from the public

  • Locations should be scouted by one person and deep cleaned at the end of each day of shooting

  • Dressed sets should be quarantined for 72 hours before a shoot


Please click here to read the full document from the British Film Commission.