We are pleased to be able to continue to provide our full range of services, but like most businesses we have had to adapt the way we work to ensure the safety of both our staff and clients.
The good news is that the majority of our work can be carried out remotely without the need for any social interaction, but in situations where this is not possible, for example when shooting live action video, we have prepared new safety procedures under the guidance of the government.
We want our clients to feel confident about continuing to commission live action TV and video commercials, so we have detailed our new filming practices and guidelines below;
- A minimum of 2m separation must be maintained between individuals. In situations where crew will need to be closer than 2m (i.e. when handling/operating equipment), then appropriate PPE (gloves and face masks) will be worn and the activity should be done side by side, or facing away from each other, rather than face to face if possible.
- In the JMS film studio, we have put markings down on the floor to help people maintain the 2m distancing rule.
- All crew, contributors and participants must sanitise their hands every time they enter or exit the film studio, JMS main office or shoot location. Sanitiser will be available at each entry/exit point. It is essential everyone involved with the production applies good practice in terms of hand hygiene – regularly washing or sanitising their hands.
- JMS frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are regularly touched (e.g. door handles, worktops etc.)
- All equipment is wiped down at the beginning and end of each shoot/session. If equipment has had to pass between different users, then it is wiped down after each use.
- Equipment will be assigned to a designated member of crew and it will be their responsibility to handle that equipment – no other person should touch or handle equipment that has not been assigned to them. Personal equipment, such as that owned by a freelancer, will be handled solely by the individual that owns it. Where equipment requires more than one person to operate or handle it, then gloves and face masks will need to be worn by the crew.
- A Fresh pair of disposable gloves will be used each time a crew member is required to touch/handle a piece of equipment that comes into contact with other crew members or participants (e.g. camera, radio mics, props etc.).
- JMS will use local crew and talent where possible, to minimise travel and spread.
- We will keep crew to a minimum on set.
- Remote video links will be used where required. For example, to keep people to a minimum on set, it may not be necessary for a client to physically attend a shoot, therefore we can set up remote systems to video link with a client – so they can have a live stream of what we are filming and still give feedback.
- If the recording of sound is required, then the use of an extended boom or fixed microphones will be implemented to avoid contact and maintain a 2m distance. Where radio mic’ing is essential for capturing sound, then individual mics will be assigned to each contributor (presenter, actor, interviewee etc.) and instructions will be given on how to mic themselves up.
- Crew, contributors and participants will all have their temperature taken on the morning of a shoot. If their temperature is 37.8C or greater then they will not be able to work.
- Actors will be asked to bring their own cosmetics for hair and makeup, JMS will purchase make up in advance and send directly to an individual. Where possible, actors should carry out their own makeup under supervision and instruction of the hair & makeup artist. Where this is not possible, then appropriate PPE will be worn.
- Props and costumes will be individually stored for each actor to avoid any contact between items and will be frequently cleaned where necessary.
- Where a scene involves filming more than one actor, then a 2m distance will be maintained at all times between the actors (unless they are from the same household). Ahead of any filming, concepts and scripts will be carefully thought out to avoid/limit contact between actors. JMS will look at more creative options and alternative ways to make it appear as if actors are interacting closer together, such as clever camera angles, green screen etc