LONDON: Christened “Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production,” the guide is the result of more than three weeks of intense reflection by entertainment industry professionals aimed at kickstarting a return to work in the screen sector.
Compliance with its recommendations is not obligatory but should offer a reassurance to film crews that they are benefiting from the latest government advice.
The suspension of work on “The Batman” with Robert Pattinson and “Jurassic World: Dominion” with Chris Pratt will soon be coming to an end. The United Kingdom intends to authorise filming on its territory quickly notwithstanding the Covid-19 pandemic.
In response to the crisis facing the film and television industry, the British government and health agencies have endorsed a set of recommendations to ensure that productions can resume safely.
The shooting in the UK of several series such as “Sex Education” and “The Witcher” as well as much-anticipated films such as “The Batman” and “Jurassic World: Dominion” has been suspended due to the coronavirus since mid-March.
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Developed by the British Film Commission and the British Film Institute, the goal of the “Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production” guide is to help prevent the exposure of production teams to risks related to the pandemic.
Although compliance with the guide’s recommendations is not mandatory, their implementation will be helpful in obtaining authorisations and reassuring production studios.
Included in the 44-page document are recommendations for Covid-19 health and safety training, health checks and diagnostic testing, respect for physical distancing, social distancing on board aircraft, the reduction of the number of people on sets, limits on attendances at meetings and shoots involving crowds etc.
A first draft of the guide was initially presented in early May before being extensively reworked in the course of consultations between the studios and other industry players.
A rapid return to work is viewed as essential in the British film and television sector, which according to figures cited by the Chief Executive of the British Film Institute, Ben Roberts, employs 166,200 people in the country.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the specialist training organisation Screenskills will be offering free courses on the application of the new recommendations, which are set to begin in July.
In France, health and safety recommendations for film and advertising audiovisual productions were published in May by the national body for health, safety and working conditions in the audio-visual industry.