The COVID-19 pandemic has had a wide ranging impact on the film and video production industry. Rules and impacts keep changing. This page is designed to help keep you informed while planning a production, before stepping on the set.
Down times provide a great opportunity to work on improving your skills. Please check our Resources page for educational topics, and other links of interest.
COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS REVISED AND EXTENDED
In June, Hollywood’s major production companies and key unions agreed to REVISE and extend Covid safety protocols for TV and film production until September 30th.
The revision essentially revolves around Covid trigger numbers that decide if stricter or less stricter protocols are to be followed. It also alters the types of testing allowed for cast and crew based on what protocols you end up using.
IF the covid transmission rate (aka “r-naught”) is above 1.1 for a 7 consecutive day period and the new case count is at or above 10 per 100,000 for that same period, STRICTER PROTOCOLS go into effect.
In a LESS STRICT protocol, cast and crew can use OTC antigen tests to satisfy testing requirements in some cases.
Official Covid “R-Naught” numbers site (add zip code:) - www.covidactnow.org
SAG/AFTRA Revision - www.sagaftra.org/news-events/news/covid-19/safety-first
Safe Sets International Resources (includes US)
City of San Diego Special Events and Filming Department:
Brandy Shimabukuro, Film Liaison | Filming Program Manager
T (619) 685-1340 C (619) 846-2099
County of San Diego Safe Reopening Plan
“THE WHITE PAPER” from June 1, 2020: Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers “Industry-Wide Labor- Management Safety Committee Task Force” Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television, and Streaming Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
"THE SAFE WAY FORWARD" Aj Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamster's Committees for DOVID-19 Safety Guidelines
California requires employers to have a COVID COMPLIANCE PLAN
ACCESS to DOWNLOADABLE TEMPLATE: https://www.safeatworkca.com/safety-articles/covid-19-prevention-planning/
The template is an editable Word document
AMERICAN FILM MARKET
City of San Diego COVID-19 Resources, Posters, and Materials
California Statewide Industry-Specific Resources
California Film Commission | Financial Assistance Resources
Become a COVID-19 Compliance Officer (C19CO) for your productions.
Safe Sets International
How do you come up with a union-compliant COVID-19 safety protocol in the middle of a pandemic?
6 Things to Think About When Safeguarding Your Film Set from COVID-19
California Statewide Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk (scroll down to the Music, film, and TV production blade)
Coronavirus Spike Puts Hollywood’s Back-to-Work Plans in Serious Jeopardy
- Everything You Need to Know About Being (or Hiring) an On-Set COVID-19 Compliance Supervisor
- Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers submitted their White Paper “Industry-Wide Labor Management Safety Committee Task Force”
- DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’ Committees COVID-19 Safety Guidelines called “The Safe Way Forward”
- Check Out Hollywood's 22-Page Guide for Returning to Production Amid COVID-19
- Lionsgate Production Guidelines
- Georgia’s Production Guidelines
- European Production Guidelines (via Hollywood Reporter)
Lack Of Movies, Covid-19 Surge Again Delay Reopening For Top Three U.S. Theater Chains