How do you prepare for safe filming during a pandemic?

June 24, 2020 by Bearded Matthew

How do you prepare for safe and effective filming during a pandemic?

Let’s face it, patience for those stock footage ads is wearing thin. We are thrilled to be creating live action content for our clients again. As such, we have created a safe filming guidelines policy that are based on advice from the APA.


Here is a quick summary of what measures we put in place to prepare for a safe and effective film shoot: (When we can!)


Pre prep:

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ We complete health checks for everyone attending the shoot.Β  These take place 7 days prior to filming, on the day, and 7 days after the shoot and action is taken accordingly.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Venue is well ventilated & follows appropriate Covid-19 Guidelines before we agree to use as a location.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Backup crew are always ready incase any substitutes are needed.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Call times are staggered to avoid congestion and the production is meticulously planned. Wellbeing is paramount.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Dedicated members of staff regularly clean the equipment/ venue

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ A limited crew will be on set at one time.Β 


One set:

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ All cast and crew signs a health declaration before being allowed on set.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Cast and Crew have their temperatures taken before allowing entry.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Tape is placed on the floor prior to filming to set out the marks of 2m distance. Crew, cast and client boxes are clearly marked out to ensure everyone has a safe place to be .

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Everyone has their own separate β€˜holding spaces’ designated to wait while filming takes place.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Sanitiser stations are set up around the space beforehand and tier P.P.E will is provided and worn by all.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Clients can choose to be on set via video call or in a separate space with a remote shot of the camera to oversee the shoot.Β 

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Scenes are played back on monitors. This avoids crowding around the camera.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Open, honest communication maximised wellbeing and FUN throughout the day!Β 



πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Only one camera operator is present on set with a remote camera.Β  Filming is done in 2k or 4k and then the video size is cropped later. This means we can keep a safe distance and get the correct composition needed to make our films look great.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½Β  Studio filming consists of a filming space which includes only the subject, or product and camera operator. All other crew areΒ  away from the action area and can move between sections on a one in one out basis.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Prelight is planned prior to filming in an empty space. This allows fewer people to need to interact with each other before we film.



Contact us if you’d like the full list of measures we put in place or to know more about how we now plan campaign concepts with the pandemic in mind.

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