The leaked list of protocols reportedly include provisions for a coronavirus supervisor, who has the authority to stop work if a set becomes unsafe, on every production, and at daily briefings.
- May 7, 2020
AceShowbiz – Film crew members will have to take coronavirus safety training two days before a shoot, according to a leaked list of British Film Commission protocols aimed at kickstarting the industry after the coronavirus shutdown.
The BFC’s new Film And TV Production Codes of Practice document, drawn up to provide government officials with details about a safe return to work, has been obtained by Deadline.
It will be subject to scrutiny over the next 10 days, but early guidelines for the filming of big budget movies and TV series like “The Batman” and “The Witcher” include provisions for a COVID-19 supervisor, who has the authority to stop work if a set becomes unsafe, on every production, and at daily briefings.
Set coordinators will also be required to hang posters on walls reminding cast and crew to wash their hands and keep their distance, and extra security has been suggested to manage set perimeters.
Under the new protocols, cast and crew will be forced to undergo pre-shoot health screenings and there will be temperature checks twice a day, while producers have been asked to provide support for heightened stress and anxiety.
Meanwhile, communal food preparation, storage and serving will be banned and communal spaces, such as toilets and dressing rooms, should be cleaned daily. Sets should be locked down when not in use.
Filmmakers will also be asked to cut down on crowd scenes, using computer generated imagery where possible to reduce the number of supporting artists on set.
The official guidelines will be presented by BFC bosses later this month, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make his decision on when to end the film industry shutdown.
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