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Film Florida Releases Detailed Recommendations For Safe Sets In Era Of COVID-19

Put out on Thursday, April 30, the six-page document from the statewide trade association features 161 recommendations for “clean & healthy” film, TV and digital production sets that spells the possible end of the signature canvas director’s chairs and ubiquitous actors trailers, and the introduction of personalized mics and hairbrushes as well as clear barriers for actors on stage, along with reducing the number of takes. This is believed to be the first comprehensive safe-set guide in the U.S.,

  • Eliminate directors chairs for plastic chairs as they are easier to disinfect.

  • Once production starts, the director should limit takes to make sets more efficient and result in less standing around/congregating time.

  • Consider a temporary clear barrier between actors while establishing marks and positions and remove at the last moment.

  • Consider utilizing larger tents with portable A/C or heat in lieu of trailers/motorhomes.

  • Eliminate “open calls” and give everyone assigned window to arrive.

  • During in-person group auditions, actors can wear clear face shields and gloves, or maintain social distancing.

  • Attempt to limit number of people in a passenger van to 2 passengers at one time.

  • Use gloves and mask when looking through garments in rental houses and retail stores.

  • Disinfect jewelry and glasses in between use.

  • Face shield should be worn by the Make-up Artist or Hair Stylist.

  • Use disposable make-up kits and brushes and dispose of the kit after each application.

  • Possibly assign brush / combs to each actor so not to cross contaminate.

  • Label mics with the name of the user.

  • Utilize boom-only audio when possible

  • Have one individual put up and take down all location signs.

  • If distributing hard copy scripts/sides, dispose of paper after each reading.

  • For intimate scenes, talent should have to test negative for the virus and show results.