Wild Agency Video Production Guidelines for COVID-19
Below is a set of guidelines created to provide a safe working environment for crew members and video production teams operating during the COVID-19 outbreak.
At Wild Agency, our mission is to promote safety and improve the general well being of our team and clients during production. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are consistently adding to these guidelines, as well as adhering to best practices stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state government mandates.
For any team members preparing to work on a Wild Agency production, please read the following guidelines and confirm that you understand and accept each statement:
For Team Members Before Accepting a Production Role
- I’m aware of COVID-19 symptoms and I have the ability to identify them among others and myself.
- I will refuse a production role if it risks my health and the health of others due to COVID-19 or any unsafe practices.
- If I am showing symptoms of COVID-19, I will not accept a production role.
- I understand the overall risks of production in the chosen work area where such environments and modes of travel may involve…
-Areas of a dense population (cities, towns, neighborhoods)
-Personal homes and living quarters
-Nursing homes and hospitals
-Factories and companies
-Prisons and detention centers
-Cars, airports, buses, trains, and cruise ships
Before Production Begins with Wild Agency
Before Wild Agency begins a production, there will be a mandatory team meeting that outlines COVID-19 health and safety measures, as well as indicators of identifying COVID-19 symptoms among others.
All team members will be instructed about COVID-19 risk factors, and team members will also be subject to disclose any personal health issues that may be exacerbated by COVID-19. Such health risks that may lead to contracting COVID-19 include…
- Respiratory issues (asthma, chronic lung disease, etc.)
- Heart conditions (history of heart attacks or heart surgeries)
- Obesity (Severe weight gain with a BMI greater than 40)
- Kidney disease (dialysis) or Liver disease
- Anyone over the age of 65
In addition to these risk factors, all team members must follow recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) in terms of quarantine protocols after production ends. This means following a two-week, self-quarantine if a team member has been exposed to…
- An area with a high risk of COVID-19 infections
- Close contact with an individual who has contracted COVID-19
- Another team member on production contracts COVID-19 on the job
It should be noted that if a team member tests negative for COVID-19, they may end their two-week quarantine. However, it is still recommended to use the two-week buffer to ensure the disease doesn’t spread.
All team members should make themselves aware of all nearby medical facilities that can treat them for COVID-19 if they become ill during or after production. Also, Wild Agency, and the production client, are not held responsible if a team member contracts COVID-19 or experiences any injuries during production.
All team members must make it their responsibility to understand their health insurance coverage to coordinate treatment for illness or injuries within their immediate location.
During Production with Wild Agency
During production with Wild Agency, all team members must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, and wear a pair of gloves with a minimum of a single protective layer. Wild Agency also encourages team members to bring additional masks and gloves in case any become lost or damaged during production.
Here are instructions from the CDC regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety regulations when wearing them.
To ensure safety among interaction with filming subjects and to promote the well being of each team member’s personal health, the following rules must be followed when out in public:
- All team members must wash their hands frequently or use hand sanitizer on a regular basis if a handwashing station isn’t available.
- Team members must not hug, shake hands, or bump fists or elbows with anyone else.
- If team members are filming in high-risk environments, then they must wear additional layers of clothing or a bodysuit and goggles (If available).
- Team members must maintain a distance of 6ft away from other production staff or people in public.
- All equipment must be cleaned and disinfected before, during, and after each shoot day.
These same rules apply to filming subjects during interviews. However, additional rules for production members include…
- Film crews should use zoom lenses to achieve shots close-up, rather than breaking social distancing rules with prime lenses.
- All microphones for subjects must have windscreens on them (If available)
- Film crews will not apply microphones to subjects, but rather, they will instruct them on how to mic themselves.
- If the situation allows, film crews are encouraged to use boom mics to capture audio in order to maintain social distancing measures.
- All microphones and film/audio equipment must be cleaned and disinfected before being used on another filming subject.
- All interview subjects must sign a release form, agreeing that they acknowledge the risk of being filmed and exposing themselves to the production crew, as well as the general public.
After Production with Wild Agency
Once production with Wild Agency wraps, all team members should travel back to their respective homes and dispose of their PPE. They should also wash their clothes and practice good hygiene to clean themselves and lower the risk of spreading possible COVID-19 infections in their homes.
Along with disinfecting and cleaning inside their homes, team members should also deep clean their cars or any other equipment used during production and travel.
Over the coming days/weeks, Wild Agency will perform routine check-ins with production members to see how they’re feeling during their two-week quarantine. If anyone exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 or is diagnosed with COVID-19 after production, Wild Agency will notify other team members to help eliminate the possible spread of the virus as soon as possible.