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Bounce Video Coronavirus: Covid-19 social distancing filming policy

As of Thursday 5th November 2020, Bounce is open and continuing to film during the national lockdown.  We are following guidance from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport who advise that film and TV production may continue as a sector where working from home is not possible. We will continue to film under our Covid-19 health and safety policy. We have drawn up these guidelines in order to comply with the government’s social distancing recommendations to protect the health of our clients, staff, and filming participants, and to support the national effort to prevent the spread of the virus.

Pre and Post-Production

Home Working
Our offices will remain closed and our team will continue to work from home for all pre and post-production activities, apart from filming.

Filming

Briefing
Covid-19 filming procedures must be emailed to clients and filming participants in advance of the shoot.

Temperature checks
Crew must carry out temperature checks before filming and must not attend if they show symptoms of either a new dry cough or a fever/temperature.

Travel procedures
Where filming locations are under three hours from base, the production team will drive to shoots. Team members must travel in separate cars in order to maintain social distancing. Where public transport needs to be used, social distancing must be maintained, where possible, and masks must be warn.

Crew numbers
A maximum of two crew members (director and camera operator) will be allowed on shoots.

Social distance filming procedures
When carrying out filming, a social distance of 2 meters must be kept between the crew and clients/filming participants, at all times. When filming indoors larger rooms must be used where social distancing is possible.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Face coverings must be worn by crew members at all times when filming indoors.

Hand washing and sanitiser gel
Regular hand washing will be carried out by crew. Alcohol-based hand sanitiser will supplied where hand washing is not possible.

Cross contamination
Crew must not accept drinks or food from clients or film participants. Clients and participants must not touch the filming equipment or help carry the kit bags. Where possible, only the camera operator will handle/carry kit. Where kit does need to be handled by the director, eg when carrying the tripod outside, surgical gloves must be worn.

Use of microphones
All sound will now be recorded using overhead boom mics. Mics will be mounted on stands and put into position whilst maintaining social distancing. In the rare instance of personal microphones being used (eg for windy scenarios or walking and talking shots) personal mics must be disinfected and placed on the ground or table for the participants to collect and put on themselves.

Make up
Crew will no longer be able to supply or apply make-up to filming participants. Where possible, participants will supply with own make up (powder to reduce shine). Where make up is not available, a powder and brush may be ordered online for the participants in advance of the shoot.