When it comes to working on set, cleanliness, and safety is not optional. A clean workspace promotes health, ensures your cast and crew are safe, gives a professional appeal to your brand, and it contributes to the general performance of the team. As your production set gets large, paying attention to details like keeping the work environment clean and organized can save you time and effort.
Most of us are familiar with what shooting a film can be like, especially while working on a big production, we know it can be messy at times because it involves tons of people, moving around with tools here and there. Some of these tools are sharp, some hot lights, surging electricity, wires, and some heavy equipment. It might seem impossible to maintain a clean environment during production, but that is why we are here to help you see it is not as tough as it looks. During production, your workspace can be a safe and orderly place as you practice the tips we will be sharing with you below:
1. Have a Plan
As a film or TV director, it is good practice to plan for the safety of your team and the cleanliness of your workspace before production begins. Taking it into consideration will help you decide if you will need to hire a professional cleaning service or have measures you can oversee to ensure your cast and crew are following the safety guidelines. While planning for production, you can decide to tape down your cables, so that people do not trip on them, you should consider taking a tech scout around your filming locations to locate hazards, power sources, and escape exits in case of an emergency, etc. You may also want to assign someone who will see to it that tools and machines are not blocking exits and doorways-incase of an emergency. If fewer people would touch the same items, this could mean you will have to plan for additional gears. Also, consider renting more vehicles to allow distance between seats, and when choosing the filming location, you should examine the size and space. Having a good plan and a proper reporting system will keep your team alert and awaken them to the need for cleanliness and safety despite the nature and demands of production.
2. Utilize Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.
With the advent of social distancing and Covid-19, cleanliness and safety has become a priority to everyone. Your cast and crew are concerned about their safety, and they'll be more relaxed to work in a safe and clean place. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is worn to protect the user from safety or health risk at work. Some of the personal protective equipment your cast and crew will have to use are nose masks, gloves, face shields, etc. Also, simple details such as: having litter baskets where the cast and crew can dispose of their hand gloves, mounting safety and cleaning signs to remind them of the need to stay safe, ensuring production crew wears a mask at all times on set, making sure gloves are used and changed frequently while handling equipments, and PPE is used for the duration of person-person contact for those working in the sound and make-up department, all these will enhance the safety of everyone on set.
A clean and healthy production set should have a proper labeling system-with this in place, there's no need to describe the size of the equipment, what it looks like or what is in it. Labeling can be as easy as using a tag on a mic with the name of the user, keeping equipment in dedicated places, etc. Likewise, the box containing hardware (nuts, washers, and everything needed to mount the camera) can be number 5, and smaller boxes similar to it can be tagged 5a, 5b, etc. So that when the need arises, you can communicate with your team members by saying, "bring me box 5." This system of labeling eliminates confusion and keeps production set clean, safe, and orderly.
In our previous article, we discussed LA reopening for film and TV production, and we went further to discuss what's next? While production is resuming fully in the state and other regions, these tips will help you ensure the production set is safe for both the cast and crew.