COVID-safety filming guidelines for student projects
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, TV, film, and other media productions had to adapt the way they were made so they could keep everyone safe. We led a project to create COVID-safety filming guidelines specially tailored to higher and further education students on screen-related courses, as well as academics and support staff.
The student guidelines cover every aspect of filmmaking, including camerawork, directing, lighting, post-production, hair and make-up, and costume. They look at different genres and formats, advising on how to cast and rehearse while socially distancing, and maintain good mental health among cast and crew.
The project was a collaboration between ScreenSkills and academics at Middlesex, Goldsmiths, Bournemouth, Ulster and Edinburgh Napier universities, with input from other educators, lawyers and scientists. Guidelines were reviewed and endorsed by TV and film industry organisations, such as the British Film Commission, Pact and UK Screen Alliance.