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03 June 2020

The Film Industry’s Post-COVID Landscape

Months have passed since the world was sentenced to a global lockdown. Currently we find these shackles loosening. And, even better, now the film industry is being released on bail, with production preparing to resume under safe conditions. A new normal is being established as things move in a positive direction.

Make no mistake, the film industry has changed forever. The return to set will be a slow and careful process, with production companies trying to find the perfect balance between preserving the health of film crews and running an efficient production. But there is reason to be optimistic. An image of how future shoots will look is starting to emerge as guidelines of how to start filming again are being developed around the world.

Of course, each film set is different, and each will require a unique risk assessment to establish the appropriate safety measures for each individual project. But, in general, many of the health and safety guidelines will be standard for every production, being split into hygiene guidelines and social distancing protocols.




  • Hygiene guidelines will centre on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all staff on site, personal disinfection with sanitiser and/or handwashing facilities present on set, disinfecting entire locations (especially work surfaces) before use, sterilising equipment, strict catering management, and information boards on set to inform the crew of all measures for preventing contagion.

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing protocols will include reducing the number of people on set to a minimum, all of whom will keep 1-2 meters apart from each other, as well as staggering call and wrap times, and enforcing safe travel measures. In addition, many companies will also have a unit manager or a health and safety inspector to ensure that the guidelines are followed effectively on set.

Sofia Panayiotaki, CEO of multi award-winning global film production house NEEDaFIXER, is one of many producers happy to see such guidelines emerge. She says that “while the landscape of the industry has completely changed, and sets may look unrecognisable from what we are accustomed to, it is great that we will be able to film again. Of course, it is of paramount importance for us to follow strict health and safety guidelines in accordance with the local government advice. But it is a small price to pay both to ensure our crews are all completely safe and to reclaim some semblance of normality by doing what we love - and creating films once again. We can’t wait to get back into it.”

By clinically following health and safety protocols, the film industry will soon ignite into action to provide you with stellar entertainment once more.

To see what such health and safety guidelines will look like, click here for NEEDaFIXER’s new Filming Guidelines.

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