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GUEST BLOG: How to safely film during a global crisis

Here at Scriba HQ, we strive to fill the pages of our blog with plenty of thought-provoking content, and this week, it’s time to pass the baton on to friend of the business Paul Broadie, director of production company, Manto.

Specialising in working with brands to produce exciting promotional and educational video content, the COVID-19 crisis has led to some significant shifts in the way his business now operates.

Read on to discover how the outbreak has diversified operations – and what companies should be considering when providing a safe working environment…

Throughout lockdown, most of our filming has been more or less impossible and so we’ve had to shift the focus elsewhere. With government restrictions easing, we’re excited about the shooting opportunities that are now becoming available – but are taking a cautious, safety-first approach.

When thinking about a new way of working, below are some of the things that we’re rolling out as a firm, and also what other companies thinking about video content can consider for their own operations.

Firstly, if you have an idea for video it’s important that a specialist firm helps you to work out the best way to communicate your message. For example, it may be that filming isn’t necessary and instead you could diversify your visual concept, so the content becomes:

  • Animation
  • Motion graphics
  • Re-edited footage that has been previously filmed
  • Remotely recorded content

If it’s footage you want – and soon – there are several steps you can take to ensure your set remains safe…

These are the steps we’re taking so that we ensure a safer working environment.

  1. Limiting crew numbers

We’re working with a smaller workforce during this period. Where possible, it’ll only be one director/camera operator who will bring all their own equipment.

If the shoot is dependent on it, we may consider a second crew member. And the personnel would operate entirely independently.

  1. Specifically considering people who are ‘higher risk’

Those who fall into one of the vulnerable groups – or live in a household where people are in the clinically, extremely vulnerable category – should have their participation considered very carefully. If it’s deemed appropriate they should be present, it’s important to run through any additional precautions, and apply them.

My advice would be that anyone who falls into any of these vulnerable groups should be exempt while filming is taking place.

  1. Heightening precautions for everyonePaul Broadie 2 300x200 GUEST BLOG: How to safely film during a global crisis

It is essential that participants – and the crew – all applies good practice in terms of social distancing and hygiene. Like many firms, we adhere to the government’s guidelines of washing your hands, more often, for 20 seconds – and regularly using hand sanitiser when soap and water is unavailable.

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms – or who might be living with someone who has them – must remain at home and self-isolate, in accordance with the current regulations. On the day of production, we’ll provide confirmation that our team are free from symptoms, and require the same from anyone else who is to be present during filming.

  1. Maintaining social distancing

We’ll be following the advice and ensuring we keep two metres apart at all times. To facilitate this, outdoor filming is ideal – if the weather permits. Alternatively, if we’re filming indoors, we aim to use large, open plan spaces.

Additionally, we’ll agree a policy with the participants to follow any PPE guidelines – depending upon the environment we’re planning to film in.

  1. Continuing to evolve practices

This way of working is new to us and the government is releasing updated guidance regularly. So, it’s important for us to continue monitoring practices and internally review the best ways to continue to work in a safe manner.

Anyone with filming questions should contact: