[update: May 2020]
Are we on the road to recovery?
Since the introduction of COVID-19 into our world, we’ve watched from our living rooms as the economic engine of the world almost ground to a halt. Industries were sidelined overnight. People suddenly found themselves out of work with little idea of when life would resume again. But in recent days, many states began looking toward reopening as governors across the country laid out their plans to restart the economy and lift restrictions. As of Friday, May 15th Maryland’s Governor Hogan lifted the stay at home allowing many businesses to begin operating again — albeit on a limited basis — but still, it’s progress. This news offers a huge sigh of relief to many of us who have been wondering…when will we begin again?
So now we turn toward the coming months. With long sunny days and warm weather, it’s a perfect time to start thinking about marketing videos and video production. But these thoughts might lead people to wonder about safety and health measures surrounding set life. How do production companies keep people safe and maintain CDC guidelines? Well, we are here to help answer that question and hopefully offer some insight into what to expect.
New Video Production Safety Guidelines
In an effort to protect our clients and crew from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Early Light Media is continuing to establish new policies and practices to provide a safe working environment for all productions.
- Only essential cast and crew will be allowed on set and productions must be kept to 10 people maximum, including cast and crew.
- Maintain 6 feet apart at all times whenever possible and avoid any unnecessary physical contact.
- No crew member should be near cast, unless they are part of the Hair, Makeup, Sound, or Wardrobe Departments.
- The entire set and all equipment must be disinfected by the production team prior to having additional cast and crew on set.
- All crew members are required to wear masks.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available on set.
- Cast and crew will be required to frequently wash their hands and/or apply hand sanitizer if hand washing stations are not available.
- Sets, props, wardrobe, workstations, and other commonly touched items will be disinfected frequently.
- All cast and crew will be required to sign the production safety guidelines and adhere to the policies and procedures.
- Pre-screen of all cast and crew ahead of showing up to set, anyone with symptoms or who has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual may not be permitted on set.
- No admittance for symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough. Anyone who develops symptoms during production will be required to leave immediately.
- All cast and crew will be asked to take their temperature before showing up to set.
- The production will be planned to include the minimum number of crew members needed for the shoot.
- The camera is at least six feet away from people and no mics are put on anyone. Instead, we hang a boom pole that never needs to be touched except by our team.
- The boom mic is wiped down before and after interviews.
- We try to film outdoors whenever possible but can be tricky if the weather is a problem. If we do shoot indoors, we find an area that can easily be controlled and kept clean.
We are entering into a new era in film production in which flexibility and compassion need to be in the forefront of everything from development through delivery. Our goal is to make sure that everyone feels safe and respected on set.
If you are interested in booking production for this summer but have additional questions about the measures we are taking to ensure safety, please reach out and connect.
[update: April 2020]
We are still open for business. We’re sure you’re like us, trying to figure things out in this quickly changing landscape of economic, safety, and health turmoil. We are too. We are not taking this lightly and following all state and federal guidelines to keep our fellow people safe. We’re adapting daily, as everyone is, but are still finding ways of offering video, animation, and motion graphics. Some of those are outlined below. We’re with you. We’re here if you need us.
- Video Editing: We can repurpose your existing footage, use our massive in-house stock library, or in some cases give a pro look to your phone or tablet video.
- Controlled Shoots: Depending on the current status of COVID-19, we can film in small shoots in our controlled studio environment or elsewhere on a case-by-case basis.
- Motion Graphics & Animation: Either use motion typography and icons or character animation.
- Live Streaming: Whether you are live streaming interviews with the media or want to stream a recorded video live, we got you! Check out this article we wrote on how to live stream a recorded video through restream.io.
[update: September 2020]
Hey world – Can you believe it is September and kids are back in school? We are still using all precautions and following state and federal guidelines as seen above, as well as our own COVID protections on set for the well being of our clients and our team. The biggest update, however, is that we have decided to work remotely on a full-time basis. I’m sure we’ll be back in a central location in no time, but things have actually been operating very smoothly without any interruptions so we’ve decided to make it the norm for a while. We’ll see how it goes. We’re offering everything we have always offered. Come to us with your projects. We’re excited to be working and serving you. Stay safe.
Contact us if we can help you in any way during this chaotic time. #loveeachother