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Let's Make THIS Happen! FILM MIA's approach to production amid COVID-19

OUR PROMISE TO YOU & YOUR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

For no one, it is a secret that our industry is going to change for a long time and that it may never be the same as it was three or four months ago. That is why FILM MIA has been involved in conversations with experts, authorities, lawyers, and insurance personnel. We have been attentive to the documents issued by the Unions, Guilds, and Associations. We have been educating ourselves these last couple of months on what is fair, necessary, and abundant of caution in keeping our production sets healthy, safe, and as free of the COVID-19 hazard as possible. But that comes with the collaboration and compromise of every individual involved in the production process.

WE ARE A "GOOD FAITH" INDUSTRY

Our Film Business is based entirely on trust. Clients trust agencies, and they trust Production Companies, who trust directors, producers, DoPs, artists, and Technicians to do the best of professional work.

We all trust that the final product is going to be a piece of art and that we will be compensated as agreed and on time. But not all the time we enforce the signage os a written contract. That is because of that trust.

That same trust is now more important than ever as we put our lives in the hands of those around us, we promise to take all the preventive measures we can and to provide all the necessary instruments you will need to make our set safe, we expect from you the absolute same, give your best, and keep the sets safe, you have a family at home and so do we. Please be skeptical about your safety, be the eyes, and the voice of safety when you see something risky. Never forget WE ALL DEPEND ON YOU!

RISKS on THE FILM INDUSTRY

On its publication 3990, OSHA (The Occupational, Safety and Hazard Administration), categorized the risks pertaining to Coronavirus into four groups. The level of risk depends in part on the industry type, need for contact within 6 feet of people known to be, or suspected of being, infected with SARS-CoV-2, or requirement for repeated or extended contact with persons known to be, or suspected of being, infected with SARS-CoV-2. To help employers determine appropriate precautions, OSHA has divided job tasks into the following risk exposure levels: very high, high, medium, and lower risk. The Occupational Risk Pyramid shows the four exposure risk levels in the shape of a pyramid representing the probability of distribution of risk. Most American workers will likely fall in the lower exposure risk (caution) or medium exposure risk levels. While the Film Industry falls onto the LOW EXPOSURE RISK. Film MIA LLC will, on its jobs, apply precautionary measures for the "Medium Exposure Risk" and will encourage other clients to do the same.

WHAT WILL FILM MIA DO TO PROTECT ME?

PRE-PRODUCTION

  • FILM MIA will plan and encourage clients to hold most of the stages of pre-production using the advantages of digital telecommunications.
  • We will hire only local crew where possible and will recommend that clients work remotely or travel safely and to reduce the traveling team to the absolute minimum.
  • We are implementing Rapid VIRAL NASAL Tests, for our productions when possible, these give results in about 10 hours and tell us if individuals are Positive or Negative for COVID-19, and if they have develop Antibodys for the virus.

ON SET PRECAUTIONS

  • NO, we are not all going to look like this on sets. But we will provide KN95 masks, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizer or wash stations when arriving to sets.
  • Also, FILM MIA will arrange (when allowed by location) a bio-chemical disinfecting crew to arrive the day before a shoot to perform a safe cleaning of surfaces.
  • We will also require that every motorhome, portable restroom and mobile office, is appropriately disinfected with an EPA registred Human Coronavirus disinfectant, and arrives to set sealed.
  • On set, we will have an OSHA certified Health and Environmental Safety Supervisor to assist with overseeing preventive measures.
  • A medic will be present on every set, explicitly assigned to monitor the temperatures and to identify possible sicknesses.
  • All sets now have a designated social distancing area with tables that seat 2 people at 6ft away.
  • All surfaces, door handles, tables etc are being disinfected continuesly during shoot days.
  • All Meals are being served in individual packages and all crafty is served by one person, not shared coolers, coffee stations or crafty stations.

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU

These new ways of production will require patience and mutual respect. The unique aspects of our multifaceted industry make us all depend now more than ever on each one of the team members.

Our basic request to you is: Be a responsible adult, and keep in mind that, ultimately, you have to be safe when you return home to your loved ones. Obey the Civil and Industrial regulations regarding hygiene, social distancing, and consider applying as many (if not all) recommendations that could prevent you or others from becoming infected, more specifically:

  • Familiarize yourself with the current Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 information.
  • Please fill up our Health Questionnaire with the absolute truth and honesty.
  • Self-monitor for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and report to your department head if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Utilize PPE, including but not limited to masks that cover the nose and mouth, face shields, goggles, gloves, finger cots, etc. as needed or required.
  • Replace PPE as necessary.
  • Dispose, clean, or store PPE properly.
  • Limit physical presence on set to essential personnel and move to a different area.
  • Maintain good ventilation. Keep windows and doors open when possible, but open at least periodically to cycle the air.
  • Maintain a social distance of a minimum of 6 feet whenever possible.
  • Masks should be worn in the presence of others and required when 6 foot social distance is not possible.
  • Maintain personal hygiene and follow CDC advice (i.e., sneeze or cough into the elbow or tissue).
  • Work with the producer and department heads to follow proper sanitary guidelines.
  • Maintain regular housekeeping practices in your immediate space, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.
  • Use appropriate disinfectant to avoid damaging surfaces.
  • Use your cell phone as opposed to a landline.
  • Park and move your own car.
  • Use personal/reusable water bottles (clearly labeled with the owner's name).
  • Use contactless payment (as opposed to petty cash) whenever possible.
  • Do not share cell phones, tablets, or computers.

Recommendations for Clean & Healthy Production Sets

We have been collaborating with Film Florida for the past two months on the collection, compiling and sectioning of recommendations for both Production Companies and film industry workers. These guidelines and recommendations are being updated frequently based on discoveries and Civil Regulations as well as Union, Guilds, and Association publications from around the world. Responsible production companies are applying most of these recommendations. You will likely be encountering them at arriving to sets and requested to follow. Please read them and become familiar with them.

Film Florida is hosting by department discussions to update and make these recommendations more accurate and feasible. You can find information about these conversations by visiting www.filmflorida.org

Film Florida Recommendations for safe and healthy production sets

THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR TEAM!

With your help, we will be able to get back to do what we love soon!

If you have any questions and / or comments do not hesitate to call or email Gerardo Lopez at (786)380-0866 glopez@filmmia.com

Sources of Information used for this pages are:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov
  • Occupational, Health and Safety Administration https://www.osha.gov
  • US. Department of Labor https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus
  • US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission https://www.eeoc.gov

Film MIA LLC. - (786)380-0866 - www.filmmia.com

Credits:

Created with images by Jakob Owens - "Steadicam" • Alex Azabache - "Sign for Covid19 Pandemic " • William Iven - "woman holding an iphone" • Gabriel Gurrola - "Industrial Employee" • Pavel Anoshin - "Mask"