ASMP presented a webinar with four photography professionals: “What we know about what it takes to work in a new and unfamiliar environment.”
Topics that were addressed:
- The physical practicalities for large or small crews or no crew at all
- Safety protocol best practices for protecting yourself and those around you
- New legal issues: waivers, policies and procedures
- Insurance changes
- Communication challenges, both on-set and remote with clients
- New technologies for production
- Hair, makeup and wardrobe changes
- Changes in what clients should expect from a day’s work
- Budget impacts
- How Hollywood and commercial productions influence new standards
BARRY SCHWARTZ, Moderator. Barry is a photographer, writer, educator and a former two-term member of the ASMP national board. He currently writes and edits for the national website. He produces architecture, interior, hospitality, portraits and documentary work for commercial and editorial clients. He conducts workshops on professional practices from two hours to two days based on a 16-week college class he started at Pasadena City College.
AMY YVONNE YU is an executive producer who has been producing stills, video and experiential content for over 18 years for clients in the agency and production side. Her client list includes AKQA, Levi’s, The Selby, Wieden+Kennedy, and she has worked with public figures such as David Beckham, Justin Timberlake and Susan Sarandon. Her commercial work includes branded content for Activision, Audi, Air Jordan, EA Games, Scion, and her 32 interactive music videos created for Visa for the FIFA World Cup has gotten ~100 million views. Amy often does speaking engagements and interviews regarding integrated content production and her creative career to educate and inspire others in her industry. She also consults clients on processes for successful productions.
RICHARD KELLY is a photographer and leader in the photography community as well as a respected educator and speaker. For the last 30 years, Richard has added the color to our favorite stories, the personality to advertisements and the polish to professional portraits in stills and motion. He is a past president of the National Board of ASMP and received the United Nations International Photographic Council Leadership Award in 2011 for his advocacy work relating to photography, artist rights and copyright. Richard has been an educator for more than 15 years and recently became an adjunct instructor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh in the Photography BFA program. In 2018, he launched the Richard Kelly Experience photography workshops for artists and enthusiasts of all ages. During the 2020 pandemic, Richard launched “Talking Photography N’at,” a live virtual meetup space for photographers to discuss and review works in progress, personal and commercial projects, and inspirational works of other photographers.
ELIZABETH WEINBERG is an award-winning photographer and director based in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in storytelling that fuses a loose approach with measured precision for the moment. Her work is informed by her photojournalism education and is documentary at its core. She is renowned for her celebrity portraits and lifestyle imagery, shooting in a relaxed, no-frills manner that brings out the shared humanity in all of her subjects. Elizabeth has been recognized with awards and features from PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch, the Art Directors Club’s Young Guns, American Photography and Communication Arts.
Following are resources addressing safety for large and small productions or even working alone. All are subject to change, of course, like everything else. Check back with any resource for updates.
The first few resources deal with current knowledge about the virus. Getting a grasp on these issues, which are not complicated (medical degree not necessary) make it easier to understand recommendations regarding implementing safety protocols.
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them. By Dr. Erin Bromage
Covid-19 coverage in The Conversation
So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of COVID-19? Think again
Am I immune to COVID-19 if I have antibodies
Dr. James Larson on why masks are so important:
Nieman Lab – COVID-Explained aims to translate hard science into clear answers to common questions.
COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers: Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force – PDF
CDC guidance on Covid-19
CDC “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework” – as of May 7 2020.
CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home
Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
OSHA – COVID-19
County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health: Reopening Protocol for Music, Television and Film Production (June 11, 2020) PDF
Film LA COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTER
Covid-19 News Organizations Safety Protocols (PDF)
ACOS Alliance Covid-19 Resources
PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines, public review
Washington State Guidance for Resuming Professional Photography
Film Florida – Recommendations for Clean & Healthy Production Sets
European Film Commissions Network
RISK PROTECTION AGAINST CONTAGION OF SARS-COV-2 DURING FILMING Basic Safety Rules
Bulgarian Film Guide
BULGARIAN PRODUCTION GOALS IN THE COVID19 ENVIRONMENT
[COVID – 19] THE NEW RULEBOOK GUIDELINES FOR FILM PRODUCTION IN SWEDEN & DENMARK
The Everyday Projects Covid-19 Guide for Visual Journalists
Space for Arts – Safety Protocols for “Socially Distanced” Photo/Video Productions
Comprehensive guidelines and resources for photography production in Los Angeles/New York in the age of Covid 19
Advertising Producers Association (British)
Look for: APA Covid-19 Guidelines | Coronavirus update
BECTU Health and safety during COVID-19 – (British union for crew)
Sports Video Group – a vast collection of articles and white papers, including Cleaning & Sanitizing, Crews & Freelancers, and much more.
ProductionHub – Safety Guidelines For Filming Interviews And Live Streams During The Covid-19 Crisis, by Jan Klier
AICP – Association of Independent Commercial Producers
COVID-19 WORKPLACE GUIDELINES AND CONSIDERATIONS
Cinematographers Guild Local 600 – Covid-19 Member Resources and Updates
Graphic Artists Guild – Coronavirus Information & Resources
DPA Microphones – Proper Microphone Hygiene
VIDEOS AND WEBINARS
Tom Maddrey, ASMP General Counsel webinar:
Safety While Shooting. Includes links to waiver, procedure, and policy templates.
New York Times Video Interview with Dr. Erin Bromage
New York Times Video Interview with Dr. Linsey Marr.
How to Lower Your Risk of Breathing Coronavirus
VII Interactive: In Conversation. “How can photographers cover the world’s deadly viruses?” with Nichole Sobecki. Facebook Live
APA Biz Talk Episode 4 – What Work Looks Like Now & in the Future
APA Biz Talk Episode 5 – Liability & Safety On Set
Intro Covid Safer Sets: Infection control Intro- Webinar April 30th 2020, John Cordes and Samantha Isom
Safety on Set – Lightbox Productions