New Zealand is in Level 1 with no restrictions on filming.
During quoting & pre-production, Wabi Sabi will work with the agency producer to look at the best approach around crew numbers on set.
We have set up our recommended crew sizing options that range from:
- Documentary-style crew
- Small essential crew
- Medium essential crew
- Large essential crew
For a full breakdown of what these look like please feel free to contact Dan Higgins directly for an overview.
Our casting directors have been working on best practice for casting. Directors, agency and clients will not attend casting sessions and 90% of casting will be done via self-tape in the first round.
We are advising all clients that it’s in their best interests to hold back-up talent for each role, should the ‘hero role’ actor not be able to be admitted on set due to health & safety concerns on the shoot day.
We have been in consultation with our insurance provider and can assure you we are still covered when we film. We have full cover for Public Liability and ‘Negative Cover’ (data insurance).
The area we’re not able to secure insurance cover for if a production is held up or requires a re-shoot due to a pandemic (ie Covid-19). The circumstances in which we could see this happen is if a key crew member or talent contracted the virus before the shoot date & was required to be in insolation.
Before we enter into any production agreement we will do a full breakdown and consult with our insurers.
All crew, talent, agency and client will be supplied with required PPE kit for each shoot day.
We are working with local cleaning contractors to have all equipment and locations as sterile as possible before filming begins.
We will have a dedicated sign in station for all crew, talent, agency & clients when they arrive on set.
As part of government requirements we will have a Site-Specific Safety Plan (SSSP) in place at all locations & an induction all personnel will have to go through before stepping on set.
We will be collecting information on health, time of arrival and department, and contact details. We will be taking these extra steps to keep us all safe as well as provide safeguards for contact-tracing.
While in level one we look to still practice safe social distancing, the nature of our business does mean working in tight spaces at times.
With this in mind all crew will have appropriate PPE while on set and if they’re not required on set at any time they’ll be required to wait in a holding area where they can all see on set operations.
While we love having agency & client representatives on set, in the current climate safety trumps preference. We will be working with agency producers to have as few agency & client representatives on set as possible.
However, Wabi Sabi will have live stream technology that will allow a live feed direct to people off set, and we can have live feedback between takes so all parties are across approvals.
Coffee & food fuels our amazing film crews, which is why we’re working with catering suppliers to allow us to supply snacks, lunch and drinks in a safe way. This will mean each person is supplied with their own personal ‘snack pack’ for the day – this will have all the usual yummy treats we would usually supply to keep you fueled throughout the day.
Lunch will be comprised of pre-packaged meals to reduce contact & the spread of the virus – but they’ll still be delicious!
Depending on the alert level we are at in any one region or time, we will also enforce social distancing during meal times to make sure all crew can enjoy their break safely.
Like many production companies, Wabi Sabi now offers remote approvals at every step of the process.
We can arrange for all parties to view and provided editing, grade and online feedback in a live virtual approval process.