Months after the coronavirus hit the country, the cameras are finally rolling once again in the Philippines. Industry authorities and country officials have agreed to allow films, music, and TV productions to resume operations as long as they implement the suggested health and safety protocols.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines has published a detailed guideline for television and film productions to follow during pre-production, production or principal photography, and post-production. (Read: Jennylyn Mercado’s Tips To Easing Your Child’s Worries Amid ‘New Normal’)
“Kasama dito ay ang strict social distancing measures na naka-angkop at naka-contextualize sa film industry, ang ating mga health and sanitation protocols na dapat nating isa-puso at isabuhay, at yung medical precautions na dapat nating tinatandaan,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño-Seguerra.
The “new normal” in films, music, and TV productions will consider a lot of factors. Starting with social distancing, face coverings, and testing for the coronavirus, it is also stated in the guidelines that no more than 50 people (only essential cast and crew) are allowed on set or on location. Workers must also observe protocols such as a one-meter distance from colleagues and cameras must be two meters away from talents.
Diño-Seguerra shared that a no-contact policy is required, especially during the pre-production stage. She recommends shifting the casting for films, music, and TV productions remotely through video conferences or self-tapes. (Read: 5 Celebrities Share Their Biggest Realizations While In Quarantine)
“Bago pa man gawin ang pelikula, meron tayong casting, meron tayong pre-production meetings. Ine-encourage natin na sana lahat ‘to gawin natin online,” she explained.
During production, director and talents will have to innovate a better way of storytelling as scenes with big crowds such as concerts, rallies, and parties are not allowed under the “new normal.” When shooting intimate scenes, actors will be required to first take a test for COVID-19 before filming. (Read: Marikina tricycle drivers undergo COVID-19 testing to ensure transport safety)
Protocols for on-set production and location should also be religiously monitored by certified medical personnel. Temperature checks shall be regularly done and health precautionary measures shall be strictly imposed for all the cast and production personnel.
Apart from these protocols, producers are also required to provide protective equipment such as face masks and other applicable PPEs to every cast and crew member. Sanitary essentials such as hand sanitizers and alcohol, packets of tissues, and access to handwashing areas on the set are also required. (Read: Here’s why you should dry your hands with paper towels instead of automatic hand dryers)