MANILA -- Film and TV outfits will have to forego the shooting of large, elaborate scenes as the industry adapts to the "new normal" to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, Film Development Council of the Philippines chairman Liza Dino said Friday.
Dino said that the restriction of scenes that would entail mass gatherings is among the number of guidelines that the FDCP has prescribed for production outfits when film, TV and music video shoots resume under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ).
“Pagdating sa mga location restrictions at sa scene restrictions, dahil nga bawal ang mass gathering, alam natin pagdating sa production shoot hindi naman 'yan camera at may tao tapos sinu-shoot na natin 'yung eksena. Talagang nagse-set up tayo at nagsi-simulate tayo ng real life, so hindi muna natin pwedeng gawin ngayon,” Dino said during the Laging Handa briefing.
“Ang mga malalaking eksena, 'yung mga eksena that constitute mass gatherings, katulad ng mga night club scene, political rallies, mga
concerts, parada, festivals, mga malalaking parties, siyempre, it involves people and mahihirapan tayong ma-control 'yun
dahil number one, pinagbabawal sa atin ngayon 'yun,” she continued.
The official said that the guidelines would ensure the prevention of COVID-19 transmission among production workers from the pre-production to the post-production stage.
“Kasama rito ang strict social distancing measures na naaangkop at naka-contextualize film industry, ang ating mga health at sanitation protocols, na dapat nating isapuso at isabuhay, at 'yung medical precautions na dapat nating tinatandaan,” Dino said.
The protocols limits the maximum number of people on set to 50 people, and mandates the strict implementation of social distancing and the wearing of face masks and personal protective equipment of workers.
“Nakakatuwa dahil magsisimula ang produksyon pero nakakakaba rin dahil nakasalalay din dito ang safety ng ating production workers,” she said.
Here are the guidelines that the FDCP is prescribing for TV, film and production shoots:
1. Movement/physical distancing restrictions
- Maximum number of people on set must be limited to 50 people
- Must provide history of travel within the last four weeks
- Casting must be done remotely over video conferences or using self-tapes
2. On set sanitation and hygiene
- There must be handwashing areas on the set
- Any wardrobe to be used must be certified to have undergone deep cleaning before and after the shoot
3. On set behavior (health precautionary measures)
- A certified nurse must be present on set at all times
- All shoot attendees must undergo temperature checks before entering the set
- Anyone exhibiting mild or severe symptoms of COVID-19 is not permitted entry to the set
- A skeleton workforce system must be utilized to limit numbers of cast and crew on set
- The production company must provide face masks to its cast and crew
- Camera/s must be two meters away from a talent at all times
- All holding areas for talents and crew must be set up outside, if possible, for better ventilation
- Interior spaces must have enough ventilation
4. Food and catering
- All drinks must be in single serve containers, ie, water bottles and cans
- Sit-down meals must be set up to have a one-meter distance between seats
5. Scene restrictions
- Mass gatherings are restricted (e.g. night club scene, church congregation, political demonstration, parades and festivities, sports and any public tournaments, large concerts, and championship games)