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Filming and Photography Standards and Protocols During Pandemic

In general, we are following the CDC guidelines for outside and interior spaces. All crew and people involved in the shoot should report to the lead that they have not experienced any symptoms. Consider temperature checks and contact tracing protocols.


In terms of prep for the shoot and standards during and after the shoot, we follow these:

  • Clean the gear similar to what we do prior to shooting surgeries.
  • Wear personal protective mask.
  • Preference to shooting exteriors and recording interviews of people outdoors.
  • If filming inside is required, will scout and select locations that have large open spaces where physical distancing can be easily achieved for all people that need to be in the room at any given time.
  • Only enter smaller areas with people that have temperature checks and contact tracing already in place.Expectation is that no one will come to the location if they have recently been exposed to COVID-19, or are demonstrating any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell).
  • MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. If anyone who is part of the shoot does not have a mask, one should be provided to them.(The only exemption is for talent actively working on-set. Talent must arrive wearing a mask, but can be captured without the mask during the interview/filming – see “Guidance for use of Photos/Videos…” below for standards related to when masks should be depicted.)


If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell) within 14 days of your production, you must contact project lead immediately.


If photos are inside buildings, all should be shown wearing masks regardless of how far apart people may appear to be. If outside and not physically distanced, should show in masks as well. If outside and only one person or more than one that are physically distanced, it is okay to not depict in masks. We would recommend that units make every effort to include photos of people wearing masks and when a photo is from a pre-COVID event, we'd recommend that you label or include text to make that clear. The University Relations photographer, Athletics and OSA have captured photos of people in masks. Here is a link to the COVID-19 collection. The same standards apply to video footage. 7O0/Covid-19

Other units likely have done the same. We'd suggest units share those across the University as appropriate so everyone can have a bigger pool to work with.



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