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02 / 11 / 2020

shoot advice during lockdown

written by
Tessa Reynolds

Despite the Government putting local tiers in place, cases of the virus are still rising across the UK and therefore, subject to the vote going through in Parliament, we find ourselves in another form of lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December.  Importantly for our industry, the new restrictions do not affect shoots - they can continue as before.  Production, like manufacturing, cannot be done from home.  You can also continue to shoot in people's homes, they are locations for the purpose of filming only.

The Government states:
“Where people cannot work effectively from home they should continue to travel to work. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.”

It is up to all of us to work together and ensure we make these shoots as safe as possible for everyone involved and therefore, in addition to our COVID-19 Shoot Guidelines we have outlined below a few ways in which we can help you during this period.

 

1. BOOKING MODELS AND ACTORS WHO ARE LOCAL TO THE SHOOT LOCATION  ** launching 12th Nov**
The Government have stated that we should keep travel to a minimum where possible and therefore we are currently working behind the scenes to launch our area search function which will allow you to search all models and actors who live within a certain distance of your shoot location. If it is not possible to select talent close to the shoot, people are permitted to travel within the UK and to other countries covered in the current travel corridor list, and to stay in hotels, if it is for work purposes.

This feature becomes live on November 12th but meanwhile your booker can send you a selection of models within a chosen distance of your shoot so please ask if you require this.
 
 
2. BOOKING MODELS AND ACTORS WHO ARE IN THE SAME BUBBLE
Where more than one model or actor is required, it is safer to book a group who are in the same bubble, especially where close interaction may be required.  We have the largest and most diverse selection of real families, couples and siblings in the UK who are ready to work for you. We also have several models and actors who are friends and live together in the same house.
 
 
           
 
 
If you feel you do not want the responsibility of organising a shoot yourself during this time, we have two options to enable us to work with you remotely and deliver the images or footage you require.
 
3. MODELS & ACTORS WITH HOME STUDIOS AND EQUIPMENT
We have a wide range of junior models, actors, voice-over artists and influencers who have the facilities, equipment and parental expertise to be able to create high quality commercial content at home.  A number of these also have parents who are photographers, DOP’s and other creative professionals, enabling them to deliver all kinds of briefs. 
 
 
3. FULL PRODUCTION AND DESIGN SERVICES
We have a production and design company based in Norfolk where our brilliant creative team can shoot or create anything you require, on brief, on time and on budget - either in our studio or at one of our beautiful shoot locations. We have many years of experience producing for children's brands so you can pass anything our way safe in the knowledge that we will produce fantastic results in the safest and most efficient way possible.
 
Contact our Client Account Manager Emma Keal who will be pleased to help you.
 


This is a challenging time for all of us and we hope some of these options will help you shoot more comfortably.  Above all, we would like to re-assure you that we are all still here, working flat out and ready to try to answer any questions you may have.  As a team, we are passionate about delivering an exceptional service to every client.  Our bookers know our models and actors well and will work with you to understand your brief and find you the perfect model or actor for your shoot.

For any enquiries or questions, please contact our junior Head Booker Jessica Tracey who will pleased to discuss your requirements.

 

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