UK Screen Alliance releases post-production and visual effects pandemic security updates

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The British Screen Alliance“Guidelines for Safe Post-Production Work and Visual Effects During the Covid-19 Pandemic” has been strengthened to take into account new government regulations introduced in January 2021 to control a new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has confirmed that TV and film production can continue. However, the new restrictions, which are now legally binding, force people to leave their homes only if they have a ‘reasonable excuse’, or face a fine of between £ 200 and £ 6,400 for repeated infractions. . People should go to work in open areas if the work cannot reasonably be done from home. Since many post-production activities can be done remotely, UK Screen Alliance advises employers to determine on a case-by-case basis whether on-site work is justified and therefore post-production workers have a ‘reasonable excuse’. To leave their homes.

Customers of production companies are also asked to consider whether their presence on the premises of a post-production company or VFX constitutes a “reasonable excuse” to leave their home if work and remote viewing are available as an alternative. viable.

The definition of what constitutes “unreasonable” home work is currently only broadly defined by government guidelines and law. The new UK Screen guide includes examples of scenarios that might not reasonably be executed at home, but advises employers to take their own legal advice before relying on it.

UK Screen Alliance says inconvenient, slower or more expensive ways of working from home should not generally be seen as grounds for having to work on site at a relay station. There should be a reasonable impracticality in remote work before on-site work in a postal company can be justified under the present circumstances.

Examples of activities that cannot reasonably be done at home (this list is not exhaustive)

  • Operations that require the use of specialized environments, which cannot be easily or inexpensively provided in a domestic setting, and / or use highly calibrated audiovisual equipment to provide a critical assessment of sound quality or performance. picture.
  • Operations that require the use of specialized equipment to process or transfer legacy film or video tapes.
  • Operations that require reliable high-speed internet connections that are beyond the available home broadband provision or that are supported by other home users.
  • Operations that are “fast turnaround” services close to transmission or output deadlines, where the risk of disruption to remote work could impact the deliverability of output at a critical or ruthless time.
  • Operations that require enhanced privacy measures for sensitive media content that cannot be easily delivered in a home setting shared with others unrelated to production.
  • Operations which cannot be performed at an individual’s home due to inadequate available space or circumstances giving rise to, or subject to, unacceptable levels of domestic disturbance.
  • Maintenance operations that require physical access to on-site workstations and other IT infrastructure to keep operations running remotely.

The new guidance document also includes a template letter that can be given to post-production workers to convey their employer’s assessment that it is reasonably necessary to travel to the workplace. This letter could be used in the event that an employee is stopped by the police for a valid reason for which he is not at home.

“The creative process is difficult when working remotely, but it is not impossible,” said UK Screen Alliance Managing Director Neil Hatton. “To keep everyone safe in these exceptionally difficult times, all remote working options should be explored before resorting to on-site work. This should be integrated into the formal risk assessment process which employers should monitor on an ongoing basis. “

The Guide recommends that in exceptional circumstances where on-site screenings may be justified, creative operators and their clients occupy separate rooms. UK Screen believes that additional charges for the use of these additional facilities are justifiable.

It was recently announced that community testing for COVID-19 of asymptomatic cases will soon be available in England. Priority will be given to people who have to go to work. The notice came too late to be included in the updated UK on-screen guidance, but it could be incorporated into the guidelines once the government produces more details.

UK Screen Covid-19 Guidance for Post & VFX can be downloaded HERE

Source: UK Screen Alliance


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