Key Filmmaking Principles



Anticipating concerns and having a robust safety plan in place for production is of critical importance. This starts with writing and development, reducing risk factors by being mindful of what will be required to actually shoot the words on the page. Tech scouts at locations will be a particularly crucial step in this process, to think through a plan for how the space will be used and how each day of production will run.


When we don’t keep production scope in check, we inevitably end up fighting the clock and safety measures get compromised as we scramble to make our day.


Protecting those individuals whose job requires them to work for periods without a face-covering — our actors, most notably — is a high priority. The zone system helps with this to designate different spaces where specific activities take place:

  • ZONE A – UNMASKED-ACTOR SPACES This is a perimeter created for when performers need to work without protection. This is typically when first team comes in to shoot the scene and the set is cleared of all non-essential crew members.
  • ZONE B – ALL OTHER WORKS AREAS Anywhere else the production has a footprint is Zone B. This needs to be a controlled area with a secure perimeter that prevents non-approved people from entering the space. The only entry to this zone is through a reception checkpoint.
  • ZONE C – THE OUTSIDE WORLD This is everywhere beyond the perimeter of the production.