If minors under the age of 18 years-old are involved in the production as cast or crew, the production should perform an initial review of their physical activity prior to rehearsal or filming. This should include:
- the age, height, weight and maturity of the minor;
- the physical fitness, coordination, expertise in the planned activity, and film experience of the minor;
- the amount of additional information and movement the minor will be asked to consider (e.g., camera positions, acting, looking over shoulder, waving arms, etc.);
- how wardrobe or props will affect the actions and/or vision of the minor;
- the amount of rehearsal and preparation time which has been provided;
- the appropriate amount of protective gear or equipment necessary to safely perform the activity;
- the area around the minor during the activity;
- any other factors affecting the minor.
Prior to rehearsal or filming the physical activity, key production personnel, such as the Director, First Assistant Director, Stunt Coordinator and safety professional, should confer with the minor, minor’s parent/legal guardian and Studio Teacher to review and discuss the activity.
Rehearsals and filming of the physical activity should take place with the parent/legal guardian and the First Assistant Director present. If the situation warrants, a stunt coordinator or a person qualified to administer medical assistance on an emergency basis must be present (or readily available) at the rehearsal and filming of the activity.
If any aspect of the activity changes, a new discussion and/or meeting should be held and a new rehearsal should be considered.
If a consensus regarding the physical activity is not established, the minor, the minor’s parent or guardian, the stunt coordinator, the First Assistant Director, or the safety professional may request a re-evaluation of the activity in its entirety. If the planned activity is determined to be safe, but the minor expresses apprehension about performing the planned activity, he/she may refuse to do it.
Special safety precautions must be taken for infant actors who are fifteen-days to six-months old:
- Hands should be washed before and after handling infants and after changing diapers.
- Applicable laws and regulations pertaining to tobacco smoke must be followed.
- When using special effects smokes the producer should take steps to prevent exposure of the infant to the smoke.
- When substances are used for altering an infant’s appearance, provisions should be made for bathing the infant.
- Foods which commonly cause allergic reactions should not be used to alter the appearance of the infant’s skin, unless their use is specifically approved by a medical doctor.
- Once wardrobe and props have been issued by the production for use on/with an infant, the wardrobe and props should not be reissued for another infant without laundering wardrobe and disinfecting props.
- Infant accessories should not be exchanged from one infant to another without first having been sanitized. Bottles, nipples and pacifiers should not be exchanged between infants.