The Big Seven

COVID-19 Protocols


  • 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.
  • Scripts and locations should also be locked sooner than usual, in order for each department to have sufficient time to develop a safety plan.
  • 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. To address this:
  • Each show will only be permitted to shoot at one location each day — i.e., no company moves during the course of a work day.
  • The 1st AD must also carefully plan the set-up schedule to budget sufficient time for extra safety protocols.


  • Keeping the shooting location secure and organized is of vital importance. All shows must utilize a zone system to create controlled work areas and a closed set. The zone system is based on the physical spaces where specific activities take place:
    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.
    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.
    This is everywhere beyond the perimeter of the production.


  • Students are encouraged to use the FSU Daily Wellness Check app and be tested for COVID-19.
  • If a student feels sick, they should not come to set or class.
  • If a student appears to be sick on set, the Shop Steward or the Producer should alert the Head of Production immediately.


  • At least six-feet distance between individuals is recommended whenever possible.
  • This will need to be thought about carefully during pre-production to ensure that each location has enough space to allow for cast and crew to properly distance when they are building and shooting a scene.
  • In situations where physical distancing is not possible, the physical proximity should be kept to a minimum duration and an extra level of protection should be considered, such as a plexiglass divider, eyewear, or a face-shield.


  • Mask-wearing is recommended indoors at all times and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. This applies to all cast and crew.
  • The school will have a supply of disposable masks available for each production. Cast and crew may wear their own masks if they are rated for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Each production should designate an outside, mask-free area, with enough space for people to maintain physical distancing.


  • The cast and crew should be frequently reminded — both verbally and through signage — to wash/sanitize their hands.
  • Key areas of the location should be sanitized throughout the day, including: frequently touched items, such as door handles; hard surfaces, such as tables and countertops; and any set dressing or props that the actors will touch.