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The Best Cameras for Filmmaking in 2020

Posted by Grant Patten on Apr 1, 2020 7:55:11 AM

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING

The Best Cameras for Filmmaking in 2020Source: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 685271140, Shutterstock

Let’s review some of the best cameras for filmmaking available on the market now. We’ll discuss:

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - Canon 90DCanon 80D and 90D DSLRs – affordable & excellent cameras for filmmaking / best DSLRs for filmmaking

The Canon 80D [Affiliate Link] is an excellent DSLR that offers a useful articulating screen and fast, precise autofocus in live view mode, making it great for video shooters. The colours look great, too.

The 90D [Affiliate Link] is the newer model, offering upgrades such as a higher-resolution sensor and a new electronic shutter/faster shutter speed (up to 1/16,000 second). For reference, here is an example video shot on the 90D:

 

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i [Affiliate Link] is another DSLR appropriate for filmmaking. If you purchase it as a kit, you can get a tripod, filters and other useful accessories included with it. It shoots HD 1080p video at 60fps and offers an HDR mode.

Arguably superior image quality to Canon DSLRs – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

As great as the Canon DSLRs are, through, some filmmakers argue that other brands offer superior image quality in this price range, such as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. [Affiliate Link] This camera shoots 4K 4096 x 2160 up to 60 fps with 13 stops of dynamic range. For reference, decide for yourself by comparing this Blackmagic footage to the Canon footage above:

The Blackmagic Pocket 4K has many great attributes, including:

  • Raw recording / great dynamic range (roughly 1 TB per hour of recording)
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) at 220 Mbps
  • Great colour science
  • Great ISO range
  • Large screen

The Panasonic G7 kit – great for low-budget filmmaking / best camera for filmmaking on a budget

With the Panasonic LUMIX G7 Mirrorless Camera and Accessory Bundle [Affiliate Link], you can get this camera with useful accessories included like a carrying case and memory card – all for under $750 CAD (at the time of this writing).

In the G line, filmmakers may also want to consider the GH5 [Affiliate Link]. This camera is a better choice if you want to look inconspicuous and do “run & gun” type work. And if you’re looking for cheaper options, the older models are still quite good filmmaking cameras, including the GH4.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 [Affiliate Link] may be considered for a “superzoom” option; this camera offers a high-res OLED viewfinder, 12 fps burst shooting and beautiful 4K video.

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - Sony A7 IIIThe Sony a77, Alpha A6400 and FDR-AX700

The Sony a7 III [Affiliate Link] is a camera to consider for filmmaking and videography as it lets you shoot 4K2 (3840x2160 pixels) up to 10 fps and customize a wide range of video-shooting options.

The Sony Alpha A6400 [Affiliate Link] is also an excellent filmmaking camera that shoots 4K video (24.2-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor). This camera has no record time limit!

The Sony FDR-AX700 camcorder [Affiliate Link] is another reasonably priced option that shoots 4K and HDR videos. This camera has incredibly fast, hybrid autofocus (AF) technology.

The Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30

The Fujifilm X-T3 [Affiliate Link] camera is easy to use, provides great image quality (4K recording at 60p) and is small enough that it doesn't draw a lot of attention. If you want a camera that captures great video & photos, the Fuji X-T3 is ideal.

You could also go for the X-T30 [Affiliate Link], which is essentially a smaller, cheaper version of the X-T3. 4K recording is limited to 30p on the X-T30. The X-T30 is reported (The Verge) to have a better autofocus system than the X-T3, though.

THE BEST CAMERAS FOR FILMMAKING - DJI Osmo PocketBest compact camera / best small camera for filmmaking – the DJI Osmo Pocket

If you need a really small and compact camera that can still record amazing image quality (RAW format photos and D-Cinelike videos), check out the DJI Osmo Pocket. [Affiliate Link] It can shoot 4K/60fps video at 100 mbps.

This camera is a popular choice for vloggers and travellers.

 

More of an investment – Professional cinema cameras / cine cameras

If you’re able to spend more, consider getting a cine camera / cinema camera, such as the Canon EOS C300 MK II [Affiliate Link] or the Canon EOS C200 [Affiliate Link]. Cinema cameras are designed to capture video with a dynamic range that matches or exceeds that of film: ~13 stops or so.

A key advantage most cine cameras have is continuous recording time – they’re generally able to record a lot longer without pausing. DSLRs usually have a 29:59 single recording max length timer.

The Sony PXW-FS5 [Affiliate Link] is a great “run & gun” cinema camera. It can shoot 4K RAW (records data directly from the sensor) and capture continuous HD video at up to 120 fps.

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If you end up buying any of these above cameras (or any other gear) – you’ll want to have the right insurance coverage in place to protect that valuable gear.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). You can get a quote online, purchase a policy online in 5 mins, or read more about the coverages available here: https://digigearinsure.frontrowinsurance.com/

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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Filmmakers & Videographers in the Field During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 20, 2020 8:10:06 AM

Filmmakers & Videographers in the Field During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Best Practices

Filmmakers & Videographers in the Field During the COVID-19 Pandemicsource: Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1660469317

Front Row remains committed to the success of the entertainment industry and its creators in both good times and bad. With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are now, of course, in bad times, but we thought we could be helpful to those brave filmmakers, film equipment operators and videographers who are still out there working in the field by providing this information.

Questions to ask before heading out on location:

  • Who are you interviewing?
  • Do you need to actually head out/interview a contributor?
  • Can it be done via FaceTime or Skype instead?
  • Are you a risk to anyone?
  • Is anyone nearby more vulnerable/susceptible to the virus?

COVID-19 Information re: Filming

-For any interviews, consider filming a FaceTime (or another video telephony product) instead of in-person interviews. FaceTime interviews can look bad as stand-alone screen-records, but you can be creative shooting these things yourself.

-Clip mics: avoid using these on anyone other than colleagues. It might be best to use a hand mic and/or camera top mic with a wireless transmitter plugged into the bottom for interviews. At the end of the day, take a sponge and wash any mics in hot water and soap.

-STOP sharing earpieces and headphones.

-You or your colleague(s) may wish to use a boom pole from at least a metre of distance.

-Carry latex gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and wipes to clean kit and hands. Pack spares in your kit bag. Latex gloves are the best on location.

CLEAN YOUR KIT

It’s the thing you’re likely touching the most. Clean any camera gear, keyboard, etc. regularly. Carry anti-bacterial wipes to clean equipment in the field. Most importantly, clean equipment at the start and end of the day. Wipe everything.

CLEAN YOUR DEVICES

-Cards in wallet, etc. Avoid touching any coins or cash, if possible.

-Are you using a work car, pool vehicle or hire car? WIPE IT DOWN… spend 20-30 minutes wiping down your vehicle before anyone enters – seats, steering wheel, buttons, handles, etc.

-Keep a log of who has been driving each pool/company vehicle and when/where. If someone picks up the virus, you then know who may need to isolate.

-Think about what you’re touching: e.g., wipe down the bottle of water you’ve just bought. Anything entering your apartment, edit suite or work vehicle should be wiped down.

-You may wish to consider vitamins if you work long and unpredictable hours. The right vitamins can strengthen immune systems. Diet is important, too.

-Be patient. Things will take longer and there will be more to do, but everyone benefits.

HEADING INTO A COVID-19 DANGER ZONE?

-Do you have any underlying health conditions, or problems affecting your immune system? If you do, you may be sensible not to go. You also may not wish to go if any of your immediate family have any of those issues.

-Do your research. Things can change within hours – sudden lockdowns, bans on certain nationalities being able to travel or enter areas, sudden rises in cases, entry and exit restrictions. Have contingency plans for sickness on location, entry/exit plans, etc., and the prospect that you might be stuck there for much longer than planned.

-Protective equipment. Take the basics – gloves, masks, wipes, etc., but plan for the worst. What if you get stuck somewhere? What if you end up sick and having to go to a local health facility (which is likely to be very high risk?). Do you have full protective clothing and perhaps a full face covering (helmet with screen) on standby?

-Wipe down your hotel room. Wipe everything down – light switches, surfaces, toilet seats, etc. You probably don’t want to be eating in the hotel restaurant, drinking in the bar or having a leisurely coffee in the local Starbucks.

RETURNING FROM A COVID-19 DANGER ZONE?

-If returning from a high-risk location – for instance a locked-down town or region, you will probably need to quarantine for 14 days. Have plans for that and take it seriously. Have food and supplies delivered to you. Check and note your temperature and how you’re feeling twice a day. Plan to be able to entertain yourself. Take the isolation seriously and actually isolate. Don’t go to Starbucks, or to see your family. Think about the safety of everyone more vulnerable than you.

-Hot wash all your clothes on return. You may wish to soak/hand wash/scrub some clothing thoroughly. Soak your shoes in boiling hot water and soap. If you suspect something needs to be thrown out, just throw it out.

Good luck and take care,
— The Front Row Team

Disclaimer: This disclaimer provides that the information in this blog post is merely information – not advice. If individuals need medical advice, they should always consult a licensed medical professional. This information was provided by an anonymous working camera journalist, originally posted on the “News And Current Affairs Camera Operators” Facebook group on March 17, 2020.

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How to Protect Your Camera Lens(es)

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 16, 2020 7:26:59 AM

How to Protect Your Camera Lens(es)

How to Protect Your Camera Lens(es)

Protect your camera lens with a filter / protect your camera lens from scratches

Even if you’re not using a filter to obtain any particular photographic effect, it’s still wise to keep a filter on your camera lens in order to add a layer of protection. A UV or ND filter could be used; either filter will help prevent scratches from getting on the lens.

The AmazonBasics UV Protection Camera Lens Filter would likely do the job, but you could also go with something fancier such as the K&F Concept 82MM Ultra Slim ND Filter Adjustable Neutral Density Filter if you’re willing to spend a bit more. [Affiliate Links]

Protect your camera lens with a lens cap / camera lens cover / camera lens protector

It may seem obvious, but the lens cap is under-appreciated and best practices around using lens caps are often not followed, so it’s worth reminding: you should keep lens caps (both front and rear) on your lenses at all times when you’re not using them, such as when they’re in a camera bag.

The lens cap that came with your camera might be perfectly adequate, but do you have a backup? There might also be some better, sturdier lens caps out there that would be a good fit for your camera. It’s worth doing some research.

The Lens Cap Bundle - 4 Snap-on Lens Caps for DSLR Cameras from CAMKIX is worth a look. The Nikon LF-4 Rear Lens Cap is also well reviewed. [Affiliate Links]

Protect your camera lens with a lens hood / DSLR lens hood / camera lens hood

Along with helping prevent ugly flares in your pictures, lens hoods also serve the purpose of physically protecting your lens AND filter. If you hit an object with your lens, chances are the hood will hit it first and keep your lens and filter undamaged.

The Kiwifotos 50mm Reversible Lens Hood seems to have mostly positive reviews on Amazon. The FOTGA Bayonet Mount Lens Hood is also well reviewed. [Affiliate Links]

Protect your camera lens with good camera cleaning gear / lens cleaning kit / camera lens cleaning kit / DSLR cleaning kit / camera cleaning kit

If you’re actually using your camera gear, then inevitably some dust and/or “gunk” will get on the surface of the lens and a proper camera cleaning kit is therefore essential.

Notable product review site Wirecutter recommends for camera cleaning:

How to protect your camera lens from fungus / camera lens cleaning

You’ll want to follow certain best practices in cleaning your camera lens in order to prevent it from getting fungal damage. If you shoot outdoors, but then you just toss your lens into a camera bag without wiping everything down, your lens will eventually turn into an expensive Petri dish.

Store your camera and lens in a cool, dry place. If this isn’t possible because you’re shooting in a warm environment, consider purchasing a portable/mini dehumidifier that can be placed next to your camera and lens when stored away. The yaufey Mini Dehumidifier is one example of such a product. The Pro Breeze Electric Mini Dehumidifier is also an option. [Affiliate Links]

Microfiber clothes are ideal for cleaning and drying lenses. Some of these clothes are designed specifically for lenses, such as the Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth and the MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth [Affiliate Links].

Don’t just leave your lenses in the sun to dry them. This can cause problems.

Protect your camera lens with a solid camera strap / camera wrist strap / camera neck strap / camera shoulder strap / DSLR camera strap / best camera strap

It just doesn’t make sense to use a cheap, shoddy camera strap to hold an expensive camera/lens. You’re asking for trouble if you do that as the strap could conceivably snap at any point, damaging your camera lens. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but a decent camera strap is a great investment.

There are many different types of camera straps:

Protect your camera lens with a good camera bag / DSLR camera bag / best camera bag

Especially if you have more than one camera and multiple lenses, you’ll also want to put some thought into getting a good camera bag – this will also help protect your lenses.

The Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag [Affiliate Link] has a waterproof galaxy foam bottom liner and was recommended by Wirecutter. The waterproof Tenba Cooper 13 Slim [Affiliate Link] was also recommended by Wirecutter.

Clean your compartments/bag of all the lint you can before putting lenses in it. Include some silica gel desiccant [Affiliate Link] in the bag to absorb residual moisture.

Ideally, keep the camera bag away from radiators and places that might be damp. Somewhere between 5°C and 10°C is a good temperature.

Protect your camera lens with a sturdy tripod / camera tripod mount / video camera tripod / tripod stand for DSLR

After investing so much into your camera lens, it would be a shame to then put that camera on a weak tripod, only to have it tip over, smash into the ground and crack the lens. Using a sturdy tripod that is appropriately sized for your camera body and lens is an excellent preventative measure.

The Sirui W-1004K10 Tripod Kit River Runner was recommended by Wirecutter as a sturdy tripod. The GEEKOTO Tripod 200cm is also well reviewed on Amazon. [Affiliate Links]

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Following these tips will hopefully allow you to avoid any damage to your camera lens – but in case that does happen – you’d ideally have insurance coverage in place.

Front Row’s photography insurance policy is a good option for insuring your photo gear. Many Canadian photographers have come to recognize Front Row as the industry’s best coverage – and rely upon us to protect their valuable camera gear. You can get a quote online, purchase a policy online in 5 mins, or read more about the coverages available here: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com/

Refer a Friend to Front Row Insurance

Based on customer demand, we’ve setup our referral marketing program and if you refer a friend to Front Row, you could win a $15 Amazon eGift Card OR be entered into a random draw to win a $99 Amazon eGift Card! (depending on your province)

 

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

Amazon Associates Disclosure: Front Row Insurance is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This post may contain affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you.

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What to Know About Rain Photography: Protecting Your Camera in Rain

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 9, 2020 6:48:23 AM

Rain Photography: Protecting Your Camera in Rain

Rain Photography: Protecting Your Camera in RainSource: Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1095459860

NOTE: This article is specifically about protecting your gear from rain and is not applicable to underwater photography. Underwater photography poses different kinds of risks and requires additional underwriting information to insure. If you do any photography underwater (or at the surface of water), contact us to discuss your insurance coverage options.

How to protect a camera and lens from rain?

Insurance claims do occasionally arise from cameras being damaged by rain, so let’s review some best practices to prevent rain-related damage to your photography gear. Professional cameras are expensive, and you don’t want to risk ruining yours in a single photoshoot.

Use a camera rain cover / rain sleeve; these are generally inexpensive. Some well-known brands include Zacro, OP/TECH and Movo [Affiliate Links]. You can find waterproof camera cases, lens hoods and custom rain covers.

How to weather seal a camera?

Weather sealing a camera refers to having rubber gaskets in the seams to keep water from the camera’s internals. But if the lens doesn't have weather sealing also, water can still enter into the camera through the lens mount. Therefore, make sure to keep the lens mount dry.

Many cameras are already weather sealed, but don’t assume that your camera is necessarily sealed just because it’s a new model. Be sure to check with the camera manufacturer to verify.

If your camera isn’t weather sealed and you still want to risk shooting in the rain, consider getting a camera condom – yes, that’s a thing! A camera condom (or skin camera protector) is a rubbery skin for point-and-shoot cameras, similar to the cases that have been protecting iPods and iPhones for years. Well-known brands selling these include Delkin and Polaroid. [Affiliate Links]

But, ideally, if you're really into shooting in rainy conditions, get a sealed camera body and lenses.

Backpack rain covers / waterproof backpack covers & waterproof backpacks / waterproof camera bags & camera cases

If you’re out in the rain with your photography gear in your backpack or camera bag – but that backpack or bag isn’t waterproofed or properly covered – you could damage your gear, so consider a backpack rain cover, waterproof backpack or waterproof camera bag.

Some well-known backpack rain cover brands include MOOCY and Kerxinma. [Affiliate Links]

Some well-known waterproof backpack brands include NEEWER and Endurax. [Affiliate Links]

In terms of camera bags: the Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag [Affiliate Link] has a waterproof galaxy foam bottom liner and was recommended by notable product review website Wirecutter. The waterproof Tenba Cooper 13 Slim [Affiliate Link] was also recommended by Wirecutter.

For added protection, consider wrapping your photography gear in padded equipment wraps before placing it inside any backpack. Some brands in this space are Ruggard and Ape Case. [Affiliate Links]

Keep a microfiber cloth in your bag/backpack to wipe down your photography gear, if necessary. Some of these clothes are designed specifically for cleaning lenses, such as the Nikon 8072 Microfiber Cleaning Cloth and the MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloth [Affiliate Links].

Some Rain Pictures / Rain Images / Rain Photos / Water Drop Images

Water drop Rain Photography

Water drop.

Source: Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 402271438

 

Rain drops falling from a black umbrella

Rain drops falling from a black umbrella concept for bad weather, winter or protection.

Source: Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 323261750

 

Pug dog wearing orange raincoat Rain Photography

Funny pug dog wearing orange raincoat in raining day.

Source: Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 660076444

 

Drops Of Rain On Blue Glass Bokeh Rain Photography

Drops Of Rain On Blue Glass Background. Street Bokeh Lights Out Of Focus. Autumn Abstract Backdrop.

Source: Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 211412020

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Front Row’s photography insurance policy is a good option for insuring your photo gear. Many Canadian photographers have come to recognize Front Row as the industry’s best coverage – and rely upon us to protect their valuable camera gear. You can get a quote, purchase a policy, or read more about the coverages available here: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com/

NOTE: This article is specifically about protecting your gear from rain and is not applicable to underwater photography. Underwater photography poses different kinds of risks and requires additional underwriting information to insure. If you do any photography underwater (or at the surface of water), contact us to discuss your insurance coverage options.

Refer a Friend to Front Row Insurance

Based on customer demand, we’ve setup our referral marketing program and if you refer a friend to Front Row, you could win a $15 Amazon eGift Card OR be entered into a random draw to win a $99 Amazon eGift Card! (depending on your province)

 

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

Amazon Associates Disclosure: Front Row Insurance is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This post may contain affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you.

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Fire, Flood, Injury: Infamous Stage Disasters & Insurance Considerations

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 4, 2020 10:13:39 AM

Fire, Flood, Injury: Infamous Stage Disasters & Insurance Considerations

Infamous Stage Disasters - National TheatreLondon’s National Theatre | Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1164426331.

This post reviews some infamous theatrical stage disasters that have happened over the years. We cannot guarantee that any of these disasters would have necessarily been covered under any insurance claim (coverage decisions are ultimately up to the insurance company), but it is nonetheless instructive to consider what has gone wrong during past live productions – and how insurance might have been helpful – especially if you work in the theatre world.

Globe Theatre fire – London, 1613

In 1613, the Globe Theatre in London burnt to the ground. This was the theatre where most of Shakespeare’s plays debuted, including The Tempest.

How did it happen?

A theatrical cannon – set off during a performance of All is True/Henry VIII – misfired, igniting the wooden beams and roof. There were no reports of any injuries.

A year later the theatre was rebuilt, only to be eventually demolished by the Puritans on ideological grounds.

Iroquois Theatre fire – Chicago, 1903

This tragedy was the deadliest theatre fire and the deadliest single-building fire in US history, resulting in at least 602 deaths.

How did it happen?

During a matinee of the musical Mr. Blue Beard, sparks from an arc light ignited a curtain, probably as a result of an electrical short circuit. The fire spread quickly from there and those in the crowded theatre began to panic and flee, but this resulted in a human stampede of sorts, and many weren’t able to get out alive.

Way Upstream flood – London, 1982

During a rehearsal of the play Way Upstream – which is set on a cabin cruiser boat on an English river – at London’s National Theatre in 1982, the water tank simulating the river burst. This flooded the National Theatre.

How did it happen?

The National had constructed a 6,000-gallon tank to hold the boat; the tank eventually split and deluged the stage machinery. The boat had been weighed down by a dozen people, half of them stage crew, at the time of the flood.

Mamma Mia! hair dryer slip – London, 2014

During a performance of Mamma Mia! in London, actress Kim Ismay (who plays Tanya) once swung a hair dryer around by its cable mid-song (as she does every night) only for the cable to snap and the hair dryer to hit an audience member in the face!

The audience member was given champagne during the interval to apologize for the accident. A nice touch, certainly – but not likely to be adequate if the patron still decides to sue.

Our SOLO Theatrical Insurance program includes General Liability. This coverage is designed to protect against all sums that the insured shall become legally obligated to pay for bodily injury, property damage or personal injury to third parties arising out of the operations of the insured production. It includes the cost of a lawyer to defend you.

Consider Front Row Theatre Insurance | Performing Arts Insurance | Liability Insurance for Theatre Production Companies

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Offering a simple and quick solution, our SOLO Theatrical Insurance program can be purchased online with a credit card in six minutes and can include the following coverage for up to 4-weeks with no minimum premium:

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

 

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Legal Expense Insurance

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 13, 2020 8:26:34 AM

Legal Expense Insurance

Legal Expense Insurance

With legal expense insurance, your legal risks are well managed.

We know you’re busy. You’re running your business and working hard at it. But whenever you have an unforeseen legal issue, we know it means more time and work for you – and it takes you away from doing what you love.

Front Row Insurance and DAS have partnered to save you time and effort by offering the option of legal expense insurance (LEI) as a part of your Front Row policy.

How would LEI help you and your business?

A legal expense insurance policy:

  • provides you with financial coverage for a variety of potential legal events,
  • empowers you to pursue or defend your legal rights, and
  • provides you with unlimited access to a general Legal Helpline

Legal expense insurance saves you time and money by helping to:

Defend or pursue your legal rights, such as:

  • Employment Disputes: If you face legal action from an employee or ex-employee
  • Legal Defence: If your business faces criminal charges, a police investigation or an occupational health and safety investigation
  • Contract Disputes and Debt Recovery: If you face a dispute with a client or supplier in regards to a breach of contract or failure to pay an amount owed
  • Statutory Licence Protection: If your business faces a suspension, alteration or cancellation of its business licence
  • Property Protection: If there is trespass or legal nuisance to your business property
  • Bodily Injury: If you or one of your employees is injured on the job as a result of someone else’s negligence
  • Tax Protection: If you face an audit or wish to appeal a decision from the CRA

With policy limits of $100,000 per claim and $500,000 in total per policy year, DAS provides you the financial security to continue your legal action over time and against well-funded foes.

You also receive unlimited access to the DAS Legal Helpline

You will not need to search the internet or pay out of pocket for answers and assistance to your legal questions or issues. Legal information is provided, even if the issue or question is not covered by the policy. We make it easy for you as our Helpline lawyers are available:

  • 8:00 a.m. to midnight local time
  • 24/7 in an emergency situation

To learn more, please contact us.

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About: DAS Legal Protection Inc. is the Canadian market leader and managing general agent specializing exclusively in Legal Expense Insurance. Working with brokers and corporate partners, we create access to justice solutions so Canadian individuals, families, and business owners can exercise their rights, preserve their budget, and be confident when facing an unforeseen legal event. DAS Legal Expense Insurance policies are underwritten by Temple Insurance Company, and both companies are members of Munich Re (Group). To learn more, please visit www.das.ca.

Topics: Entertainment Insurance, Workers Compensation, workplace insurance, legal expense

Front Row’s Referral Marketing Program

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 28, 2019 11:01:55 AM

Front Row’s Referral Marketing Program

Front Row Insurance referral program

You asked, we listened! In our September 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey, we saw your requests for a referral marketing program and so we promptly set one up. A full 47% of our customers hear about us through word of mouth, and we'd like to start showing our appreciation for these referrals.

If you’re a Front Row customer: just complete the form on this landing page and we'll email your friend about our insurance products. Referring a friend to Front Row gives you the potential to win a $15 Amazon eGift Card OR be entered into a random draw to win a $99 Amazon eGift Card! (depending on your province/state)

provincial/state differences are as follows:

  • AB & BC: You'll get a $15 Amazon eGift Card IF the person you referred becomes a customer

  • ON: Simply by making a referral, you'll be entered into a random draw to win a $99 Amazon eGift Card. The draw will be quarterly (every three months)

  • All other provinces/territories: excluded (when/if insurance regulations change in these provinces, we’ll likely expand our referral program to include them also)

  • US: excluded

Refer a Friend

There is no upper limit—refer as many friends as you'd like!                          

Note: Front Row reserves the right to refuse to pay a referral reward.

How to choose between a DICE Insurance Policy and a DigiGear Policy?

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 11, 2019 12:33:21 PM

HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN A DICE POLICY AND A DIGIGEAR POLICY?

DICE (docs, corporate videos, commercials, educational films, music videos)

The DICE Package Policy is intended to provide insurance for smaller budget documentaries, corporate videos, commercials, educational films, music videos and more. DICE is best suited for producers who are planning to produce projects other than feature films or TV series.

DICE can provide coverage for a full year for rented & owned equipment as well as Props, Sets and Wardrobe, Office Contents, Vehicle Physical Damage and more. Commercial General Liability coverage can also be purchased either together with the equipment coverage or on a standalone basis. If you would like more information or to request a free non-obligation quote, visit our DICE Policy website here. If you are a US based Producer, click here instead.

A DICE policy is available in ~4 hours by calling or emailing our office.

DigiGear (film equipment)

The DigiGear Policy is intended for owners of camera equipment, sound, lighting and other film equipment. All equipment is covered for: theft, damage, fire and loss of use. Like DICE, the DigiGear policy term is also for 12 months. A DigiGear policy is designed to cover owners/operators of production equipment whose operations or services fall within one of the below classifications:

  • Camera Operator
  • Director of Photography (DP) / Cinematographer
  • Videographer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Digital Imaging Technician
  • Grip

Unlike DICE, DigiGear is not a film production policy.

A DigiGear policy is available online in ~five minutes 24/7.
Note: coverage under DigiGear is only available to Canadian residents at this time.

For a visual overview of the two policies, view the infographic below:

DICE vs. DigiGear infographic

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Topics: Documentary Insurance, DICE Insurance, DigiGear, Film equipment rental insurance, corporate video insurance, music video insurance, Educational Film Insurance

Video: How do I add an additional insured to my policy?

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 31, 2019 12:08:26 PM

How do I add an additional insured to my policy?


If you’re applying for a permit to film or photograph on location, or host an event, you may have been asked to provide a certificate of insurance that adds an “additional insured” to your policy.

Adding additional insureds to your policy is actually really easy, especially with the tools that Front Row provides you.

First: I’m going to explain how to add an additional insured to your policy using Front Row’s blank certificate. If you just want to fill out the paperwork and get that permit, this is as far as you’ll need to watch. Second: I’ll explain what it means to add an additional insured to your policy.

How do you add an additional insured?

Most of the policies that you can buy through Front Row’s website come with something called a blank certificate of insurance. This is included along with the documents you receive by email when you purchase a policy with us. It’s sent to you as an attached PDF.

You will also receive a PDF with instructions on how to issue blank certificates. The blank certificate is a fillable form that you can use to issue your own certificates. If you open the blank certificate, you’ll see a fillable field at the top where you can add the Name and Address of the person or entity who you’re issuing the certificate to.

To add a person, company, city, or government agency as an additional insured to your policy, copy & paste their name and address into the fillable “issued to” field.

Then print a copy of the PDF so it can no longer be altered. Give the certificate holder or permitting office their copy, and send a copy to our office so we know who you’ve issued certificates to. The instructions we provide will tell you what email address to use when sending us your certificates.

That’s it! You’ve just added an additional insured to your policy. You don’t need to get our approval or wait for any confirmation on our end. Front Row’s blank certificates are quick and easy, giving you the freedom and flexibility to provide the insurance documents you need to secure location permits or rent out venues or equipment.

Now, I should add one caveat. The blank certificate form will work in most cases, but occasionally, you may have to contact our office to get a custom certificate prepared. Some organizations want to see specific wording on their certificates that doesn’t appear on the blanks. If you’re not sure if you will need custom wording, try the blank certificate form first. If they reject it, then contact our office.

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Topics: Film Insurance, photography insurance, Additional Insured

The Sustainable Production Forum & Sustainability in the Film Industry

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 17, 2019 6:18:03 AM

THE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM & SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FILM INDUSTRY

THE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION FORUM#greenproduction #greenfilm #sustainability #sustainablefilm #gogreen

“The average person generates about 7 tonnes of carbon a year. A single film technician typically generates 32 tonnes per year.”
Melanie Dicks, co-founder of Greenshoot

This post about sustainability in the film industry is a natural extension of the last two climate-related posts we wrote on carbon offsetting and the Global Climate Strike. As Front Row cares about the environment and improving sustainability in the entertainment industry, it only made sense to become a sponsor of the Sustainable Production Forum (SPF), which focuses on challenges and solutions to greening the motion picture and entertainment industry.

Sustainability Issues in the Film Industry

First, what do we mean by sustainability? The basic definition is “the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.” But here, we’re talking more specifically about environmental sustainability, which is defined as “the rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely. If they cannot be continued indefinitely then they are not sustainable.” –Thwink.org

“Entertainment, as a sector, has always lagged behind in incorporating sustainability.” –Zena Harris, President, Green Spark Group

Mountains of plastic water bottles or landfill-bound sets are not uncommon for big-budget shoots. A single mid-sized TV series can consume up to 57,000 water bottles and 810,000 sheets of paper per season.

A large TV series or film feature can be expected to consume construction material (over 900 tonnes for a large feature; 3,000 tonnes for a blockbuster) and gasoline (up to 175,000 litres for a large TV series).

All these numbers add up to a significant environmental sustainability challenge for the entertainment industry.

Examples of Sustainable Production Programs & Initiatives

In BC, sustainable production dates back to the 2006 creation of Reel Green, which provides tools and information for companies wishing to produce motion pictures in an environmentally responsible manner.

NBC Universal launched their “Green is Universal” initiative in 2007 along with a Sustainable Production Program and Green Production Guide. Green is Universal is NBC’s ongoing green initiative dedicated to raising awareness, effecting positive change to the environment and substantially greening its own operations.

In 2009, Green Screen Toronto published Green Practices Handbook [PDF], one of the first industry reports to note cost savings due to sustainable practices on large feature films.

Sustainable Lockup logoKeep it Green Recycling and Green Spark Group created the Sustainable Lockup in May 2017; the initiative has redistributed “well over 100 tonnes of set materials” — including windows, doors and flats. Sustainable Lockup also has a program to get leftover food from on-set catering to people who need a meal.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has been a leader in helping transition the UK’s entertainment industry to environmental sustainability.

The set of UK short film The Blue Door (2017) was designed and built using 100% recycled and reclaimed materials – even down to the screws. Once filming was over, all of the set was returned to the production designer’s prop centre, where it could be hired back into the industry and repurposed for future productions.

How Sustainability Benefits Industry & Society

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 employed an eco-manager who helped reduce bottled-water use. A typical 60-day film shoot can save upwards of $6,000 just by eliminating plastic water bottles. Similarly, Tomorrowland employed an environmental steward and achieved a 91% waste diversion rate from landfills by following a comprehensive zero waste initiative.

The Man in the High Castle’s third season reportedly saved over $50,000 by implementing sustainable production practices, including simply switching from single water bottles to larger ones and having people bring their own bottle.

Green Spark Group works with producers to establish and meet sustainability goals. On average, Green Spark claims to save producers it works with some $73,000. Working with Green Spark in 2015, The X-Files diverted more than 81% of its total waste from landfills, achieving US$41,000 in overall cost savings.

Zero-emission vehicles (ZEV)Environmental activists in the entertainment industry – including SPF – are pushing for the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV). The Government of Canada has even set ambitious federal targets for ZEV reaching 10% of light-duty vehicle sales per year by 2025. The use of ZEV instead of vehicles that emit exhaust gas of course benefits the industry and society as a whole through less pollution. In BC, 95% of electricity is generated from renewables – mainly hydro. It costs $2.10 to charge a Tesla Model 3 to drive 100 km. By comparison, it costs approximately $23 in gas to run a typical V6 sedan for 100 km. ZEV vans and light-duty trucks will save productions significant dollars in fuel costs.

Attend SPF (Sustainable Production Forum)

Interested in learning more about greening the film industry? The Sustainable Production Forum focuses on the pressing issue of sustainability within the motion picture and entertainment industry. Learn more at https://www.sustainableproductionforum.com/

As climate change becomes increasingly urgent, all industries need to take up the flag of sustainability and create collaborative solutions to reduce our collective footprint.

 

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Topics: sustainability