And… Action! Testing in the Time of Corona

Posted by Sandi Cooper on Oct 8, 2020 7:05:47 AM

And… Action! Testing in the Time of Corona | SetTest

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Guest blog post by SetTest

SetTest has secured private laboratory capacity for COVID testing, available now (October 2020), and is scaling to increase over the next ninety days. Clients are rushing to reserve access to this Health Canada-approved, accredited testing capability that is impervious to the fluctuations of public health and provides reliable turnaround times.

When many sets across Canada heard “Cut!” for the last time on Friday the 13th of March 2020, there was no sense of how long it would last or how things would change. Tens of thousands of motion picture industry professionals across the country stayed home for months, with no choice but to watch, rather than create, countless hours of content. But these are creative problem-solvers, and immediately they began to develop guidelines and create solutions to get people safely back to work.

When it was determined that frequent testing for COVID was going to be required, it was clear that the industry would need partners who understand the medical system as well as motion picture production and its idiosyncrasies. Dr. Sam Gutman and Sandi Richter Cooper undertook to bridge the gap between medicine and industry.

Enter SetTest.

The SetTest Background:

Dr. Sam Gutman, an ER physician and founder of Rockdoc Consulting, has provided concierge medical services to the industry for over 25 years. He and his staff have been providing complex logistics expertise and medical services for live production across Canada and around the world.

With live events and mass gatherings on pause during the pandemic, Rockdoc has pivoted, deploying its extensive infrastructure, resources and staff to meet the needs of motion picture production. Together with Sandi Richter Cooper, the immediate-past BC Film Commissioner, they have been working with productions to navigate the new COVID safety and testing requirements, providing the needed interface between production and medicine.

This SetTest team has decades of motion picture industry experience and they know what it takes to keep production on schedule. Their staff has a proven and trusted track record of reliability and responsiveness to provide the standard of film-friendly service and flexibility that the industry demands.

Since cameras started rolling again, the SetTest team has provided COVID services and administered thousands of tests for cast and crew on more than 40 film, television and commercial productions in BC and Ontario. With a scientific eye, the team stays informed as medical solutions emerge and adapts to continue to meet the industry’s evolving needs.

The SetTest Process:

At a studio, hotel, residence, office or location, Set Test deploys qualified, production-savvy professionals for onsite collection of specimens using bilateral nasal swabs that are transported to an accredited laboratory facility that uses Health Canada-approved polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology.

Test results are reported to the production as soon as they’re available, within 24-72 hours. Reporting is timely, secure and PIPEDA-compliant (comparable to HIPAA-compliant in the US). Our team covers all aspects of general healthcare needs for the motion picture industry, including flu shots, and a full range of specialized COVID services. Custom packages are created for each production with pricing based on each project’s unique requirements.

With the currently approved and available PCR testing, there had been a bottleneck at the lab, as the entire industry had been dependent on a single accredited lab for processing. With reasonable priority on public health demands, and a sudden massive need from productions, coordination and turnaround time at the lab became unpredictable. To meet the moment, the SetTest team created near-term and long-term end-to-end independent solutions that are now being deployed.

“And…  Action!”


About the SetTest Team:

Dr. Sam Gutman, Chief Medical Officer of Rockdoc, is Canada’s most experienced Medical Director for mass gatherings, events and entertainment, and has designed and operated the medical and emergency programs for large-scale music festivals, concerts and mass gatherings, including Ironman and the Olympic Games. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, with affiliates across Canada, Rockdoc has decades of experience providing urgent and continuing healthcare and helping clients effectively navigate public and private healthcare systems.

SetTest founder Sandi Richter Cooper, immediate-past BC Film Commissioner, with decades of physical production experience, collaborates to support the motion picture industry. BC, Canada’s largest production center, has the experience, infrastructure, talent, locations and collaborative community necessary to face new industry challenges as they evolve.




Topics: COVID-19

Cleaning & Sanitization with Safety Monitors, Foggers and UV-C Light

Posted by Michelle Briggs on Aug 17, 2020 7:23:55 AM


Fogger being sprayedSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1764454877 | Shutterstock

Guest blog post by Fusion UV-Clean

UV-Clean is a specialized division of Fusion Cine, a national sales and rentals company supplying high-end cinema and broadcast equipment (i.e., ARRI, Angénieux, Fujifilm, RED, Sony, Zeiss, etc.) to the film and television sector.

We combined equipment sanitization processes with Canadian and international health and safety guidelines to create safe and efficient sanitization workflows to help film & TV productions get back to work in this “new normal.”

In order to serve this growing need for thorough sanitization, we have broadened our scope of service beyond film & television to customers in corporate, retail, industrial, government, education, and houses of worship.

What can Fusion UV-Clean do for you?

Fusion UV-Clean provides, deploys, and integrates medical grade cleaning and sanitization products that create an additional line of health and safety to even the most sensitive of work and study locations.

Available products and packages include:

  • Facial recognition monitors to control both access and temperature detection
  • UV-C germicidal irradiation technology
  • Fogging with non-corrosive agents that cause no harm to the environment and clean the air and sanitize surfaces to ensure an environment free of germs

What Fusion UV-Clean offers:

We offer germicidal solutions, product bundles and workflows that will save you time, money and help provide worksite safety tools that meet and exceed WHO and CDC guidelines.

Read on to find out what solution is best for your specific needs.

Facial recognition Access Control & Temperature detection

FACT Health and Safety MonitorAvailable in 7” and 8” monitors (with the 8” being waterproof), the FACT Health and Safety Monitor system allows businesses to monitor a person’s temperature and control who has been approved to enter a facility based on registered face recognition.

Each device has a no-contact automatic body temperature detector with a measurement range between 30-45 degrees Celsius.

The unique facial recognition algorithm allows you to register and record pre-uploaded temperature information for crew and/or staff.

The product can also be integrated to control access to doors and/or gates where individuals have been approved to go (if their temperature is within a normal range.)

Key FACT Health and Safety Monitor Benefits

  • Safety control over facility
  • Straightforward cataloguing of individuals
  • Affordable

Fogging – what is it?

Fogging is an efficient way to disinfect both indoor and outdoor objects, surfaces, and areas to eliminate the growth of harmful bacteria.

Foggers create a small particle, between 0-50 microns, whereas traditional squeeze or pressure sprayers have a particle size of around 250 microns.

When you sanitize with a fogger, you are forming a canopy that moves through the air and slowly descends below surfaces and objects. Because the particles are so small, many of them are picked up by the airflow within a room, allowing the particles to travel further, ultimately carrying the disinfect solution to areas that are often hard to reach.

These particles not only disinfect the surfaces they touch or land on but also disinfect the air within the spray area.

Key Fogging Benefits

  • Disinfecting with a fogger eliminates 99.99% of bacteria, mold and mildew
  • Small particles reach areas that may not be cleaned with traditional techniques
  • Environmentally friendly 
  • Cost effective
  • Non-corrosive
  • Little to no waste implications
  • Effective and long lasting
  • Requires little effort from user

Fogging Safety

Fogging safety is primarily about the disinfectant solution that is used. UV-Clean has tested both water-based ammonium chloride and water-based sodium chloride and both have been proven safe to spray without the use of any personal protective equipment (PPE).

Fogging machines are safe to use in both indoor and outdoor environments. Again, no PPE is required, but some operators may request ear protection because many of the machines are loud when turned on.

UV-C Light – How does it work?

When UV-C light is shined on bacteria and other pathogens, it can destroy their ability to multiply, ultimately killing them.

The effectiveness of UV-C disinfection can vary based on a few factors, including:

  • Length of exposure to bacteria
  • Intensity of the radiation
  • Microorganism’s resistance to the radiation

Length of exposure is based on the size of the area or surface that you wish to disinfect. Larger areas require more radiation and longer exposure times to ensure all objects and surfaces are hit with the light. Often, objects within the area will need to be turned or placed upside down to ensure all areas have been hit with the light and are properly disinfected.

It is ideal to deliver multiple passes of light exposure in order to ensure that bacteria with a bit more resistance will be destroyed.

The object or surface that requires disinfecting must be exposed to direct light from the UV-C fixture or bulb to disinfect properly. Anything blocking the light – including shadows – will lessen the intensity of the light.

Key UV-C Light Benefits

  • No harmful chemicals
  • Low maintenance
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Extremely effective
  • Kills pathogens without immunity
  • Medical grade technology
  • Safe on electronics
  • Has been used to clean water and air for 40+ years

UV-C Light Safety

UV-C light should always be handled with care, as prolonged direct exposure can be harmful to skin and eyes. Wearing proper protective eyewear and clothing that does not expose any skin is highly recommended to ensure the safety of the operator.


About: Fusion UV-Clean offers health & safety and germicidal solutions and workflows that save you time and money and provide worksite safety tools that meet and exceed WHO and CDC guidelines. Your team and assets’ health and safety are our priority.

Topics: COVID-19

The Top 10 Films that Could Have Been Made During the COVID Pandemic

Posted by Grant Patten on Jul 27, 2020 7:11:04 AM

The Top 10 Films that Could Have Been Made During the COVID Pandemic

…because they’re small scale, one-location film productions / one-room movies / one-location movies / single-location movies / films shot in one room

  1. Rear Window
  2. Sleuth
  3. My Dinner with Andre
  4. Dogville
  5. Death and the Maiden
  6. Wait Until Dark
  7. Dog Day Afternoon
  8. Deterrence
  9. Tape
  10. Arsenic and Old Lace


As COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures drag on in various parts of the world, the reality is that film productions may have an easier time getting financed and off the ground if those productions are made to be small scale in nature, and therefore easier to contain. When there are fewer people on set and in the cast, generally speaking, there are fewer risks involved. And when there are fewer risks involved, financiers and insurance companies are more amenable.

It may be fruitful, then, for filmmakers and film producers to consider how their productions could be simplified and scaled down. Sometimes this may be possible; sometimes it may not.

Of course, we realize that a movie originally planned to be the next Michael Bay-style action blockbuster can never realistically be scaled down to Rear Window size. However, filmmakers are – by their nature – creative individuals, and they just may surprise themselves with what is conceivable if they really take on this challenge to rethink their production scale.

In no particular order:

Rear Window Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1692012427Movie #1: Rear Window (1954)

Arguably, Hitchcock’s best film, Rear Window involves Jimmy Stewart’s photographer character confined to a wheelchair in his apartment. He gets curious about the neighbours in the building across the street, and a murder mystery ensues.

Rear Window was shot entirely at Paramount Studios on a large set replica of a Greenwich Village, NY courtyard.


Movie #2: Sleuth (1972)

Athelhampton House Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1109553560Another fun mystery movie that was filmed on a small scale is Sleuth, starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. The plot involves Caine asking Olivier to divorce his wife so that Caine can marry her. Rather than simply granting this request, Olivier’s character decides to play a game, “a game with potentially deadly consequences.”

The film was shot primarily at Athelhampton House, Dorset, England (pictured) with some of the interiors recreated at Pinewood Studios.

The film was remade in 2007.


Jefferson Hotel Royalty-free stock photo ID: 631982939Movie #3: My Dinner with Andre (1981)

It’s true, “two guys sitting at a table talking over dinner” doesn’t sound like a great movie idea and we can only wonder how it ever managed to get financed. Nevertheless, get financed it did, and it’s actually a pretty good movie featuring some interesting philosophical conversations about life, mortality, theatre, spirituality and more.

The film was shot entirely at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia (interior pictured).


Movie #4: Dogville (2003)

Danish director Lars von Trier never makes straightforward, “normal” films, and Dogville is no exception to that – this film uses an extremely minimal, stage-like set to tell the story of Grace (Nicole Kidman), a woman hiding from mobsters.

The minimal, artificial set – with no pretense of looking anything like reality – is jarring when you begin watching the film, but eventually, the obvious artifice of the set gives way to the story and the solid performances.


Movie #5: Death and the Maiden (1994)

Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden is a suspenseful thriller film based on a stageplay. The plot concerns a political activist (Sigourney Weaver) who is convinced that her guest (Ben Kingsley) is a man who once tortured her for the government.

The film was shot mainly in one interior location in France, with a few exteriors in Spain.


Movie #6: Wait Until Dark (1967)

Wait Until Dark involves a blind woman (Audrey Hepburn) being terrorized by a trio of criminals while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

The movie was shot primarily in a Manhattan apartment, with some studio interiors shot in Burbank, California.


Movie #7: Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Al Pacino arguably gives one of his better performances in this crime drama film where he plays real-life criminal John Wojtowicz, who purportedly robbed a bank in 1972 in order to pay for his lover’s sex reassignment surgery.

Dog Day Afternoon was shot primarily at a bank in Brooklyn, NY that no longer exists. Some exteriors were filmed near Prospect Park.


Movie #8: Deterrence (1999)

This political drama film imagines what might happen if the US president gets holed up in a diner during a freak snowstorm and has to deal with an escalating nuclear crisis at the same time.

The movie was filmed entirely in a diner (set in Colorado).


Movie #9: Tape (2001)

This American drama film starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman is based on a play of the same name. The simple plot involves three old high school friends meeting in a motel room and dissecting painful memories from their past.

The movie takes place in real time and was filmed entirely in a single room in New York.


Movie #10: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Arsenic and Old Lace | This work is in the public domain

This Frank Capra screwball dark comedy based on a stageplay concerns a writer (Cary Grant) whose aunts turn out to be serial murderers who poison aged bachelors “to end their suffering”.

The film was shot entirely in the Warner Brothers Burbank Studios in Burbank, California.


Hopefully, some of the above examples can inspire filmmakers and film producers to think about how to sufficiently amend the scale of their projects (if feasible) to enable them to more easily move forward in this ongoing COVID pandemic environment.

Good luck and take care,

—The Front Row Team


About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that provides film insurance for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims.


WSPS Guidance on COVID-19


Rear Window photo: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1692012427, Shutterstock

My Dinner w/ Andre photo: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 631982939, Shutterstock

Sleuth photo: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1109553560, Shutterstock

Arsenic and Old Lace photo: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1925 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.

Topics: COVID-19

Guidance on Health and Safety for Film & TV Workers during COVID-19

Posted by Grant Patten on May 15, 2020 11:04:26 AM


HEALTH & SAFETY FOR FILM & TV WORKERS DURING COVID-19Source: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1680037777, Shutterstock

The Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) has released some helpful guidelines for those in the film, TV and live performance industries who will soon be returning to production work in this COVID-19 environment. WSPS is an Ontario-focused organization, but this information could still be useful to those in other provinces or even the US as well.

Front Row Insurance is merely passing on these WSPS guidelines that might be helpful to some in planning their return to production, but please also consult an employment lawyer, public health and industry associations and government recommendations. The below is for informational purposes only and should not be considered advice.

Controls to consider for returning to production during COVID-19:

The WSPS documents have some helpful points to consider, including…

Are there tasks you can minimize or eliminate? For example, could any scenes that were planned to involve numerous people potentially be cut down to fewer people? Similarly, can scenes that involved people close together potentially be restructured to allow social distancing?

Limit entry points and control who comes onto set, who they speak to, and what they handle.

Have all crewmembers and visitors wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, before entering the set, after contact with others, and with surfaces others have touched.

Train crewmembers on COVID-19 transmission points, steps being taken to protect them, and how to protect themselves, including frequent hand sanitizing, and not touching their face.

Is there an opportunity to put barriers in place between crewmembers on set? Consider using floor markings to keep people at a safe distance apart.

Is there an opportunity to improve fresh air intake/air circulation on set?

Increase cleaning frequency – on everything from desks, seats and vehicles to commonly touched surfaces like cameras, computers, microphones, phones, door handles and switches.

Ensure laundering instructions are being followed for wardrobe.

Review sanitation practices for hair and makeup stations to avoid spreading the virus and implement new practices.

Replace buffets with wrapped food items.

Consider having personal protective equipment (PPE) for crewmembers. Some examples of PPE that may be suited to supervisors, production or operations management work include gloves, masks, goggles and/or face shields.

Review your preventative measures on an ongoing basis, and adjust them if they are not working well enough or causing other issues with your work.

COVID Guideline Documents from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS):

The above points are selections from the WSPS documents; you are encouraged to download the full documents, linked below:

Download: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Television Hosts, Technical Crews and other TV and Film Employees during COVID-19 [PDF]

Download: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19 [PDF]

NOTE: These documents are intended for informational purposes only to provide an overview of the potential hazards posed in the workplace due to COVID-19. They are not intended as medical advice, to provide a comprehensive risk assessment for all workplaces, or to replace any legislated workplace safety obligations. Due to the ongoing evolution of the situation in Ontario and around the world, these documents may be used as a guide for Employers in addition to guidance delivered by public health authorities such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” Any use which is made of these documents by any Employer, or any reliance on or decisions to be made based on them, are the responsibility of the Employer.

Good luck and take care,
The Front Row Team


Topics: Film Production, Film Producers, Film Production Companies, TV Series, COVID-19