On Set Headsets: Walkie-talkie Headsets and Earpieces for Filmmaking

Posted by Matthew Tingey on Feb 24, 2021 7:48:33 AM

On Set Headsets: Walkie-talkie Headsets and Earpieces for Filmmaking

On Set Headsets

Guest blog post by On Set Headsets

Whether you are a first-time production assistant or a veteran filmmaker, you will have to become familiar with walkie-talkies. Communication is a major component of filmmaking and this is normally done through a walkie-talkie that each crewmember is given at the beginning of the shoot.

Then comes a decision that could possibly affect the rest of your career: do you take the old production supplied drive-thru headset that has probably been used since When Harry Met Sally (1989)? Alternatively, did you come prepared with your own brand-new surveillance headset from On Set Headsets?

Thankfully, On Set Headsets has all the gear you need to make the right decision.

On Set Headsets is the #1 choice for surveillance earpieces in Hollywood. From the snowy mountains in Vancouver to the jungles of Hawaii, our products have been holding up wherever film crews go. For the travelling crewmember, here’s a look at some of our featured products:

FilmPro X | Motorola Walkie-talkie Headset

Designed in-house, the new FilmPro X [pictured above] allows the user to listen to their walkie-talkie and Comtek [device used to listen to actors’ mics] at the same time.

Our specially designed FilmPro X (short for ‘cross’) eliminates the need to wear a separate earpiece for your Comtek, as it crosses both wires into one.

Perfect for ADs and ACs who need to listen-in on the action, the FilmPro X will make sure you hear what you need to, when you need to. To protect your investment, we also throw in a free travel case as well as offer a Lifetime Warranty on the FilmPro X, so you can breathe easy and stay focused on your work.

The Shorty | Walkie-talkie Shortened Headset for Chest Rigs

Onsetheadsets ShortyPossibly the most anticipated product that we have for 2021 is the Shorty, a headset we make specifically for chest pack users.

Taken from the same design as our most popular headset, the FilmPro, the Shorty is just a shortened version so that it fits perfectly in chest packs. No more “rat’s nest” of cables in your chest pack with the Shorty!

Tubeez | Threaded Walkie-talkie Earpiece

Add a little spice to your set wear with your own custom Tubeez, an acoustic tube that comes in different styles and colours. Once Tubeez hit the market in 2019, they have been on fire. Borrowing from the same technology that scuba divers use to wrap their cables, we “wrap” acoustic tubes with a soft nylon fabric.

Onsetheadsets TubeezThis makes what used to be a cold, hard, plastic tube into a soft and comfortable earpiece that you can wear all day long. In 2021, we are excited to introduce four brand-new Tubeez colours – Gold Fleek, Indigo Purple, Totally Teal and Turquoise Turtle. Standby in style with a Tubeez!

As always, your headset is only as good as our assurance. That is why we offer a 1-Year Guarantee on all our headsets. And whenever we need film insurance, we go to our friends at Front Row Insurance!

Get Film Insurance | Short-Term Film Production Insurance | Film and Video Equipment Insurance | Videographer Insurance

Front Row provides production and producer’s E&O insurance for: features, episodic television, docs, shorts and more. The next time you’re working on a film production, consider Front Row’s insurance policies:

Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film and video camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

 

About On Set Headsets:

On Set Headsets is a Vancouver-based company that is dedicated to providing the local and international film industry with high quality film gear. Founded by a filmmaker for filmmakers, On Set Headsets is consistently rated at the top of the surveillance earpiece market. Our products can be found in over 14 cities spanning across four countries through our exclusive distributors. Whenever you’re on a set, just take a look at the crew and you will most likely see them using our products. When you need headsets on set, call On Set Headsets.

About Front Row:

Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film and photography industries. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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Images in this guest blog post were provided with permission from On Set Headsets

Topics: Short Film Insurance, Film Production, Film Production Companies, DigiGear, insurance for film set

Canadian Filmmakers: Navigating Your Certificate of Insurance

Posted by Alyson Forster on Aug 4, 2020 7:12:08 AM

Canadian Filmmakers: Navigating Your Certificate of Insurance

If you’re a US-based filmmaker, read this blog post instead.

Congratulations, you successfully purchased your production insurance! Your broker has sent you a confirmation that your coverage is bound, a summary, invoice, and certificate of insurance. You review all of your paperwork and estimates from the rental house and permit office, but how do you know what coverage is what, or if you even purchased the correct coverage?

things that may go missed on a certificate that can ‘make or break’ you on the day of production:

  1. Make sure the production company’s name and address are correct. Rushed through the application? This is the time to triple check any spelling errors.
  2. If you are working (especially) on a Short-Term Production, double-check the effective dates. Make sure you include any additional pickup/drop-off dates that may be needed for props or rentals.
  3. Did a permit office request any special wording? This is the time to make sure you have the exact wording on your certificate as the insurance requirements noted.

Below is a sample certificate of insurance for Canadian film productions. We will review each section so you can properly understand what you are looking at.

Certificate of Insurance Canada

Ok, so from the top!

The highlighted section below is where your company information is located.

The non-highlighted section below is your insurance broker’s information.

Certificate of Insurance Canada

The next part of the first page will delegate the policy number and the start and end dates of coverage. If you need additional days for a short shoot, reach out to your broker immediately. If you request additional coverage dates after the expiration of coverage, you will be responsible for purchasing a new policy.

Certificate of Insurance Canada

If a permit office, rental house, or specific entity you are working with has requested special wording on a certificate, it will go here. If you do need special wording on your certificate, please make sure you reach out to your broker in advance. Special wording or endorsements such as a “Waiver of Subrogation” may take up to 24-48 hours to process from the carrier.

Certificate of Insurance Canada

The following pages of your certificate of insurance will outline the limits of insurance and retention or deductible. The deductible or retention is the amount you will have to pay the insurance company in a case of a loss that exceeds the deductible, and is located on the far right column.

Example: You rent a camera that has a replacement value of $50,000. The camera gets lost in transit. This means that for the insurance company to replace the camera, you will have to pay the deductible amount.

Example: You rent a grip accessory and the replacement value is $150. The grip accessory is damaged during the shoot. Since the accessory’s replacement value is less than the deductible, the insurance company will not cover the loss.

Certificate of Insurance Canada Schedule AHave more questions on the coverages on the far left column? Contact us.

 

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 insurers and clients to expedite the payment of claims.

Related:

US Filmmakers: Certificate of Insurance

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.

Topics: Short Film Insurance, Film Insurance, Film Production, Film Producers, DICE Insurance, Film Production Companies, insurance for film set, Certificates

Filmmakers and Producers Insurance

Posted by David McLeish on Nov 5, 2018 12:18:55 PM

film producers insurance

film producers insurance

Let’s Make Art Together.

You’re a prolific filmmaker with a full production slate. Like most creative people, you‘d rather focus on your work. The problem is that since each project requires its own insurance policy, it often feels like the more you work, the more time you have to spend dealing with insurance!

Worse, while you’ve always received good service from your broker, they don’t quite “get” what it is you do. It’s a hassle getting certificates for your vendors and cast and crew. Too many irrelevant questions are asked by the underwriter. When something unusual comes up like a drone shoot or stunts, there are delays. There has to be a better way.

Luckily, there is. Unlike most insurance professionals in Canada, we specialize in the business of entertainment insurance. It’s not just what we do, and what we’re good at; it’s what we’re passionate about.

Front Row Insurance Brokers is the largest entertainment insurance brokerage by premium volume in Canada, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York.

In 2017, we insured over $4 billion of productions worldwide and wrote more than $45 million in film premium. The 38 dedicated film insurance staff in our Canadian offices are experts in TV and film production, so you know you’ll be dealing with someone who understands what you do. Even better, we have staff licensed in every province.

Filming in sunny Saskatchewan? No problem, we’ll get you covered. Perhaps most importantly, as part of our commitment to exceptional service, we will work hard to ensure that the money owed to you is paid if you ever need to make a claim under your policy.

Moreover, our excellent working relationship with the five major companies writing entertainment insurance in Canada ensures that you get more than just the best rates. It also affords us the opportunity to design studio programs which offer coverage tailored to the unique needs of your production slate. A studio program is a custom policy designed by the broker working in concert with the insurer. The advantage to you is that it’s designed around your specific production slate. You won’t have to pay for coverage you don’t require, and your policy will be customized for you by experts in entertainment insurance who understand your needs. Some examples of the benefits available under a studio program include:

  • No cast medicals required for film budgets under $15,000,000, rendering it unnecessary to schedule and attend tedious doctor exams, and saving you the $130 exam fee.
  • Automatic coverage for test shoots, promo shoots, pilots for budgets up to $50,000: no need to call us.
  • Quotations provided immediately for any new project. Rates locked for 12 months. Coverage can be activated and certificates issued on the same day for office rentals, payroll, etc.
  • Insurance wherever you film.

Let us leverage your production slate, combined with our premium volume, for your advantage. We pride ourselves on being the simplest line item on your budget—fast, without the drama.

We can also offer you a Low-Claims Bonus: ask us how.

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Topics: Film equipment insurance, Short Film Insurance, Film Insurance, Entertainment Insurance, Cast Insurance, Film permission, Public Liability Insurance for Film, insurance for film set

Filmmakers and Insurance: What Moves You? | Film Insurance History

Posted by Casey Budden on Nov 5, 2018 11:59:13 AM

FILM HISTORY AND Film Insurance

Movie fans in theatre.What Moves You?

More than 100 years after their invention, “moving pictures” still seem to command our collective imagination. We often have very personal emotional attachments to movies: we say that certain films inspired us, moved us, shaped our childhood, shocked us, or opened our minds.

What is unique about the medium of film? What explains this continuing fascination despite all the other technological delectations our age offers up? Is it because film promises us a total escape from the everyday? Provides deep insight into the human condition? Or is it simply good entertainment?

Probably, it’s all of the above. 2017’s total box office results were the highest in history, with over $39 billion in takings worldwide despite the fact that public attention is more divided than ever, with video games, streaming services, and downloads all vying for a slice of their entertainment dollars. Clearly, movies aren’t going anywhere.

What is changing is the way content is delivered. Creators are both rapidly influencing, and being influenced by, new tech. This is not new: the history of film is one of periodic disruption followed by renewal in response to the changing tastes of audiences.

Film History 1920s - 1940s

Early “talkies,” which began to appear in the mid-to-late 1920s, were often compared uncharitably to earlier, silent films. Critics often felt that the spoken dialogue made for tawdry, artistically inferior pictures. Audiences loved them, however, and by the early 1930s, the majority of films were being produced with sound.

Starting around the same time and lasting until the late 1940s was the Hollywood “studio system”—a system of production characterized by complete vertical integration of the production process. The studio system totally dominated filmmaking during this period. Studios “owned” talent, cast was repertory, and filming was done mainly on elaborate sets or backlots rather than on location. Props and sets were also frequently recycled through various productions.

Many venues were owned by studios, which could thus control when, where, and for how long a film screened. Theatres that were not studio-owned were subject to a practice called “block booking” in which they were required to take on and screen entire slates of lesser-quality films from a studio in order to obtain screening rights to a single anticipated hit (thus, the term “B movie”).

Film History 1950s-1970s

As might be expected, this arrangement provided steady and reliable revenue for the studios. The big stars of the time were household names. Studios were nicknamed “Dream Factories” due to their ability to quickly churn out genre favorites—westerns, musicals, romances. Fantasy and spectacle were favoured over realism, and audiences gobbled them up. But new technology was already sowing the seeds of change: the rapidly growing popularity of television, as well as a landmark antitrust case in 1948 which forbade studios from owning movie theatres and curtailed the practice of block booking, placed the film business on shaky ground by mid-century. The severe slump which ensued was not truly reversed until 1972, the year The Godfather [Amazon Affiliate Link] was released.

The collapse of the studio system was both good and bad. As major studios were no longer guaranteed a theatrical release for their films, they became more risk-averse, tending to focus on properties they knew would make money. On the other hand, the proliferation of smaller studios and the uncoupling of distribution from production allowed many up-and-coming directors to make their mark.

The 1970s ushered in the emergence of a raft of auteur directors—Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski and Stanley Kubrick among them. These directors were influenced by European art-house cinema of the '50s and '60s and approached filmmaking with a markedly different aesthetic. Their films featured greater realism and frequently controversial subject matter. Like their European contemporaries from decades past, more scenes were shot on location. Dialogue was less frequently dubbed. Increased emphasis was placed on character and dialogue.

Simultaneously, and progressing in a completely opposite artistic direction, another trend was taking shape: the “Hollywood blockbuster.” Designed to maximize ticket sales for large studios, these films featured larger-than-life spectacle and action, supported by cutting-edge technology and special effects. Star Wars (1977) [Amazon Affiliate Link] represents the most obvious example of this phenomenon. Audiences flocked to the cinema for the first time in decades to be part of an experience they could not replicate with equipment available at home. The modern action-adventure spectacle was born (and continues, in the guise of the ubiquitous superhero movie).

Film History 1980s-modern era

The 1980s accelerated these changes in filmmaking. Major studios could no longer afford to back a loser, so often doubled down on grand special-effects laden productions that audiences would be guaranteed to love, or else reliable franchises such as Rocky [Amazon Affiliate Link], Rambo [Amazon Affiliate Link], Indiana Jones [Amazon Affiliate Link], Friday the 13th [Amazon Affiliate Link], A Nightmare on Elm Street [Amazon Affiliate Link], etc. The advent of home video technologies such as VHS and Betamax meant that a significant proportion of a film’s income now came not from box office, but home video revenues. This further opened up the playing field, as it was now economically viable for a small independent producer to market their movie “direct-to-video” and turn a profit.

Cut to present day where, in addition to the multiplex, you can now watch a film on your phone, tablet, smart TV, portable music player [Amazon Affiliate Link], or game console. Streaming services are the latest disruptive innovation and have changed the way episodic TV content, for example, is presented (no more “previously on…” and no more commercials). It’s arguably never been easier for a creator to get their work out there.

Audiences flocked to the “dream factories” of the Golden Age of Cinema because there’s no magic like movie magic. This hasn’t changed, and we don’t think it ever will. Film is the only medium that has the ability to inspire both our intellects and our hearts while completely engaging our senses.

At Front Row Insurance, we are “Passionate about the arts…better at insurance.” We love creatives and the creative work that they do. That’s what moves us. What moves you? Whatever it is, we probably have a policy that will suit you. Contact us.


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Topics: Entertainment Insurance, Film Producer's E&O Insurance, Public Liability Insurance for Film, Extra Expense Coverage, insurance for film set, Educational Film Insurance, film school insurance, pre-production insurance

THIRD PARTY PROPERTY DAMAGE LIABILITY (TPPD INSURANCE) EXPLAINED

Posted by Mike Groner on Jul 21, 2016 9:31:43 AM

Third party property filming
Third Party Property Damage (TPPD)

Third Party Property Damage coverage provides for the damage or destruction of property of others (including loss of use of the property) while the property is in the care, custody or control of the production company and is used or is to be used in an insured production. This is the most ideal coverage to insure a film location.

Third Party Property Damage may also be extended for damage to buildings and contents rented as living quarters for cast & crew during production.

Coverage does not apply to: liability for destruction of property caused by operation of any motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft, including damage to the foregoing; liability for damage to any property rented or leased which may be covered under props, sets or wardrobe, or miscellaneous equipment coverage (except, that loss of use of any such equipment is covered), will fall under those respective coverages instead.

This type of exposure is not covered under a Comprehensive Liability policy. Property Damage coverage written as part of the Commercial General Liability Policy excludes damage to any property in the production company’s care, custody or control.

THIRD PARTY PROPERTY DAMAGE & EXTRA EXPENSE INSURANCE

Extra Expense reimburses the production company for any extra expense necessary to complete principal photography of the insured production due to loss of, damage to or destruction of property  or facilities (props, sets, wardrobe or equipment) used in connection with the production.

Coverage can also be extended on some policies for delays due to civil authority, mechanical breakdown of camera equipment, disruption of outside power and non-industry strike.

To obtain coverage a no obligation insurance quote for your project, please click on one of the links below:

Film Production Package For a Single Production:Film Production Package for a single production: features, television series, documentaries, and more.

Blanket Annual Production Package:    A convenient way of administering your insurance if you anticipate multiple productions in the next twelve months. This type of policy covers Documentaries, Corporate Videos, Commercials, Educational Films, Music Videos, Shorts, and more.

RELATED LINKS:

Film Insurance 101 & How to Protect Your Film Project

Film Production Insurance: Why it is needed

Pre-Production Insurance

Film Production Insurance

How the Premium is Determined

Short Film Insurance

DigiGear Insurance

Props/Sets/Wardrobe Insurance

E&O Insurance

DICE Insurance

Third Party Property Damage

Crew Vehicles

Umbrella Vs. Excess Liability

Commercial General Liability

Negative Film / Videotape and Faulty Stock

Workers Comp

Cast Insurance

Extra Expense (EE)

Foreign Locations

Claims

Topics: Extra Expense Coverage, Third Party Property Damage, insurance for film set

Production Equipment and Props/Sets/Wardrobe Insurance Explained

Posted by Mike Groner on Jul 20, 2016 3:36:37 PM

PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT & PROPS/SETS/WARDROBE INSURANCE

PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT INSURANCE:

Covers against all risks of direct physical loss, damage or destruction to cameras, camera equipment, sound and lighting equipment, grip equipment, portable electrical equipment and generators, mechanical effects equipment and similar miscellaneous equipment against direct physical loss or damage to said property.  This coverage also typically includes loss of use of property of others for which the renter or producer is legally liable.

The limit of coverage for production equipment should be sufficient to cover the replacement cost of ALL equipment being used on the project.

Equipment owner operator insurance offered for Canadian film producers.

Most equipment rental houses will include in their contract a statement confirming renter’s requirement to fully insure the equipment in renter’s possession. 

Did You Know?

If you are using an individual’s personal equipment, and your intent is to provide coverage for it while being used on the production, a legal contract must be executed to define your obligations as the insurer will look for your legal obligation to trigger coverage.

 

Wardrobe

PROPS, SETS & WARDROBE (PSW) INSURANCE:

Provides coverage on props, sets, scenery, costumes, wardrobe and similar property against all risks of direct physical loss, damage, or destruction during the production.

There are typically restrictions or sub-limits under props/sets/wardrobe coverage for boats, train, planes, antiques, artwork.

Did You Know?

The insurance company will look for your legal obligation to provide coverage, so if your intent is to insure property being used for PSW, then we recommend that a legal contract be executed to define your obligation.

To obtain coverage a no obligation insurance quote for your project, please click on one of the links below:

Short-Term Production Insurance:Up to 14-days with no minimum premium. Coverage can include Commercial General Liability, Film Equipment Insurance, Props/Sets/Wardrobe coverage, Automobile Physical Damage and more.

Film Production Package For a Single Production:Film Production Package for a single production: features, television series, documentaries, and more.

Blanket Annual Production Package:    A convenient way of administering your insurance if you anticipate multiple productions in the next twelve months. This type of policy covers Documentaries, Corporate Videos, Commercials, Educational Films, Music Videos, Shorts, and more.

RELATED LINKS:

Film Insurance 101 & How to Protect Your Film Project

Film Production Insurance: Why it is needed

Pre-Production Insurance

Film Production Insurance

How the Premium is Determined

Short Film Insurance

DigiGear Insurance

Props/Sets/Wardrobe Insurance

E&O Insurance

DICE Insurance

Third Party Property Damage

Crew Vehicles

Umbrella Vs. Excess Liability

Commercial General Liability

Negative Film / Videotape and Faulty Stock

Workers Comp

Cast Insurance

Extra Expense (EE)

Foreign Locations

Claims

Topics: Film equipment insurance, insurance for film set

Effortless and Affordable Short-Term Film Insurance Canada

Posted by David Hamilton on May 27, 2016 3:49:23 PM

Short film insurance Canada


Short film insurance (Canada) can be arranged quickly through Front Row. Front Row's online short shoot program is quite popular with new and established filmmakers because of the low cost and the simple process to arrange a policy.

Note: the online program is for individuals who live or have a company in Canada at this time; however, worldwide coverage is available to Canadian filmmakers. For a US short film insurance quote, complete this form.

To provide you with a short film insurance quote, we need a few details. The fastest way to receive a quote is to complete this short application telling us about your project:

Get a 2 Minute Quote

We can provide Short-Term Equipment Insurance starting at $300 CAD!

If you would like to add film location liability for one week , we can do so for a small additional premium.

Front Row Insurance can also provide affordable coverage for: 

If you would like an annual policy to cover multiple productions, please visit our D.I.C.E Page (Documentaries, Industrial Films, Commercials, Educational Films – it also covers short shoots, music videos and feature films with lower budgets).

Topics: Short Film Insurance, Film Insurance, Film insurance broker, insurance for film set, film school insurance