Mon 8th Mar 2021
In light of International Women's Day we talk to working mum of two Georgette Turner, Director, Production Safety, Boat Rocker Studios, who retrained as a COVID-19 Production Manager and has headed up COVID-19 teams on over 20 productions. We asked her about her experience this last year and how she helped production in lockdown.
"For the past four years I’ve been director of my own company Spotless H2O Services. Our whole purpose has been to offer sustainable and emission cutting alternatives to everyday filming equipment hire. Part of our services were solar powered toilets, recycling and cleaning and consumables.
As soon as lockdown hit I knew our units would be pivotal In getting the industry back to work so I contacted a building company and we co designed social distanced honey wagons, medical cabins and sanitising trailers so that when our industry got back on its feet we were ready to go. I took every course I could find on COVID-19 and how to stop the spread of the virus. I even wrote a training course for our cleaners and industry Marshalls so that they could have a better understanding on how to protect themselves and destroy COVID-19.
It all went from there really. Developing social distancing plans for film crews, devising budgets, training teams and then working myself as a Covid UPM. In just a year I've headed up COVID-19 teams on over 20 productions and am I am now working in house as the Director of Production Safety for a US studio."
- Georgette Turner, Director of Production Safety, Boat Rocker Studios.
This year, Georgette was also the recipient of The PGGB Innovation Award for Production Team category alongside Producer and ScreenSkills Head of Film & Animation Gareth Ellis-Unwin and Production Coordinator Marco Calabrese. Find out more about the Award here.