Sat 17th Apr 9:30am - Wed 5th May 2021 7pm

Saturday 17th April 9.30am-5pm, Saturday 24th April 9.30am-5pm and Wednesday 5th May 6-7pm

£400 + booking fee + VAT

The deadline for applications is Thursday 15th April. Please note this is the last opportunity to take this course so don't miss out!

This course will be run remotely using Zoom

Course overview

COVID-19 will have a continuing financial, logistical, legal and strategic impact on productions well into 2021. This training aims to address the need for greater synergy in standards, practices, knowledge, and strategies for COVID-19 supervision on domestic and international feature film and high-end TV drama productions. The course will be accredited by the CPD Standards Office and has been developed in partnership with the British Film Commission (BFC). It follows extensive consultation with leading industry experts across a number of areas in film and high-end TV drama production, including the Producers Guild of America (PGA), media law (Wiggin), sustainability (Albert), health and safety (First Option), infection control (Cavendish Health), mental health (Solas Mind), wellbeing (6ft from the Spotlight) and leadership (Leading Ideas). The course provides a comprehensive programme for those seeking to navigate these new challenges. Participants will gain exclusive access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) in order to keep your knowledge, skills and understanding up to date and supported as the situation continues to develop and change.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at feature film &/or high-end TV production managers, line producers and location managers with experience in their current grade which is relevant to this high level strategic and managerial role, and who need to gain greater insights into the various direct and indirect consequences of COVID-19 safety protocols in order to perform the role of Covid Supervisor on film and high-end TV drama production. 

What the course covers

  • A comprehensive guide to applying the British Film Commission’s ‘Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and High-end Television Drama Production Guidance’.
  • Core production management skills regarding the impact of COVID-19 on budgeting and scheduling for UK and US productions.
  • Best practice and knowledge of coordinating infection control and up to date insights into COVID-19 from leading medical experts.
  • Health and safety practices, legislation, risk assessments and due diligence.
  • Impacts and strategies for production insurance.
  • Effective strategies for leadership and supporting mental health.
  • Covid Supervisor toolbox.
  • Membership to the VLE for ongoing CPD support. Here participants become trailblazers to navigate productions through the next phase of the pandemic and beyond.

  • Programme

    Day one

    9.30am Registration and welcome

    10am British Film Commission 'Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and High-end TV drama'

    11am Module 2: What is the role of the Covid Supervisor?

    12pm Break

    1pm Module 3: Health and Safety Part 1

    3pm Module 4: Covid Production Management

    4.30pm Module 5.1: The Covid Supervisor Toolbox part 1

    5pm Finish

    Day two

    10am Module 6: Health & Safety Part 2

    12pm Break

    1pm Module 7: Leadership Skills

    3pm Module 8:  Mental Health Best Practice

    4pm Module 5.2: The Covid Supervisor Toolbox part 2

    5pm Finish

    Five days before review session

    Deadline to submit 5-10’ reflective presentation video.

    Review session

    6-7pm Review session

    How the course is delivered

    This course will be delivered online via Zoom by a selection of world class experts within each field, in distinct 1-2 hour blocks for eight modules over two days, with a further review session to gain accreditation.

    Continuous professional development will be supported beyond the course, through a Virtual Learning Environment available for delegates to access for further guidance, training, support and connections. This will ensure that participants are kept up to date with latest information as we move beyond the pandemic.

    Application Details

    If you are interested in applying for this fantastic opportunity, please complete and return an application form and diversity form. The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 15th April.

    Please do read the application form carefully and complete all elements. Your application will be assessed by a panel who will base their decision solely on this form. We encourage you to detail relevant past and current experience, along with your plans for the future, highlighting how the course will benefit you in these.

    Please return both forms to [javascript protected email address] FAO Helen Curston. Please note that, on this occasion, we do not require CVs to be sent with your application.

    Due to the volume of applications we are unable to give individual feedback on applications.

    These sessions will be charged at £400 + booking fee + VAT. 

    Bursaries will be available for these sessions. For more information regarding bursaries for this course, please read the guidance; if applicable, please complete the form as per the instructions


    'The course was an excellent mixture of fact and experience. I now understand the rationale behind the rules and the ways this has been applied by others over the last few months. The ability to discuss concerns with someone who has already been there helps a great deal. It is a very well put together course and I would recommend it to anyone needing that level of understanding.' Tony Hood, Supervising Location Manager

    'A highly insightful course with members of the fraternity bringing in their first hand experiences of dealing with Covid compliance on set and the evolving nature of processes and protocols in highly challenging circumstances on both, low and high end budgets. As the Covid supervisor's role has evolved over the pandemic, the course aims to forensically break down the key responsibilities that differentiates the role of a Covid Supervisor working closely with senior production management in relation to testing and being legally complaint from a Covid H&S perspective, while also being a conduit with the on-set medical advisor's and their role in the management and reporting of positive cases on the production. The course does a brilliant job and aims to crystalize the responsibilities for production managers Covid supervisor's and medical advisors which helps maintain clarity in terms of responsibilities and clear lines of communication.' Malika Keswani, Production Manager

    'Working safely in a pandemic will always be challenging. The PG Covid Supervisor course offers real and practical instructions on how to raise questions and solve them going forward. As the pandemic evolves so too does the information on how to work safely. It’s an excellent course.' Sally Llewellyn, Producer

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