Filming

If you're interested in using an Simon Fraser University campus location for your next production, we're currently adhereing to a set of specific COVID-19 Protocols for all filming at SFU.

For inquiries, please contact filming@sfu.ca

Filming at SFU COVID-19 Protocols:

The following protocols are in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 when filming at SFU.

The SFU Film Office is responsible for developing and updating this document to meet current mandated requirements as advised by SFU, BC Provincial Health Office, WorkSafe BC, and Creative BC, and are subject to change.

•      Productions to provide their safety plan for review by SFU before consideration for filming can be provided

•      Production to provide the name and contact information of the health/safety officer, or the appropriate person who is managing health/safety on set

•      Anyone ill is not permitted to be on campus

•      Anyone who has travelled must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus

•      Anyone who has come in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus

•      Physical distancing of 2 meters to be maintained, as advised by the Provincial Health Officer

•      Numbers of background will be restricted on campus, to be determined based on crew sizes, location, background/extras holding, etc. • Only essential crew to be inside buildings when production is shooting • All non-essential crew should remain outside with masks, as appropriate, and practicing physical distancing

•      Advance notice must be provided for location scouts to visit the campus for locations and possible filming. Access into buildings that remain closed may not be permitted.

•      Tech survey to be conducted a minimum 15 business days prior to prep.

•      All filming details and requirements (eg, light tube changes, security requirements, etc.) to be provided a minimum 10 business days in advance of prep, last minute requests will not be considered

•      Access to interior locations may be restricted due to faculty and staff that may be working, and classes that may be occurring inside the building

•      Scouts of interior locations to be kept to a minimum and may only occur once a building has reopened

•      Masks to be worn for all interior access. Gloves may be requested to also be worn.

•      Only one production will be permitted on campus at a time

•      SFU to conduct cleaning prior to and immediately following filming. The additional cleaning will be billed to production. It is understood and approved that production may also need to conduct cleaning as per contract and insurance

•      Use of atmospheric smoke or any special effect that could disperse droplets will not be permitted for interior locations

•      In some interior locations, 3-5 days may be required for the location to remain vacant before another production is approved to utilize the same space.

•      The SFU Film Liaison office will provide on-site support to ensure SFU safety measures are followed and campus attendees are kept informed about the activity on campus.

Basis for potential locations to be considered:

·        Only the Burnaby campus can be considered at this time.  There is not option to film at either the Vancouver or Surrey campus until restrictions have changed.

·        Sites can support film production requirements, with limited risk to University assets.

·        Minimal impact to daily vehicle traffic, with occasional truck traffic to support film operations.

·        Overall footprint of parking lots are sufficient for most film production needs.

·        Site access can be controlled, and would not utilize any SFU buildings outside of possible exterior set dressings, window coverings, etc.

·        Locations will require additional cleaning before and after filming wraps to ensure safety for production staff and those studying and working at SFU.  

·        In addition to the protocols set by SFU, productions must also have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. Employers must also ensure they are abiding by any relevant orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and health authorities.

·        The SFU Film Office is responsible for developing and updating this document to meet current mandated requirements as advised by SFUBC Provincial Health OfficeWorkSafe BC, and Creative BC, and are subject to change.