COVID-19

Last updated: 06/10/2021

This page outlines how Nice Media are currently responding the to COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly.

If you have any specific questions please contact Managing Director, Melanie Hickmore.

This page outlines how we are approaching our working practices and production processes in light of COVID-19 and the ongoing developments in terms of government guidelines.

Production has been more difficult due to the need for social distancing, but it’s not impossible. The impact of the vaccine roll out has made it safer to continue what we do.

We have adjusted our usual approach to filming to ensure that:

We use the minimum crew and cast possible

Social distancing is embedded into production practice

All cast and crew follow the ‘do’s and don’ts of how to stop infection spreading

We have continued all pre-production activities including:

Post-production activities have also continued in a similar way, including:

For shoot days, we are also ensuring that we have a plan B in place in case we have a situation where a cast or crew member is exposed to COVID-19 or shows symptoms in the lead up to a shoot date – in which case they would not attend the shoot. Common sense is key and if we need to cancel a shoot date in the interests of safety we will.

Locations

We shoot at locations that enable us to easily maintain social distancing. E.g. a workplace office that is currently unused for normal purposes / can be made available exclusively to us. We have access to studios that allow us to maintain social distancing whilst shooting high quality green and white screen footage. Our studios are in and around London.

Pre-production is key to the success of our shoot days. As a matter of course we carry out a recce and risk assessment on locations before we film. We now include a COVID-specific risk assessment and this is incorporated into our pre-production communications and guidance with our team, including external crew and cast.

Our external suppliers, e.g. Make Up Artists, are required to provide their own risk assessments. This documentation outlines the measures they have put in place to protect themselves and our talent (actors, presenters etc) in light of COVID risks factors.

Our creative response

COVID-19 is changing the way we think about work and the way we DO work. Video conference calls were already a familiar work practice for many and now more and more people than ever before know what ‘Zoom’ is.

As a consequence of the pandemic, we have produced corporate drama projects based solely on stories and interactions that take place within the context of video conference calls. All video content is ‘filmed’ and ‘recorded’ using a video conference facility.

Read this article to hear how we produced some of this content.

Also, we have pricing and information sheets for creating video projects using video conferencing software, and also, socially-distant studio-based filming with minimal crew. Contact us for more info.

OUR STATEMENT OF SUPPORT

We are sending our kindest wishes and regards to anyone who is being or has been personally affected by the COVID-19 crisis. We send our warmest wishes and thanks to those on the front lines. 

As a small business and a production company we rely heavily on external collaboration with production freelance crew, with actors and voiceover artists, and of course with our agency partners and clients. We are a mutually-dependent ecosystem and we want to continue to work with and support all of our collaborators during the crisis, wherever possible.

If you would like to discuss project ideas and explore any concerns, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you and explore ways that we can move through this current situation together and come out of it stronger and with new insights and ways of working. 

“Without a doubt, Nice Media made what felt like a complex process to produce a customer video feel like sheer simplicity.”
Darren Fell
Founder, Crunch