The Screen Industry Guild went into bat this week for crews who were coerced into working 30 hours on a commercial over just two days.
When these hours were reported by members of the Guild to Executive Officer Karla Rodgers, spoke with the production explaining that not only were the hours way outside the Blue Book, (the standard conditions agreed between producers and the Screen Industry Guild), it is an unsafe work practice breaching the Health and Safety Act and work standards. The problem basically arose with the production company not employing an experienced production manager or 1st AD.
The production company said that they would be looking at how they operate in the future and asked whether they could forward the Guild contact details amongst their producers.
The Screen Industry Guild sees this as a positive result and wish to encourage producers to contact the guild when in doubt or if they require clarification on Blue Book issues. The Guild is also available to discuss "outside the square" scenarios that may fall outside the Blue Book, particularly when crew may need to be consulted to alternative approaches.
The Screen Industry Guild sees this collaborative style of working can only lead to a healthier safer screen industry.