We are dedicated to supporting productions across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic to enable Extras and Supporting Artistes to return to set safely. As a casting agency, Uni-versal Extras is constantly reviewing the latest government legislation and advice, and working closely with the major UK film unions and bodies to ensure best practice.
As a part of our casting process, we speak with all of the Artistes we submit for consideration, which is one of the main reasons why we have the best turnout rates in the film and TV industries. These checks have been adapted to support safe casting in the current climate; they can also be individually tailored to your specific production’s needs. Uni-versal Extras already use multi-channel communications with our Artistes, meaning we have the infrastructure and tools in place to support additional checks and procedures in relation to Covid-19.
We speak with all our Artistes Uni-versal Extras has the industry’s leading turnout rates
Casting based on location Reduced Travel = Reduced Exposure
Measurements checked Savings Costumiers time
Photos are checked Ensuring Hair & Make-up requirements are met
Productions can make special requests For example, drivers only
Uni-versal Covid-19 On Set Guidelines Sent, Confirmed and recorded digitally, touch free
Productions specific Covid-19 guidelines Sent, confirmed and recorded digitally, touch free
Productions specific T&C’s Sent, confirmed and recorded digitally, touch free
Daily Health Surveys Only Artistes who pass the daily health declaration will attend set – replacements will be provided as standard
Day specific location, costume and other information Sent, confirmed and recorded digitally, touch free
Uni-versal Extras Covid-19 On set Guidelines Sent again, digitally
The UVE Client App is available for iPad via the App store or laptop via web https://adapp.universalextras.co.uk/ Enables a contactless and paper-free interaction with Artistes, ensuring that they do not need to approach beyond voice-range
Staggered Arrival Times Recommended to support social distancing on arrival
Uni-versal Guardians Trained and certified Guardians can be booked to coordinate our Artistes on set and ensure Covid-19 specific requirements are met
If an Artiste subsequently becomes ill Uni-versal Extras will trace their involvement and notify all productions they were involved with whilst potentially infectious
Continued well-being & mental health support We are dedicated to including ongoing well-being and mental health content in our newsletters during Covid-19
Feedback Surveys At a production’s discretion, we can conduct surveys to gather essential production feedback on processes, health and safety procedures and general set safety
With these things in mind, please find a variety of documents and resources in the table below. We will continue to update these documents as recovery continues.
If you have any questions on this topic, please Contact Us. Please note that this documentation must not be copied or reproduced without written consent from Uni-versal Extras Limited.