Due to the highly complex nature of the filmmaking process, there are numerous OSHA safety regulations to keep people safe from physical injury on set. But what is frequently overlooked are the equally important workplace safety issues of sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation.
The film industry as a whole is working diligently to implement substantive reforms, but here in New Mexico we have certain unique challenges. At any given time as many as two-thirds of our productions may be filming in remote locations with potentially no cellphone access when things go wrong. Also, here as elsewhere, actors and crew may be pressured about, or discouraged from, reporting abuse when it occurs.
Local and national headlines and the #metoo movement are shining a stark spotlight on the absence of substantive guidelines to safeguard vulnerable talent and crew members from not only sexually abusive practices, but abuses of power in regards to other forms of set safety as well.
The Safe Sets® Initiative was founded to ensure that we will never lose another promising and talented working professional like Halyna Hutchins again!
Our Mission Statement
-Founder Lara Dale
What if all film sets were completely safe – whether in a studio or on a remote location – and everything that occurred on those sets was respectful and consensual?
Getting there requires onset allyship, reporting infrastructure, revocation of incentives, and industry and legislative reforms.
That’s why I founded the Safe Sets® Initiative.
Our outreach with the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Legislature, IATSE and SAG-AFTRA is establishing industry-wide film safety standards, educational models and gender-neutral harassment protections, especially as they pertain to remote location shooting.
These reforms will provide straightforward guidance, mitigate liability and will generate industry confidence. That’s why our motto is:
“Making Sets Safe for Everyone!”