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Erol is highly qualified in Health & Safety Management for Film & TV. With 100+ credits and over 22 years of experience in a variety of productions around the world and is a full member of Equity.

A Fight Coordinator - Stunt Performer with a passion to create and develop effective and safe fight action scenes. As an ex-London Firefighter, able to deal with highly intense situations.

My history includes a vast amount of work as a Fight Coordinator and Stunt Performer. I was an instructor at The Action Academy, teaching different styles of combat, helping people understand the many considerations and variables of a fight scene.

SAFETY FIRST…
I have been part of the ongoing development and changes in health and safety for over 22 years, in the workplace and for productions. Understanding the moral, legal and economic responsibilities involved in a world where there is always an element of risk.

SCRIPT BREAKDOWNS AND RISK ASSESSMENTS…
I can do script breakdowns, risk assessments and create a budget for a fight action scene. Taking into consideration locations, sets, props and the capabilities of those involved. Making ample time for rehearsals and monitoring safety.

BEING PART OF A TEAM…
Whilst working in the UK and abroad, I have built my knowledge and developed different skillsets within the industry. Learning about the many aspects of a production and building relationships with those involved.

SUPPORT AND EXPERTISE
I enjoy guiding and supporting those who are involved in a fight scene, building their confidence and bringing out the best in them in a safe environment. Creating a controlled, monitored and adaptable routine to suit all. Supporting actors and the whole production team.

References are available.

**CERTIFIED IN CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS ON PRODUCTION TRAINING**

Languages Spoken: English

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Credits

Production Type Year Role
No Time to Die Film 2020 Stunts
The Batman Film 2020 Stunts
Gangs of London TV 2020 Stunts
Venom 2 TV 2020 Stunts

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'Health & safety in the film and TV industry'

Health and safety in filming is always a hot topic, now it’s red hot due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A ‘Production company’ is generally the ‘employer’ of crew, actors and stunt perfomers etc… So, it is their responsibility to make sure that there is a health and safety policy in place for a production. However, the health and safety responsibility doesn’t stop there – Producers, Production Managers, Directors and even crew members have a duty of care.

This is me performing a stunt in a scene from ‘Gangs of London’ with Stunt Coordinator Jude Poyer.

Why have I written this article?

This article is for people who want to get some basic insights into health and safety in productions. I have been in the filming industry for over 22yrs and I am qualified in Safety Management in Film and TV Production.

As an ex-firefighter, I also have a certificate in health and safety in the workplace. It’s an aspect of my life that has been an ongoing learning and training process, dealing with emergency situations and being aware of potential hazards was the major part of my work in the London Firebrigade.

Hopefully, you find some useful information from this article, that’s my goal.

Production companies are having to make big changes to their health and safety procedures. It’s not just a matter of the physical care of those involved in a production, we now have the extra challenge of dealing with a pandemic. Hygiene is of the upmost importance as is protection, both adding time and money to a budget and filming schedule. Whilst this extra pressure is rather daunting we have to remember the added restrictions from social distancing are temporary. It shouldn’t scare production companies, they just need to do extra planning. It appears they are and things are starting to move again in the industry.

Health and safety…

‘Health and safety policies’ - safety responsibilities are moral, legal and economic, by that I mean the well being of a person, the rules, regulations and costs.

It’s important to remember that different countries and locations may have different legislations, it’s also key to remember that each scene in a production will present itself with a different set of risk factors.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE:
https://www.thefightcoordinator.co.uk/post/health-and-safety-in-the-film-and-tv-industry

'The Coronavirus and the TV & Film industry' by Erol Mehmet

Medical staff around the world are superheroes fighting the Coronavirus. Globally, we are beginning to win the battle and our lives are starting to return to the new normal. Cinemas are due to reopen this month in the UK, cobwebs will be removed from the camera rolls and the popcorn machine will start popping once more.

Health and safety will be at an all-time high in movie theatres and it will be the hottest topic in production meetings. After all, the film company owners and the Producers are the first port of call that are accountable for accidents and some illnesses (due to negligence).

**There’s been no lights, no camera and no action for months…**

The Coronavirus bought TV and film production to its knees back in March, the cameras stopped rolling, film production companies and actors retreated to their homes.

Some battened down the hatches, others turned to online platforms such as Tik Tok to keep in touch with their fans and followers. Favourite shows did reruns and golden oldies graced our TV screens once more.

**The rich and famous aren’t immune to the virus***

The deadly virus isn’t prejudiced, it’s a cruel, invisible disease and even the rich and famous don’t get special treatment. At the end of March Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson revealed that they had contracted the virus whilst working in Australia on an unnamed movie. Thankfully they both made a full recovery and Tom Hanks is now in the news reiterating to everyone how important it is to wear face coverings because of the virus.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE:
https://www.thefightcoordinator.co.uk/post/the-coronavirus-and-the-tv-film-industry