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The Complete Guide to Film and Digital Production, 3rd Edition by Lorene M. Wales

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19

Safety on Set

Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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It was truly tragic news when in 2014 assistant cameraperson Sarah Jones lost her life on a train trestle in Georgia. News of the event rattled the film industry, mainly because of the blatant disregard for safety shown by the filmmakers. This was not the only death that occurred on a film set. I once met a man who lost his legs when an errant stunt car careened into the camera truck he was sitting in. From 1980 to 1990 there were thirty-seven deaths on film sets from stunts that had gone wrong. No one should have to lose his or her life on a film set. The important thing to remember here is that these tragedies are avoidable. There are many measures ...

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