Movie set tragedy calls for a ban on guns

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New York – In computer-generated images, the magical boundaries that Hollywood can create, the expansive dystopian universe, seem to be the limits of the sky. A journey into space that is neither an astronaut nor a millionaire. An immortal journey into the future, or a return to a bygone era.

However, as the shocked and saddened industry recalled this week, many jobs still use guns (real guns) when shooting. And, despite rules and regulations, people can be killed, as happened when Alec Baldwin was handed a weapon and told it was safe and then cinematographer Halyana Hutchins was fatally shot. is sex.

Because of the tragedy, some in Hollywood asked with unrelenting observers: Why are real guns used in sets when computers can make guns in post production? No matter how small the risk, isn’t it unacceptable?

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As for Alexei Hawley, that’s right. The executive producer of ABC’s police drama “The Rookie” said in a staff memo Friday that the events in New Mexico “shocked us all” and “any exposure is too risky.”

“There will no longer be any ‘living’ weapons on the show,” he wrote in a memo. First reported by The Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by The Associated Press.

Instead, he said, the policy is to use replica guns that use shrapnel instead of bullets and add muzzle flash in post production.

Craig Zobel, director of the popular Kate Winslet drama “Mare of Easttown”, used live rounds in previous films, but called on the industry to follow that show. He said that shot was fired after shooting.

“No reason to set blank on a gun now,” Zobel wrote on Twitter. “It should be outlawed completely. Now we have computers. All of Easttown’s “mare” ammunition is digital. You could say maybe, but who cares? This is an unnecessary risk. “

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Cinematographer Bildir, who taught rising star Hutchins in his field at the American Film Institute, said, “The old-fashioned practice of using real guns with blanks is about readily available and cheap computer graphics. expressed displeasure.”

Dill, who holds credits such as “The Five Heartbeats” and “Dancing in September”, is at risk from a real gun because “people work long hours” and “tired” in the film. He said it has increased.

“There is no excuse for using live weapons,” he said.

A petition was started over the weekend on Change.org demanding a ban on original guns from production sets.

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“There is no excuse for this to happen in the 21st century,” he said of the tragedy. “It’s not the early ’90s when Brandon Lee was also killed. Change needs to happen before the loss of extra-talented lives.” His son Lee, the actor of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died in 1993 from a makeshift bullet fired at a prop gun after the previous scene.

The petition directly appealed to Baldwin to “use his power and influence” in the industry and promoted the “Law of Harina” banning the use of actual firearms. Currently, the US Federal Office for Workplace Safety is silent on this issue. And most production-savvy states use a primarily pragmatic approach.

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According to court documents, 42-year-old Hutchins was killed and Joel Souza injured in a set of “rusting” to the West on Thursday. Public Friday.

Soja was later discharged.

The tragedy occurred after some workers quit their jobs to protest safety conditions and other production issues for the film starring Baldwin and producers.

In an interview, British filmmaker Steven Holl said he worked on “a lot of firearms” in Madrid this year.

“Instead of using blanks, we encouraged actors to use visual effects in post[production]to create the desired effect from a particular firearm and mimic the recoil from a gun. It works great. , “They said. ..

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However, he added that the special effects add cost to the production budget. “Therefore, it’s easier and probably more economical to actually use a blank to release a weapon in a set,” said a veteran cinematographer who worked on films such as “Fury” and “Tall: Dark World.” Hall says. But he added, “The problem with blanks, of course, is … the gun misses something.”

Aside from financial concerns, why is a real gun preferred? Sam Dormer, a British “armourer” or firearms expert, said, “Some people want to benefit from using the spaces in the set.” “For example, you get a (better) response from an actor.”

Still, according to Dormer, the film industry is likely to move away from the real guns, albeit slowly.

The term “prop gun” can be applied to anything from rubber toys to real firearms that can fire projectiles. If it is used for firing, it is considered a genuine gun, even if it is empty. A blank is a cartridge that contains gunpowder but no bullets. Still, according to the Actors Equity Association, it can injure or even kill people nearby.

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As a result, many also ban blanks and require the use of disabled or replica guns.

“There’s really no reason to have empty space on set that day,” Liz Garbus wrote on Twitter. “CGI can make a gun look real”. If you don’t have the CGI budget, don’t shoot the scene. “

Seattle-based filmmaker Megan Griffiths writes that she often receives pushback when she demands a handicap non-firing weapon on set.

“But that’s why,” she said on Twitter. “Misses happen, and when they have guns, mistakes kill…. Muzzle flash is the easiest and cheapest visual effect.”

“Why are we still doing this?”

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Associated Press writers Lindsay Bahr, Lindsay Bahr in Los Angeles, Hiller Italy in New York and Lizzie Knight in London contributed to this report.

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