Usually when people do that “you’re special” crap I tend to roll my eyes.
But when Mister Rogers said it…
That’s because Mister Rogers meant it.
Mister Rogers genuinely cared about everyone and that’s why he will forever be the best. All of my feels.
True fact: He was considered to be one of the hardest people to interview, because he would turn it around and ask questions about the interviewer with genuine interest. Asking about their children and spouses, their dreams of the future, etc.
There will always be a special place in my heart for Mr. Rogers.
Reblogging, because i think in this business, you don’t hear enough about how amazing you all really are.
Plus I used to watch his show for ages.
The Feb. 20 death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of Midnight Rider outside Doctortown, Ga., spread grief and anger through Hollywood.
This is one of the worst on set horror stories since the Twilight Zone movie. And the first time I’ve seen pictures of the bridge they were shooting on. I don’t know what to say. I do, but I don’t think it’s my place.
I’ve got a lot of anger. Anger at the director, and the producers, and the crew. If something feels unsafe, speak up. Film sets are a mob mentality and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been the lone voice of dissent because as the 1st, I felt something was unsafe, and was chided by the crew as not knowing what I was talking about. I’ve also held prayer circles at work. But it was for good intentions and hope of a great project. Not hoping God was protecting me from idiots who wanted to shoot on train tracks with no escape route. Speak up! don’t just get buried in your job and think safety is the other guys problem. Safety is everyones issue! Making it home alive is everyones issue!
"I can’t carry all the bags."
When it comes to film work, actors have it the easiest. Don’t argue. You know it’s true. In case you need a bit more convincing, consider this: We’re the last ones called and the first ones wrapped…
All. Good. Advice.
Local 491 president
By Harrison M Palmer
Train Tragedy Update. Following up on the MIDNIGHT RIDER incident: There was not a full ‘tech scout’ prior to the “dream sequence” being shot on the train trestle. It was a pre pro/prep/camera test day & NOT a ‘production shooting day’, so it was minimal crew. There was no set medic or railroad safety officer on site. (that would be the typical protocol for a motion picture film shoot, but this wasn’t really a typical principal photography day with the entire company.) There was a major Hollywood actor present, in costume, to be photographed while on a hospital gurney. The gurney was positioned on top of the trestle tracks, between the camera & crew, and their closest escape route — a 3 foot wide plank walkway at one end of the trestle. The train’s engineer, upon seeing people and obstruction on the track, immediately hit emergency shut down, which is protocol. It was a fast moving high payload train, and it took about a half mile to stop. The collision could have been far worse had the train derailed.
The final circumstances, and the timeline of the ‘event’, are still being examined. Matters of location contracts, film permits, and who knew what and when, are as yet undetermined. Most of the crew members, certainly those I have spoken with personally, will not be returning, should Production really try to start back up. Those persons hospitalized will recover physically, but the emotional wounds— for everyone involved— will take a long time to heal. I’ve heard other things, unconfirmed, and like all of you, continue to speculate about what will happen next…but at this point, we need to await the findings of the agencies in charge of the investigation. The best way we can honor Sarah’s memory, is for all of us to ensure this never happens again.
- I’ve seen the opinions of other 1st AD’s here, and all the advice is spot on. There’s still too many missing details here before I can really say anything, but if it was really the nebulous “Prep/Camera Prep/ Production.” day with 1/2 crew, I already don’t have a great opinion of how it was structured.
The sheriff’s office of Wayne County, Ga., released an incident report that suggests the production company did not have permission from CSX to shoot a scene on a train trestle and in fact may have…
Hmm. Well there it is.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit organization, LeanIn.org, has partnered with Getty Images to “to create a line of stock photos that depict mature, professional businesswomen, rather than ones who appear dumb, subservient, sexualized, or sometimes all three at once.”
“One recent study found that only 3% of creative directors are women. In journalism, men continue to fill the majority of top editor roles — and this likely extends to photo editor roles as well. We’ve all seen Mad Men. This isn’t the 1950s, but the advertising industry is not exactly a model for gender equality. None of this is to say that men can’t accurately depict women in visual imagery, but if we’ve learned anything from the research, it’s that gender equality in every industry leads to better and more representative outcomes.”
"The new library of photos shows professional women as surgeons, painters, bakers, soldiers and hunters. There are girls riding skateboards, women lifting weights and fathers changing babies’ diapers.”
No ADs, though. They did say it was politically incorrect, so I suppose there could have been a few boxes and arrows that would say, “In a former life would you have been Attila the Hun or Queen Elizabeth?” And possibly, quite possibly, that would lead to being an AD.
They left out electrics too. Damn. Those actors are screwed for their close up.
Someone messaged about the incident in Savannah (link here) and I want to protect this person’s privacy but there are a few more things I wanted to say. I’m already seeing a lot of posts by trial in the public court here and it’s important to just stand back and wait for the information to come to light.
I am sure some more information will come out, I don’t know how much. The articles say that this was an unscheduled, unexpected train. They could have had permission and permits. They could have had informal permission. It could have been a calculated risk and that they discussed getting some guerrilla shots - though I really don’t know. If it was permitted, that will remove a lot of responsibility from production. (NOTE: Fox News says they did not have permission to be there. I’m going to wait for another source.) There are just a lot of checks and balances that failed, resulting in this situation and if there is fault, it will be shared among many.
People are being very quick to blame the AD but there is no telling what information the AD had (and if they were even there that day) and we are only as good as the information we are given.
The part that hurts my heart is I’ve had producers go around the AD dept to accomplish dangerous off hours stuff that wasn’t too far away from this, with a bullheaded lead (often also the EP) so I’m not quick to blame any one person.
I have had people give me deep assurances that all is well and I still refused to do something. Though we are on set and we have leaders, we are our own individuals and at no point do we ever abdicate responsibility for our actions. That means, even if everyone tells you it is safe and that there are only two trains scheduled, but you don’t feel safe. Do not do it.
And I am going to be your mom and remind you it’s always always your responsibility to make the final call regarding your personal safety. It is your responsibility to always be the final check for your safety. Sometimes we have a gut feeling and we ignore it. Don’t. Don’t ever.
That is not to place blame on the victims here (in many instances we are only as good as the information given to us) but to remind you to never let that little voice inside you saying, “They say it’s okay but I don’t think it is” to go unheard. If one person feels unsafe, it breaks open a discussion. And yes, this is other people’s responsibility but that doesn’t mean it isn’t yours if you see something other people don’t.
Or sense something other people don’t.
Or just don’t feel safe.
Be the voice that dissents, if you have to. Even if no one else is.
EDITD TO ADD: And please, take a moment, and be considerate when discussing this. Production and crew are interconnected and interwoven worlds. Be gentle. You never know whose eyes are taking your words in, and to heart. xo