The director of the popular Kate Winslet drama Jump from Easttown, Craig Zobel, urged the entire industry to follow suit and said shots were added to the show after the filming, even though he has used live rounds on previous productions.
“There’s no need to have weapons loaded with items or anything on sets anymore,” Zobel wrote on Twitter. “It simply came to our notice then. There are computers now. The shots on Jump from Easttown are all digital. You can probably tell, but who cares? It is an unnecessary risk. ”
Bill Dill – a cinematographer who taught Hutchins, a rising star in his field, at the American Film Institute – expressed disgust in an interview over the “archaic practice of using real weapons with subjects in when we have easily accessible and inexpensive computer graphics . ”
Dill, if credits include The five heartbeats and Dance in September, said there was extra danger from real guns because people working in movies were often exhausted after long hours on the set.
“There is no excuse for using live weapons,” he said.
Over the weekend, a petition was launched on change.org calling for real weapons to be banned from production kits.
“There is no excuse for such a thing to happen in the 21st century,” it said of the tragedy. “This is not the beginning of the ’90s when Brandon Lee was killed in the same way. Changes must take place before further talented lives are lost. “Lee, the actor’s son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, was killed in 1993 by a makeshift bullet that was left in a corkscrew after an earlier scene.
The petition directly appealed to Baldwin “to use his power and influence” in the industry and promote ‘Halyna’s Law’, which would ban the use of real firearms on sets. As it turns out, the U.S. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Agency is quiet on the issue, and most of the preferred states for productions have a largely hands-off approach.
Hutchins died and director Joel Souza was injured on Western’s set Rust when Baldwin fired a prop pistol, which a crew member inadvertently told him was “cold” or not filled with live rounds, according to court documents released Friday.
Souza was later released from the hospital.
The tragedy came after some workers left the job to protest safety issues and other production issues on the film, of which Baldwin is the star and producer.
In an interview, British cinematographer Steven Hall noted that this year he was working on a production in Madrid that involved lots of firearms.
“We were encouraged not to use items but to rely on visual effects in post (production) to create the effect we wanted from a particular firearm, where the actor mimicked the recoil from the gun and it works very well,” he said. .
However, he noted that special effects add cost to a production budget. “So it’s easier and perhaps more economical to actually unload your weapon on the set using a blank,” said Hall, a veteran film photographer who has worked on films such as Rage and Thor: The Dark World. But, he said, “the problem with subjects is, of course … something emitted from the gun.”
Besides financial concerns, why else should real weapons be considered preferable? “There are benefits to using items on sets that some people want to get,” said Sam Dormer, a British armaments specialist or firearms specialist. “For example, you get a (better) reaction from the actor.”
Still, Dormer said the film industry is likely to move away from real weapons, albeit slowly.
The term ‘prop gun’ can apply to anything from a rubber animal to a real firearm that can fire a projectile. If it is used to shoot, even items, it is considered a real gun. A blank is a cartridge that contains gunpowder but no bullet. Still, it could hurt or even kill someone close by, according to the Actors’ Equity Association.
Therefore, many also call for banning items and using disabled or replica pistols.
“There really is no good reason to have topics on set today,” director Liz Garbus wrote on Twitter. “CGI can make the gun seem ‘real’, and if you do not have the budget for CGI, do not shoot the scene.”
Megan Griffiths, a Seattle-based filmmaker, wrote that she often gets setbacks when she requires disabled, non-firing weapons on the set.
“But that’s why,” she said on Twitter. “Mistakes happen, and when they involve weapons, mistakes kill. … Blinking nose is the lightest and cheapest visual effect. Why are we still doing it? ”