November 5th, 2014

20/20 About the death of Camera Asst. Sarah Jones

I wanted to watch this on Halloween night when it aired, but fell asleep. Thankfully, the internet comes through again.

This hits close to home for me because in the past I worked on a few independent films. Never was my life put in danger, nor should it have been. Most of this 20/20 program is devoted to Sarah's death and it features for the first time video footage of the train hitting the bed on the trestle that killed the camera assistant.

I can't believe the arrogance of the producer/director. There's a saying in the movie business: "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission." But this guy seems to take it to the extreme with his "We're trying to make a movie" excuse while breaking the rules. Why would you use a trestle that was in use? The program points out that there were others nearby that were not actively used by trains. At the very least why were they even filming a scene with such a skeleton crew? The impression I get from the program and the new video footage is that there were very few people there. Why would you not at the very least have a couple of people in either direction along the tracks to warn the cast & crew about any approaching trains??? There were no precautions taken whatsoever. There are claims that they had permission to film there, but it looks fishy to me. Where's the proof? The email to the Location Manager says they didn't have permission. And again, why even take that risk by filming on a track that is actively used???

This was a tragedy that should never have happened. I only hope this brings more attention to on-the-set safety. I love the filmmaking business, but it should never endanger lives.

20/20 Do Your #@&*! Job: Sarah Jones Camera Assistant Killed
I cued this up to where the feature on Sarah begins. It runs about 24 min.

Vancouver BC

VanCon 2014: Cabaret Videos of Gil McKinney singing

This wraps up my VanCon videos from this year.

I wish now I had taken more videos during the Saturday night Cabaret, but I was nervous because I didn't know if videos were allowed and considering we were all in our seats there was a potential for getting caught. Anyhow...I'm kicking myself now. Most of all, I wish I'd gotten Gil singing "Happy". Darn it! I'll do better next time!

The first video is really short, only about a minute. However, the 2nd is the whole song...and you gotta watch to the end to see Matt & Misha and their silly antics with Gil. :D

Hope you've enjoyed the videos.

Just 'Cause

This cap is from 7x04 "Defending Your Life".
Click to see the full-sized cap.

Thank you jennytork for your numbers of 7 & 48. You'll see today's cap is from Season 7, Episode 4.
Have a good Wednesday folks. *hugs*