The ‘Rust’ camera crew reportedly walked off the set to protest safety conditions hours before
The "Rust" camera crew walked off set Thursday morning in protest of safety conditions on set, according to the Los Angeles Times.
They were replaced by non-union crew members.
A colleague was so alarmed by the prop misfires that he sent a text message to the unit production manager. “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by The Times.
‘Rust’ crew describes on-set safety issues and misfires days before fatal
Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions.
The camera operators and their assistants were frustrated by the conditions surrounding the low-budget film, including complaints about long hours, long commutes and waiting for their paychecks, according to three people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to comment.
Safety protocols standard in the industry, including gun inspections, were not strictly followed on the “Rust” set near Santa Fe, the sources said. They said at least one of the camera operators complained last weekend to a production manager about gun safety on the set.
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Author: H. A. Goodman