There's no reason to ever use live rounds, even 'blanks' on a set. While accidents of this nature on set are rare, they shouldn't be occurring at all. This move to using CGI to portray muzzle flashes is the safest and smartest route and I hope to see more movie and tv productions take this route.
ABC’s ‘The Rookie’ Bans “Live” Guns on Set
The change, effective Friday, comes in the wake of the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin's 'Rust.'
I thought they had ended use after the Brandon Lee tragedy. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I can't even wrap my brain around the logic of using real guns on a set. Modifying real guns to be 'non-lethal' when a good prop dept can fabricate a realistic-looking facsimile is downright dumb and dangerous.
@AgentCarter_SSR I'm hearing now that the production was already having issues. That same 'prop' gun was having a misfire issue earlier, and the film crew were complaining about conditions on the set, and non-union workers were brought in to fill in for them.
The misfires alone should have been a HUGE red flag.
The crew complaints about unsafe working conditions is another.
They should have replaced the gun and addressed the crew concerns. Instead, they replaced the crew & kept the gun.
@AgentCarter_SSR A tragedy! ☕️😕
The 2020 movie “The Extraction” with Chris Hemsworth had to use only rubber weapons with CGI flashes, as the foreign location prohibited even blank firing firearms. There was still plenty of action in that film.
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