The death of a 27-year old Camera Assistant Sarah Jones due ton on set train accident is putting a spot light on set safety – a reminder that although we suffer for art, there is no reason for unsafe practices.
A petition campaign has been launched to include Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant killed in last week’s train accident on the set of “Midnight Rider,” in the In Memoriam segment on Sunday’s Oscarcast.
“Only 27 years old, her promising life was cut short when she was struck by a train working on a dangerous set,” the petition reads. “Crew members are the unsung heroes of film and television production who work long hours and sometimes very dangerous conditions for the love of filmmaking. Sarah Elizabeth Jones was one of us.”
Meanwhile, a Facebook page called “Slates for Sarah” has been set up in which production crews offer their own tribute to Jones, posting photos of film slates bearing messages in memoriam. It is also a mobilization campaign to garner support for an industrywide effort to add a watchdog to film sets to monitor safety procedures.
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