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Personal whoops time.
A friend of mine took his Jaguar XJR/15 to Goodwood Festival of Speed. On the Saturday he drove it up the hill, on the Sunday he watched live online from home as his son had a go.
24 year old + friends to show off to + 400BHP race car + small mistake
£1.2million car hits barrier.
Was with hime today. Looks like around £50-100Ks worth of damage to the front end. Mostly rebuilding carbon fibre parts.
Did they bring it back at the end just to rub it in?
Edit: some argue fake because of “why were they filming” reasons. Also, people think the tires disappearing at the end is odd. That seems like a reflection thing to me, and car vending machines are unusual enough it’s not totally out there someone would film one in operation just for the hell of it.
Last edited by subego; Oct 2, 2021 at 09:18 PM.
So, yeah, umm… Alec Baldwin shot and killed the Director of Photography of the movie he was working on.
Presumably, it was an accident, but one of his brothers made a tweet which implied he was fucking around.
Edit: I know an armorer here in Chicago. He didn’t work on The Crow, but the armorer community here is small, and they all know each other. According to him, they canned the Chicago armorer they had hired, brought on someone new, and right after that was when the mishap occurred. He considered it all very sketchy.
Also, it was hilarious to watch this guy scare the shit out of indie producers with stories of how he had no problems brandishing automatic weapons to insure he got paid.
Last edited by subego; Oct 22, 2021 at 09:05 AM.
You would think after the crow and jon-erik huxum people would know not to fuck around with ^&*( guns even if they are blanks. Was Baldwin handed a gun with bad blanks, or real bullets? Was he screwing around or did someone else eff up?
Yes, many blanks have some sort of wadding, but it really doesn’t even take anything solid to cause a fatal wound if the gun is close enough, or the blank is powerful enough.
However, the whole point of having a professional armorer on set is that the armorer makes sure that NOTHING goes wrong. The armorer should verify the firearm is free of obstructions, is loaded ONLY with the appropriate number and kind of blanks, and put the weapon in the actor’s hand only when the shot is ready to roll.
Further, any actor who will be using a weapon on set should have also been trained - first in how to safely handle the weapon, second in how their character should use the weapon, and most importantly how to work with the armorer to be an extra set of eyes on weapon safety.
Plus, it is SOP to “cheat” shots, so that the barrel isn’t really pointing at an actor.
It looks like the shot they were working on had Baldwin facing the camera with the gun. It is also SOP to have some sort of shield, like an acrylic sheet, between the camera and the firearm. But if the director was worried about that sort of thing showing in the shot, he may have decided not to use it. Bad idea, and one a professional armorer should have objected to.
Here’s some info from the FAQ from Atlantic Wall Blanks, one of many suppliers of theatrical blanks:
How close can someone be in front of me when I shoot?
Never fire your weapon directly at someone.
In reenactments the minimum safety range is generally 15-20 yards. Even at that range people have been injured so always keep this in mind. The professionals get paid big money to do this on TV. Leave the short range stuff to them.
Do you use any wad or is there any projectile from your blanks?
Some of our blanks such as those made by Winchester do have wads. 99% of our rounds are crimped and only the concussive muzzle blast will exit the barrel. This does not mean it is safe to discharge the weapon at short range.
The “professionals” they mention are the professional theatrical armorers that work in movies. In the US these people are typically licensed, insured, bonded, and otherwise extremely tightly controlled.
You could risk the camera being damaged by removing a shield but theres no way you'd do that for the people stood beside or behind it.
My question is, how many shots were fired? Hard to imagine there being multiple accidental obstructions but equally hard to imagine some tiny bit of accidental detritus injuring two people in one shot.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
No official word yet on how many shots were fired, but it’s being reported this production had already encountered what should be career-ending mistakes. Like guns that were supposed to be empty not being empty.
It’s also being reported the Director of Photography’s camera crew walked earlier that day, in part due to the production having a bad safety record.
Edit: ugh. This is dredging up memories of all my mistakes which could have been career-ending, but weren’t.
Last edited by subego; Oct 22, 2021 at 07:58 PM.