Why the accidental shooting of Alec Baldwin could not take place in France – .

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Why the accidental shooting of Alec Baldwin could not take place in France – .


The director of photography on an American film in production called Rust was killed last week (October 21) after a gun actor Alec Baldwin was using fired a live bullet.
This type of incident is extremely rare in the United States, but laws in France mean that weapons used on sets cannot fire live ammunition, making a similar incident in France less likely to occur.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed and director Joel Souza, 48, was injured while filming the new western Rust. Mr. Baldwin was rehearsing a scene and pointing a gun at the camera when it fired a live bullet. He was told the gun was unloaded, according to court documents.

In the United States, the usual gun protocol for movies is that guns should be closely managed by licensed gunsmiths, cast members should be trained in gun safety, and live ammunition should never be used on sets, The New York Times reported.

In Rust’s case, “the protocol had to be broken,” said Daniel Leonard, associate dean at Chapman University California School of Cinema and a specialist in established procedures.

“We’ll have to see what the details are, but the industry has a very specific set of guidelines to follow to prevent something like this from happening,” he told The New York Times.

In France, the weapons used on film sets are not authorized by law to fire live ammunition.

Christophe Maratier, director of Maratier, a French company specializing in the rental of weapons and costumes for films, told Le Point he was devastated for the victims and those involved in the shooting of Rust.

He said that in France and in Europe, all weapons that are used in cinema must be made incompatible with shooting with live ammunition. Moreover, even these weapons are still subject to restrictions under the same laws that apply to unsuitable weapons.

Once a weapon has been modified to no longer fire real bullets, it cannot be modified.

An investigation into the incident on the set of Rust is ongoing.

French gunsmith Guillaume Delouche, who has worked on major Hollywood films including Jurassic World and Fast & Furious 7, said for an incident like the one that happened last week to happen, there had to be a catalog of errors.

“Usually this happens when real balls are introduced into a plateau,” he told Ouest France.

“But real ammunition has absolutely no place on a film set because dummy bullets are also used, which could be confused with them. “

The last accidental gun murder on a film set in the United States took place in 1993, when actor Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was killed when a bullet lodged in the barrel of a firearm was fired with a blank cartridge. He died during the filming of the movie The Crow.

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