Wednesday, December 8

Alec Baldwin: what are the protocols that are followed for the use of weapons in film shoots to avoid tragedies

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Filming of the French movie

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Action movies are among the highest grossing in the world. These include spectacular scenes of combat and shootouts, which involve the use of explosives, firearms and other dangerous devices.

The filming of these scenes makes a movie set a place of high risk for the life and well-being of the actors, the coaching staff or any other person present during the filming if strict protocols are not followed.

The fatal incident that occurred on the set of the film “Rust”, produced by and starring Alec Baldwin, in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was seriously injured by the impacts of a prop weapon, demonstrates the inherent dangerousness from said scenes.

Although full details of the circumstances in which Baldwin fired the prop gun are not available, the film industry is governed by strict occupational health and safety regulations when it comes to the use of all types of weapons and explosives.

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