Slates for Sarah and the Oscar Memoriam

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CALIFORNIA, Mar 06- With the Oscars now over and the winner’s announced we can now reflect on the year’s best films that came out and changed the way we view narratives. But what about the people behind the camera that create these amazing films? I am not talking about the Actors, Directors and Producers. No. I am talking about the below-the-line crew members that grind it out day in and day out 12 hours a day on some of the most roughest sets known to man. That is right, I am talking about the Camera Assistants, Prop Masters, Costumers and Production Assistants. The soldiers of film making that if it were not for them films really would not get made.

But there is one person that needs recognition, and that is the late Camera Assistant Sarah Jones. Watching the Oscars do their memoriam tribute we got to briefly see her name and whilst some do not know who she is, some 55,000 people signed a petition to get her included in that memoriam. Why do you ask if you do not know? Well Sarah Jones was camera assistant working on the set of “Midnight Rider” in Jesup, Georgia when she was tragically struck and killed by a freight train whilst being on set. This tragedy makes it abundantly clear that producers need to have all their t’s crossed and their i’s dotted when it comes to locations agreements and safety measures being taken when crew members are on set. Sarah Jones’ death started a movement amongst crew members and almost 30,000 pictures were taken of various movie slates with her tribute. This is also started the social media campaign “Slates for Sarah” which was the said campaign that rallied all those signatures to get her remembrance during the Oscars. I too was asked to sign the petition and I had done so whole heartingly.

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My only comment about her inclusion in the memoriam is that I wish her name would have been shown just a bit longer so that more people would be able to see her up there and make a bigger impact on the Hollywood elite. This tragedy is the worst of it’s kind, but we can reflect on this and weigh in that it is the below-the-line people that are the inner workings of what it is to make films. We know Sarah Jones is in a much better place and we can appreciate people like her that are super passionate about what they do.

– Daniel Svec

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