Car crashes into Camera Crane!
A few weeks ago...
Local 80 Dolly Grip Kent Alexander showed up to the set as everyone was setting up for a scene of a car crash. The idea was for a stake bed to pull a car to a place where another car crashes into it.
The Director and DP wanted a camera close to the crash on a crane to start low and boom up high during the shot but Kent didn't feel that the crane was in a safe place so he suggested locking it off. The grips added a stand to the front of the crane and made it slightly more front heavy for stability.
On Action! Both cars got up to speeds of more then 20mph but they missed and didn't have a way to slow down sending one car into a tree and the other into the camera crane!
Thankfully everyone was ok and there was only minor damages to the C.S Base Proving that Chapman/Leonard cranes are built to last!
If you ever feel like something seems unsafe, Please let the right people know!
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