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Randall Miller is reportedly hoping to restart production of his film in June, following the death of a camera assistant in February
Filming of Midnight Rider was suspended when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed after being hit by flying debris on 20 February during a shoot in Jesup, Georgia. According to reports, the train hit a bed that had been placed on the track as part of a dream sequence featuring the film's star, William Hurt, as Allman. Hurt was among those who escaped from the set unharmed, but Jones was subsequently knocked beneath the vehicle as the crew scrambled clear.
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- Ben Child
A few more details have emerged over at Deadline regarding the on-set negligence that led to 2nd AC Sarah Jones’ death in Doctortown, Ga. Midnight Rider was the third feature to be shot in the Savannah area by director Randall Miller and his Unclaimed Freight production company, and it appears that this tragic instance of reckless conduct was no isolated incident. During filming of 2012′s Cbgb, Miller and his crew reportedly dropped a grand piano down a homeowner’s staircase without permission, and went the entire shoot without a safety bulletin. They illegally removed a stop sign, blacked out another, and didn’t bother […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
More than a month after the fatal accident on the set of “Midnight Rider,” a key question for the homicide investigation is whether the production had been granted permission to film on the Georgia railroad tracks and trestle where camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed.
Csx, the owner of the railroad, has told investigators that producers of the indie film were denied permission to work on the tracks. The search for answers is likely to hinge on the statement of location manager Charley Baxter and the information he gave to director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin and unit production/manager Jay Sedrish.
Baxter’s attorney, Kirk Schroder of Richmond, Va., said that Baxter is ”heartbroken” over the tragic accident but could not speak publicly about the circumstances because he signed a standard confidentiality agreement when he joined the production. “He is absolutely honoring his contractual obligations, and he is fully cooperating with investigators, »
- Ted Johnson and David S. Cohen
Midnight Rider star William Hurt – who will play musician Gregg Allman in the upcoming biopic – had reservations about shooting on a railway trestle, the site of an accident that killed a crew member in February as the movie was filming in Georgia.
Hurt said he had concerns about shooting on the historic Doctortown Railroad Trestle in Wayne County, Ga., telling a friend in an email obtained by the Los Angeles Times, that he had been “twice assured” that the area was deemed safe for production. According to the email, he then asked, “how long the crew had to get off »
- Nina Terrero
Tragic news surfaced last week about the death of 27 year-old camerawoman Sarah Jones, who was struck by a train while filming on the set of Midnight Rider. She is to be honoured tomorrow by the International Cinematographers Guild and the Society of Camera Operators who are holding a candlelight vigil in Hollywood. The young filmmaker was struck by a train while filming a dream sequence for director Randall Miller’s Midnight Rider, a biopic about singer Greg Allman. The crew were unaware that they were working on live train tracks. Following the tragedy the film has shut down production. Union members will meet at the Iatse Local 600 in front of the DGA building on 7920 Sunset Blvd. at 7 Pm. They will walk from there to the Icg’s national offices on 7755 Sunset Blvd where a memorial will be held. Sarah’s parents are said to be in attendance and will fly down from South Carolina. »
- James Byiers
Camera assistant killed while working on Midnight Rider remembered in note at end of In Memoriam section
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Sarah Jones, the camera assistant killed in an accident while working on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, received a mention in the In Memoriam section of the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday. Following a campaign by a group of her supporters, she was acknowledged in a note at the end of the pictorial segment.
Jones died on 20 February this year when she was hit by a train during preproduction of the Randall Miller-directed film, work on which has since been suspended. With seven other crew members hurt in the incident, questions have been raised about whether the production team should even have been on the tracks at the time.
Around 700 people gathered for a memorial service earlier on Sunday at Atlanta Botanical Garden, »
- Peter Beech
The tragic death of Sarah Jones, a second assistant camerawoman who was struck by a train while shooting the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider last Thursday, has sparked a necessary conversation over the issue of on-set safety. On the first day of production in Jessup, Georgia, the company was shooting a dream sequence with a hospital bed placed over the active train tracks. According to Variety, star William Hurt and director Randall Miller tried but were unable to remove the bed from the tracks as a train approached. Jones was then struck by a piece of flying debris and knocked into the […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Midnight Rider director Randall Miller has hired a high-profile New York-based PR strategist in the wake of the death of camera operator Sarah Jones. Miller retained the services of Matthew Hiltzik earlier this week in response to the mounting media attention surrounding the fatal accident on the film's Georgia set on Feb. 20. Jones, 27, was killed after being hit by an oncoming freight train while shooting on the tracks. Story: Oscars: Petition Launched to Add 'Midnight Rider' Crewmember to 'In Memoriam' Segment Production of the Gregg Allman biopic, which stars William Hurt and is produced by Unclaimed Freight Productions, was
- Debbie Emery
The homicide investigation into the death of Sarah Jones on the set of “Midnight Rider” is focusing on who decided to put the crew on the railroad bridge where the accident occurred and how the crew got access to the property, a source familiar with the investigation told Variety on Thursday.
The answer to the second question appears to be easier to answer. A spokesman for Rayonier, the paper company that owns the land surrounding the rail line at the site of the accident, confirmed to Variety that Rayonier had given permission for the film shoot to be on its property, but it cannot give permission for the crew to be on the tracks, which are owned by Csx. A gate in a fence on the property bears a sign saying access is controlled by Rayonier guards.
But did the Csx railroad give permission for the film crew to be on the tracks? »
- Ted Johnson
Midnight Rider, based on famed musician's memoirs, suspended after accident on railroad track last week
According to Variety, the cast and crew have been told work is over for now, but they may be called back, and producers released a statement saying the film is "on hold".
Tragedy struck the set last Thursday when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed after being hit by flying debris. A scene was being filmed on a railway track in Jesup, Georgia, when the unexpected passage of a train interrupted proceedings. According to Variety, the train hit a bed that had been placed on the track, and Jones was subsequently knocked under the train as the crew scrambled clear.
Confusion exists as to whether the film was given »
- Andrew Pulver
Production on Midnight Rider, a biopic about rock guitarist Gregg Allman, has been suspended following a tragic train accident last Thursday which left one crew member dead and several others injured, multiple outlets are reporting.
In a statement obtained by Variety, production company Film Allman, LLC confirmed the suspension: “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold.”
- Nina Terrero
The film's second camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on the first day of production last Thursday (February 20) when shooting a scene on a railroad trestle.
A train came across the bridge during the shoot, while a hospital bed was on the tracks. Actor William Hurt, director Randall Miller and the still photographer attempted to remove the bed from the track but failed to do so in time, leading to some crew being hit by debris.
Jones was fatally struck and knocked into the path of the train.
In a statement to Variety, representatives for the production company said: "In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold."
Following the tragedy, a dispute has emerged as to whether crew had permission to shoot on »
Updated 12:58 p.m. Pst:
Crew members are being released, though they’ve been told that they will be recalled at some future date.
After Variety posted this news, representatives for the production company released a statement reading, in its entirety: “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of ‘Midnight Rider’ on hold.”
Sarah Jones, the second camera assistant, was killed Thursday on the production’s first day of shooting near Jessup, Ga. The company was shooting a dream sequence on a railroad trestle, with a hospital bed on the tracks, when a train came across the bridge. Star William Hurt, director Randall Miller and the production’s still photographer tried to get the bed off the tracks but did not have time. Hurt and some »
- Variety Staff
Petition to include Sarah Jones, who was tragically killed on a film set last week, in the 'In Memorium' segment at the Oscars gains close to 30,000 signatures in less than two days.
Sarah Jones Hit By A Train During Filming
Sarah Jones, 27, was killed on Thursday, Feb. 20 when she was hit by a train on the set of Midnight Rider, a Gregg Allman biopic. The film, which was in pre-production and is set to star Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and William Hurt, has now been postponed. Director Randall Miller released a statement through a rep announcing the news, saying, “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold.”
Jones died instantly when a train arrived unexpectedly while the crew was setting up a shot involving a mattress on the bridge tracks. According to initial reports, the crew had been warned about »
2Nd Update, 8:45 Pm: The tributes to Sarah Jones continue to pour in. Below is a photo posted at WhoSay featuring Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev of CW’s The Vampire Diaries, the CW drama on which Jones worked. And action continues at the Facebook group Slates for Sarah, which now is past 21,500 likes. Other below-the-line workers are getting in on the act as well; among the more recent pics posted to the site are tributes to the late camera assistant adorning a walkie-talkie and a large power tool. Update, 6:00 Pm: The Facebook group Slates for Sarah, which is gathering tribute photos for fallen Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones from production crews around the world, has now passed 18K “likes.” The online petition to include Jones in Sunday’s Oscar In Memoriam segment eclipsed its goal of 10,000 signatures within 12 hours Tuesday and now is approaching 13K. It will »
- JEN YAMATO
In a painful reminder of the dangers crew members can encounter during production, Sarah Elizabeth Jones lost her life last week when she was struck and killed by a train while working as a second camera assistant on the new Greg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider." Her death is now serving as a lightning rod for the industry, which is using the tragedy to draw attention to the occasionally dangerous role of the crew -- and the risks filmmakers are often willing to go to in order to get the shot. The investigation into the accident is underway, but whatever the eventual findings, the tragedy is a reminder of the risks that crew members take every day. Jones, 27, was killed after trying to remove a bed from the tracks. She was working as part of a 20-person crew from Savannah, Ga-based Meddin Studios. Directed by Randall Miller, “Midnight Rider” stars William Hurt, »
- Paula Bernstein
A Savannah-based film crew working on Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” has denied any wrong doing in the train crash that killed a 27-year-old camera assistant and injured seven others, insisting “no corners were cut.”
In an email to Variety, Nick Gant, creative director and principal of Meddin Studios, said: “This is not guerrilla filmmaking or a group of indie film makers trying to grab a shot. It was weeks of communications and scouting multiple places. You had to have access to get onto the site. We have 20- to 30-year veterans in all the departments, crew is extremely qualified, cast trailers were transporter, location was almost 90 minutes away.” Meddin Studios is based in Savannah and has been working with the production.
Thursday’s deadly collision took place at a railroad trestle that crosses the Altamaha River in the rural county about 60 miles southwest of Savannah.
Wayne County sheriff »
- Ted Johnson
The crew of Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” was working on train tracks without permission from the railroad in Wayne County, Ga. when a train crashed into the production team, killing one and injuring seven others, an investigator said Friday.
The tracks, owned by Csx Railroad, cross private land owned by forest-products company Rayonier, which has a nearby paper mill. Joe Gardner, the lead detective on the case, said the crew had Rayonier’s permission to film on its property next to the train tracks.
“Csx has told me they were aware they were out there, but they did not have permission to be on the train tracks,” Gardner told reporters.
An eyewitness told Variety the Open Road Films drama was in its first day of shooting Thursday afternoon and the crew was filming a dream sequence on a railroad trestle when a train unexpectedly crossed the bridge.
The victim, »
- Ted Johnson
Investigators in Georgia are trying to determine the circumstances that led to a fatal train accident that killed a crew member on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” near Savannah, Ga., on Thursday.
The victim was identified as Sarah Jones, 27, of Atlanta, according to Ed Mathis of the Wayne County Coroner’s Office. Her parents live in West Columbia, S.C.
Sources said that she was a second camera assistant who was killed when a freight train operated by Csx Corp. struck her as crew members scrambled to get out of the way. Seven other crew members were injured, according to Wayne County Sheriff’s detective Joe Gardner, who appeared at a news conference with reporters late Thursday. He said they were treating the case as a homicide “until we have more information.”
Gardner said that the production, which came from Meddin Studios in Savannah, had permission from Csx and Rayonier, »
- Ted Johnson
A second camera assistant was killed and multiple others injured during the shooting of Midnight Rider, the upcoming biopic based on the life of Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman, according to The Wrap.
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The accident happened Thursday afternoon in Wayne County, Ga. during the filming of a dream sequence involving two trains. The crew had placed a mattress on a railroad bridge when a third train unexpectedly appeared, forcing crewmembers, including director Randall Miller, to remove the »
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