Filmmakers across the nation are mourning the death on last Thursday of a young cinematographer, Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27. Jones was struck by a train during filming a movie in South Georgia. Seven other crew members were injured in the same incident during the filming of “Midnight Rider”, a Gregg Allman biopic. Filming was halted as an investigation is made into the accident.
“Slates for Sarah” sites quickly appeared on Facebook and Twitter, where production crews are posting tributes and photos of slates with messages on them honoring Jones. Several memorial events are planned including four listed on the Facebook page.
A petition is under way to ask The Academy to add Jones to the Academy Awards Memorial Tribute, which has already gathered more than 32,000 names.
Making a movie should never be the reason for someone to lose their life. Hopefully, the death of Jones will help improve safety while filming. My thought are with her family and friends.
Everyone be careful and look out for each other.