Just posted by Candy Clark on Facebook:
"My Bo has gone. We were a great team." on the passing of her lifelong friend and American Graffiti co-star, Bo Hopkins.
See more on Bo at: IndustryCentral
"Butt Out: The Life and Death of Cigarette Advertising on TV"
A documentary on the history of cigarette advertising during the early years of television, from the very beginning until the very last cigarette commercial aired.
What was the last cigarette commercial to air on TV?
The last televised cigarette ad ran at 11:50 p.m. during The Johnny Carson Show on January 1, 1971.
SANTA FE, New Mexico
- "RUST" UPDATE.. $136,793 fine, indifference to employee safety.
The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau has issued a citation to Rust Movie Productions LLC following its investigation into the accidental shooting death in October of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at the Bonanza Creek Ranch south of Santa Fe.
The bureau found "plain indifference to employee safety" on the Rust film set and a "failure to follow firearm safety procedures," according to a report on the investigation released Wednesday.
Authorities have said Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot Oct. 21 in a church building on the ranch when a revolver held by actor Alec Baldwin, who was a star and co-producer of the film project, discharged during a rehearsal.
Director Joel Souza was wounded in the incident.
Rust Movie Productions was issued a "willful-serious" citation, the state's highest workplace violation, and faces a maximum fine of $136,793. State law gave the agency six months to issue any citations.
"Our investigation found that this tragic incident never would have happened if Rust Movie Productions, LLC had followed national film industry standards for firearm safety," state Environment Secretary James Kenney said in a statement. "This is a complete failure of the employee to follow recognized national protocols that keep employees safe."
This 8th anniversary of my daughter Sarah’s death brings with it yet another tragic death in the film industry. On October 21st of this past year, cinematographer Halyna Hutchens was fatally wounded in a shooting incident while working on the film ‘Rust’. Another senseless death brought on by negligent actions and a disregard for safety precautions.
This does not need to happen again. The film industry, thru the non-profit Contract Services, has developed many of the guidelines necessary for productions to manage a set safely through what is known as the Safety Bulletins.
If Safety Bulletin #1, “Recommendations for Safety with Firearms And Use of "Blank Ammunition", had been attached to the call sheet, discussed in safety meetings, and followed, Halyna Hutchins would likely still be alive.
If Safety Bulletin #28, “Guidelines for Railroad Safety”, had been attached to the call sheet, discussed in safety meetings, and followed, my daughter – Sarah Jones -- would still be alive.
What’s missing is enforcement. And consequences.
If safety protocols are ignored, there should be consequences so that the violator does not move on to yet another production only to put other crew members’ safety in jeopardy.
Those who are known to have ignored or willfully violated safety protocols perhaps should not be given the honor of being a member of their prospective Guilds. I’m sure there are additional appropriate consequences that can be implemented.
Crew members are dying and/or being horribly injured time after time. Tragedy is always just one bad decision away. When producers try to save money, they often hire unqualified crew in positions of authority who can affect set safety. With time and budget constraints, safety issues can be overlooked or even ignored.
To avert an on-set accident, crew members must sometimes stand up to a producer, demand change and explain to them why the decisions made by the production company will put their crew in grave danger.
Because of Sarah’s death, more crew members have felt secure enough to speak up, but as we have seen, much more needs to be done.
Above-the-line producers are hiring the production managers and UPMs, who, in turn, hire the 1st AD, Key Grip, Prop Master, Armorer and other critical department heads. Those department heads are expected to adhere to the established best practices and safety guidelines.
But what are the consequences if they do not? OSHA fines? Those are surprisingly low.
I challenge the Guilds, studios, networks, film and TV production companies to make safety the number one priority.
I propose that like-minded individuals join together in establishing a Safety Coalition to help the industry come up with a solution – a better way forward.
The Film and Television business comprises a remarkable group of crafts and skilled persons who can create the impossible. It’s now time for them to help create the possible.
Together, we can help ensure that no other family will be destroyed because of someone’s lack of care and/or disregard for set safety. Having consequences will help with the enforcement of the Safety Bulletins.
Father of Sarah Jones
From Movies Insider: https://www.facebook.com/watch/1565713960405733/1009671536046358/
Early films can be destroyed forever if not preserved. See how movies get repaired, reconstructed, and converted to digital form to avoid this fate.
For more from The George Eastman Museum:
I found this TED Talk fascinating... Hope you do too~
The shared wonder of film
Speaker: Beeban Kidron
Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes -- from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood -- as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.
We just wanted to announce here a new feature where you may create a mini-album of photos in a post with unlimited images!
Please try to keep your images within one subject matter and describe that in your post.
For example here are some images that represent various Crew Photos that have been submitted over the years.
How many do you recognize?
Around the world, in the Entertainment Industry, there is one name that is more famous than any other, and it's very likely a name that most regular people have never heard of. Only if you make your living on a set have you heard, "This is the Abby Singer!". Crew members become more alert, there is a pep to their step, the signal has been given!
The "Abby Singer" is the shot before the last shot of the day, which is called "The Martini", because the next shot would be in your glass at home. Abby Singer, an Assistant Director and Production Manager famously coined the saying, "This and one more", for the shooting day's end, and so that shot became known as "The Abby Singer". I have spoken to people in many countries far and wide and they all use this terminology even if some have no idea why.
Abby Singer was so well loved and respected, that a plaque was put up at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood dedicating a building to his career. It reads:
Abby Singer began his entertainment career on this studio lot in 1946 for Columbia Pictures. For the next eleven years, he advanced to the position of assistant director working in both feature films and television productions. Abby became legendary by creating one of the most famous lines uttered by film makers around the world, "This shot and one more." It quickly became known as "the Abby Singer", signaling to crew and management that the end of the work day was near.
Celebrating more than sixty years as an assistant director, production manager, executive in charge of production, producer, instructor at the American Film Institute, and many years of distinguished service to the Directors Guild of America, we respectfully dedicate this building in his honor.
Today as in days past, scores have said:
"WE'RE ON THE ABBY SINGER"
CEO, Sunset Gower Studios
May 17, 2007
Abby Singer passed away in 2014, but his legacy lives on!
ABBY, WE SALUTE YOU! You became a legend in your own time!
Abner "Abby" Singer honorarium in perpetuum