SENOIA, Georgia – A local gun specialist who trains actors in the use of guns provides insight into how an accident on a film set resulted in the shooting death of a film worker.
For Matt Clanton, the news that actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a director of photography on a New Mexico film set struck near us.
“My reaction is, ‘This is tragic.’ Any kind of loss of life like this is tragic, ”Clanton said.
He runs a business in Griffin, Georgia called Act Tactical, which teaches actors how to use guns safely.
“It’s a big machine with a lot of moving parts when you’re on set and things get mixed up and that’s why I tell the actors if someone hands them a gun and says, ‘Don’t worry, this ‘is clear, have the master of props show you that it is clear, confirm it, ”Clanton said.
He said Justin Wilfon of Channel 2 that the weapons used on the set are sometimes props and sometimes real.
“It will usually be something like an airsoft gun that shoots BBs, maybe, that has been deactivated or a real gun that has been professionally deactivated so that it can look real on camera,” Clanton said.
Georgian cinema worker Channel 2 also spoke to Wilfon that propeller guns are often tested before they are brought to the set.
The Cinema Workers Union, which also represents thousands of workers in Georgia, said in a statement about the shooting in New Mexico: “Details are not clear at this time, but we are working to find out more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event.
“A lot of these things can be preventable. But at the end of the day, people are human and mistakes are made, ”Clanton said.
Canton told Wilfon that the guns on his set are usually tested three times before being brought to the set in Georgia, as even white people can fire projectiles.
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