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The tragedy on the Midnight Rider shoot which killed assistant camerawoman Sarah Jones and injured others has industry veterans calling for change. Producer Marty Katz talks about the safety protocols that DGA members are trained to employ on set. Then, Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler furthers the conversation on crew safety by discussing the dangerous issue of severe fatigue due to long work days.

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Marty Katz 10 MIN, 51 SEC

Marty Katz has over 40 years in the business as a producer, studio executive, and production manager. In the wake of the tragedy on the Midnight Rider shoot, he lays out the protocols that crews are expected to follow when shooting in dangerous locations or high risk scenes. 

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Marty Katz, producer (@martykatzprods)

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Haskell Wexler 9 MIN, 30 SEC

Haskell Wexler is an Oscar-winning cinematographer and an outspoken advocate for saner workdays on film shoots. He wrote an open letter after the Midnight Rider incident His 2006 documentary Who Needs Sleep? has interviews with talent and crew logged over an eight year span on the dangers of sleep deprivation. His organization 12On12Off calls for the industry to limit work to 12 hours/day.

 

Guests:
Haskell Wexler, Oscar-winning cinematographer (@HaskellWexler)

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