When camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed while filming on a dangerous setup for the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” in Georgia this February, it was only a matter of time before a legal saga ensued from the careless tragedy.
The gavel has finally struck in Georgia this morning, as the superior court of Wayne County has charged director Randall Miller, his wife/producer Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. Seeing that the production had no legal permission to be filming on the train tracks where the incident occurred, and that the location was unsafe, it was not regarded as an accidental death.
Now that this horrible tragedy has sparked a conversation in the entertainment industry, it’s only a matter of time before the YouTube community will be affected. Seeing that many digital content creators work without insurance or safety practices, a reoccurrence of this type of scenario figures to be an inevitability. Will it take a horrible incident to take place before YouTube creators start thinking of the safety/legality of their production?
Please read NMR’s list of a YouTube creator’s rights and responsibilities before filming in public.