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Local movie makers speak about film safety after crew member dies on set

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Local film makers say they're worried about where the industry draws the line when it comes to getting a creative shot and keeping crew members safe. Local film makers say they're worried about where the industry draws the line when it comes to getting a creative shot and keeping crew members safe.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The film community is still reeling after a young crew member was killed on a movie set in Savannah, Georgia.

An investigation is underway into the incident, and movie makers in Wilmington and across the world are reacting to Sarah Jones' death.

The incident has also sparked an international conversation about safety in the film industry with "Slates for Sarah."

"We're entertainment. We're not finding the cure for cancer," John Ferguson with Cine Partners said. "There's no excuse ever to endanger anybody."

Local film makers say they're worried about where the industry draws the line when it comes to getting a creative shot and keeping crew members safe.

"We are a job where certain things are dangerous. It's what we do, but that's where safety protocols come into," explained Ferguson. "This [Sarah's death] completely fell through the cracks."

Some local production members say they are happy with where Wilmington's movie scene sits when it comes to safety.

"I think locally our film community is always highly focused on safety," Albert Hedgepeth, a producer in Wilmington, said. "The tenured technicians here in town always look out for the younger, less experienced crew members that are here."

Others believe things need to change.

"I hope that her death [Sarah Jones] isn't totally in vain. I have a fear about that because I've seen it happen in the past," Ferguson said. "As an industry as a whole, we need to sit down and set up the standards so these things can never happen again."

There's a campaign underway to have Sarah Jones mentioned during the Academy Awards to keep her memory and the conversation about film safety alive.

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