Online campaign honours film worker

Published Thursday, 27 February 2014
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Film and television productions from around the world - including Belfast-based drama The Fall - have paid tribute to a U.S camera assistant who lost her life last week.

Online campaign honours film worker
Crew members on The Fall pay tribute to Sarah Jones. (© Twitter/Ruairi O’Brien)

Sarah Jones died after being struck by a train while working on the Gregg Allman Biopic, Midnight Rider, in Savannah, Georgia.

Seven crew members were also injured during the incident.

Following her death a 'Slates For Sarah' social media campaign has been launched asking crew members to post pictures via Twitter and Facebook honouring Sarah on film slates.

On set, the-27-year-old's primary duty was to operate the slate at the beginning of each take.

The campaign has since gone viral with production crews from the U.S, Canada, Italy and Spain all paying tribute.

Crew members on the second series of The Fall, which is currently filming in Belfast, have also paid their respects.

Director of Photography Ruairi O'Brien posted a picture of a film slate with "RIP Sarah Jones" written on top, writing: "We all need to look out for one another at work. We're making movies not saving lives."

Ruairi told UTV: "The Slates For Sarah campaign has picked up momentum because it could have happened to anyone working on set.

"Even with health and safety protocols there is always risk because we always under pressure and constantly asked to work in unfamiliar locations. If you see a shot form a cliff top at night - then it means somebody had to go and get it. It's what we do but it carries a certain risk.

"Film crews are very familial and the loss of one of our own is felt around the world."

Meanwhile a host of famous faces have also taken to Twitter to promote the campaign and to honour the camera assistant.

24 star Kiefer Sutherland wrote: "So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Sarah Jones. Our broken hearts go out to her family and friends, from all of us on 24."

Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev said: "Our #TVDfamily lost a loved one. Beautiful soul. A dear friend. I miss you Sarah. You will always be a part of us."

© UTV News
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