EXCLUSIVE: Netflix and Warner Horizon Television has undertaken new measures on the set of their wildly popular crime drama series Longmire to help ensure the safety of their production crew by providing charter buses to take the crew to and from remote shooting locations. The decision is welcome news to crew members.
The move follows the death last year of 48-year-old Longmire crew member Gary Joe Tuck. He fell asleep at the wheel and rolled his car on a New Mexico highway after working an 18-hour shift (from 9 AM-3 AM) on June 28. He was a Teamster driver for Local 492 and a SAG member. Longmire last year offered crew members a hotel to stay during that shoot.
One Longmire crew member had posted a picture of the charter bus on an online Sarah Jones page, one of many that arose after the death of the 27-year-old camera assistant on the set of Midnight Rider. The post carried the photo with the hashtags #classact and #remembersarah.
Another Longmire crew member said this is a grand step forward. “I’ve worked for the show for a long time. The way I see it is that the producers saw a problem and stepped up and said this is what we’re going to do immediately to fix it,” the crew member said. “When I saw it on the call sheet, I thought it’s a great thing to do.”
The crew can meet an hour and half prior to the day’s call time at the studio and board the charter bus which will take them to and from the set. Self-drive is not banned, but this is a safe option if the crew is working long hours. “We’re in this business because we love it but the hours take a human toll and there’s just got to be a better way to do it,” the crew member told Deadline. “And this is one of those ways.”
Tuck left behind a son, Adam; his mother; two sisters; and two brothers.