“I’m wearing this for Sarah Jones – with honor,” said Criminal Minds co-exec producer Harry Bring, patting the memorial ribbon on his lapel while presenting at the first inaugural Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA) Awards Saturday night. Bring took a moment before handing out the LMGA awards for television work to pay tribute to the camera assistant who was killed by a train Feb. 20 during filming on Midnight Rider. (See winners of the first LMGA Awards here.)
“I hired Sarah on her first job when she was an intern, still going to college. The accident is deep in our hearts and will set safety as the most important thing on sets for years to come,” he said to applause from the audience of location professionals inside the Writers Guild Of America theater. Jones started her career interning on Army Wives, which Bring exec produced.
Bring praised the LMGA members for the vital work they do on set, a sentiment echoed in a taped message from Nebraska director and Eva Monley Award recipient Alexander Payne who noted that he prefers to shoot on locations rather than sets on all of his film and relies on his location pros as key creative collaborators: “Choice of location – Nebraska, Hawaii, California wine country – is as germane to a film as the story itself.” (more…)