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Experts about fatal incident on Baldwin film set: ‘Tragic, but also unprofessional’

Arthur van Oest also cannot remember such an incident on a Dutch film set. He is an expert in special effects for movies, TV and theater and has been in the business for over fifty years. His company worked on films like Indiana Jones, Michiel de Ruyter and Dunkirk. From machine guns and automatic weapons to snipers and hand grenades; Van Oest has worked with it.

The expert is shocked by the news, but he is also critical. “It is of course very tragic, but I also immediately thought: very unprofessional. If we rent out weapons and they are shot in a film, we are always there ourselves. If something goes wrong with a weapon, everyone looks at us. Usually an actor also wants to practice with a weapon to get used to the recoil and the sound. We help with that.”

If a weapon is only used to threaten in a movie scene, for example, then Van Oest’s company does not have to be present on the set. However, strict rules apply in that case too. “We can only hand over the weapons after signing a form and the people who use them are screened by the police. That form is a safeguard for us.”

Nice effect

According to Van Oest, an incident such as on the set of Rust could not even happen with the weapons that he rents out. “We have made sure that only blanks can be fired with our weapons. For example, in 14 the musical, about Johan Cruijff, there is a scene in which a Kalashnikov appears. Only loose blanks can come out of that. These provide a nice visual effect, because a flash comes out of the barrel of the weapon, making it look like it is really being fired. And the bang stays the same.”

Moreover, there are only a few companies in the Netherlands that are allowed to rent out weapons for movie scenes. “That is easily verifiable. Your license is immediately revoked if something goes wrong. In America you have a lot of companies that are allowed to rent out weapons and the gun law is of course very different from here. I do not know whether in America there are real weapons may be used on a set.”

Experts about fatal incident on Baldwin film set: ‘Tragic, but also unprofessional’
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