Assistant Director Dave Holmes on the film set of “Rust” was the subject of complaints Two people who worked closely with Hall told CNN, on safety and their behavior on set during two productions in 2019.
Complaints include violation of safety protocols for the use of weapons and pyrotechnics, frequent blocking of fire lanes and exits, and instances of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
In a statement to CNN, IATSE Local 44 prop producer and licensed pyrotechnician Maggie Gaul said that while working on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February and May 2019, Hall neglected to hold security meetings. and consistently failed to announce. The presence of a firearm on set for the crew, as is protocol.
“The only reason the crew was made aware of the weapon’s presence was because the Assistant Prop Master demanded Dave acknowledge and declare the situation each day,” said Gol’s statement.
She said that the prop master “would announce each day when a gun would be needed on camera, the nature of that weapon—whether it was a rubber/plastic replica, a non-firing option, or a “cool” functional, but unloaded option.” , allowing anyone to bring said weapon onto set and inspect it before presenting it to Pratibha. (…) The Prop Master often told Dave to dismiss Talent without including a prop, weapon, or a security announcement Advised to fail.
Gall’s statement also describes an instance where a licensed pyrotechnic had a medical emergency on set and Hall told him to continue shooting. “I told them they were free to film whatever they wanted, but that there would be no fire or sparks etc. until the doctors, fire safety officers and all my companions were safely back on the set,” said Gol. description.
A crew member, who had also worked in productions but requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, confirmed Gol’s accounts, saying that when Hall held security meetings, they were few and far between. He was dismissive, saying that the guns used would be identical. Production always uses, and it questions why they would have to have meetings in the first place.
The crew member also stated that Hall complained of having a gun “cleared” (overseen by a licensed professional on set, such as an Armor) for a scene where an actress aimed the gun at her head. and will pull the trigger.
Gall and other crew members told CNN about another instance where Hall insisted on continuing filming on location during a storm where electric lights were touching mud, wires were exposed to rain, And the crew members feared for their safety.
On sexual misconduct allegations, Gaul said she did not file a complaint, but says that “on my first day on the series, another crew member asked me to “look” for Dave, adding that he The crew was very familiar with the physical, despite many quarrels and complaints about unwanted and unnecessary touches. Nothing extreme, but the crew members of all genders and temperaments daubed their backs, waists, shoulders, etc. It was uncomfortable to touch.
Gaul said that at the time she had called a production safety line and complained internally to the executive producers of Blumhouse Productions. He also said that he informed the Directors Guild of America (DGA) about the unsafe persons. “To my knowledge nothing has been done following my complaints,” reads her statement.
Hall did not respond to CNN’s request for comment Saturday night regarding Gall’s allegations against him.