Hot topics | Coronavirus pandemic

Hollywood Ignored a Safe, Realistic Alternative to Guns Long before the 'Rust - the Tragedy remained the norm

Hollywood Ignored a Safe, Realistic Alternative to Guns Long before the 'Rust - the Tragedy remained the norm

Hollywood had a safe and realistic alternative that it ignored years before the Rust tragedy caused urgent discussions about guns on set, and the Hollywood knew if it was only merely an alternative.

The proprietary technology was shown to industry leaders and movie stars in the corners of conventions and trade shows, in a sleek office of venture capital firms, and in digital proof-of-concept footage posted to YouTube.

The device is called Violette, a science-fair slut, that uses propane and oxygen to create idling, and revolving, all the sensory elements of the simulated firing of dummy weapons, but doesn't contain wifi, as well as horse weapons.

These faux weapons or host units, as the inventors call them, are hollowed-out props modeled after the real thing. They can be held as close as two inches from their intended targets, they said.

As far as the camera goes, we removed all the restrictions on real firearms and replaced that with a creative ability for the cast, crew, director and DP. CGI has been improved, its true, but having the effect on set makes resuscilable results in the swatch."

As a result of the sales of telemetry, they went on to raise $5 million for the campaign, in october 2015, with their demo gun and slash horns, and sold the project to the likes of Disney Accelerator, Netflix, The Smith Family Circle and the Millennium Films. In addition, the group tried to make it - and then drew the same response, Karpantschof said. We wanted to get the product, we don't want to fund it.

Karpantschof held the speaker series Summit in the year after-party in Los Angeles for the fourth annual conference, while the actor, Harrison Ford and John Plunkett attended the event. The actor was named the founding creative director of Wired magazine, who worshiped in nerdish enclaves of the business.

I told Mr. Ford that I had been working for years to create a firearm that is 100% safe for cast and crew. He said: Listen, what you're describing can't be done. Other people have tried and it's not possible, Karpantschof recalls. We show him some of our videos. They said, What you are showing me is not real. It'd either be CGI or blanks.

The film was real and was harmless, Karpantschof said. Variety sent the Violette demo to a top physical production executive, who shared their thoughts with the condition of anonymity. They praised the flash and misfires, but analyzed mis-fire based on the number of rounds from the dummy gun, which were able to be used, if it were with large groups of background performers, it was naive.

The technology is also relatively inexpensive, with prices per unit coming in at $3,500, the inventors estimated. Prop homes and studios could amortize this cost by leasing the equipment to other productions.

The founder moment for Copenhagen Industries and its potentially game-changing product came after Haraldsted, a veteran special effects technician and weapons master, wrapped the 2008 Mads Mikkelsen film Flame & Citron.

Haraldsted was responsible for the transport of historic weapons from Copenhagen to a location shoot in the Czech Republic two years later. Then, he was visited by two uniformed police officers holding restraining orders for weapons trafficking. During production, some cast members were killed by shrapnel from blank ammunition (no injuries were recorded), which turned out to be stricted into milibands, which were then left for elaboration by the border agent insisted that the weapons had left the

Karpantschof said about her partner. He got to think, How can we do this in a smarter way?

Those men from Copenhagen wanted to appeal to filmmakers' collective hatred of red tape, the same kind as those who saw Haraldsted taken into a police station over some missing forms. Without doubt, it had been impossible to predict the catastrophic recent incident that left the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead and the Rust director, Joel Souza, injured. But the men wanted the filmmakers collective hate of the public the sort that saw the sluggish idioms of

Weapons are going the way of the dodo, and it's accelerated now. Look over the past two years, with increasing antiterror legislation and compliance over firearms, this isn't sustainable way to produce films," Karpantschof said.

The men are getting desperate and scaled their ambitions down to a $1 million raise that would allow them to continue development on Violette.

Karpantschof spoke to the executive at the Berlin Film Festival, that was particularly frustrating. He shared with the director that there was something that I'm not getting, which was a huge remark to he that all the VCs are ignoring the demand. We aren't getting tipids from SMEs. Nobody wants the product, no one wants it.

The executive told him to Two things. First, you're a physical product, but you aren't retail. You'll not be able to be an enterprise. But you won''T be the B2B, and you don'd be not the production platform. So many things here are not fit the bill.

The executive said that he's asking for too little money. Who wants 3-5 times more money than one million?

The indie western was a set of Alec Baldwins indivities, which was shut off by Karpantschof and Haraldsted that December.

Karpantschof said about seven hours later that the incident happened in Copenhagen, and my friends and I had a link to articles in my mind. I thought that was related to me, but that isn't anymore. Now I've moved on, Kar Pantscho said. That night, I was shocked at the discovery of the information I received from incoming investors and knew there was no way I could ignore this.

Karpantschof appeared at a press conference last week with Bandar Albuliwi, whose filmmaker and creator of petition to permanently ban the use of firearms on film sets. Earlier this week, Karpakov said that he was given $1 million from tainte and hopes to close the remaining $4 million in the coming weeks. From there, the filmmakers will take these safe alternatives to guns to the hands of the slain pigs.

Karpantschof notes that he's never been a fan of guns, so I've never cared about them. What I do care about is great storytelling.

He speaks eloquently about their content.

The product that we left with isn't all that great, he says. We have always been a spirt of storytelling, whether it's the Spear of Destiny or Thor'S Hammer. They represent conflict. But because of the cost and the danger of weapons, the product we have left is not all the more faceted, not just the ones that have the most money, explains mr.