At a time when real weapons and live ammunition are banned from most film and television productions, gunsmith Mike Burch is causing a stir in the industry by going the opposite route with his upcoming World War II drama. rise. Of course, the idea of intentionally using live ammunition on a film set is highly controversial, given what happened with cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in 2021. However, Burch and writer-director Michael Ackerman made the decision to use live fire on the set of risethough they insist it was done under strict safety protocols and oversight from the gunsmith along with wardrobe consultants Brian McCallion and Samuel Niles.
“Michael Ackerman and I have had many discussions about whether to use blanks or live tours on set to convey realism,” Burch explains in a statement. There were many questions, rightly so, but in the end, the actors gave their consent and were comfortable with the use of live ammunition in some of the takes. When the word ‘cut’ was called, each actor was called individually and other than a safety position, he was instructed not to move until it had been cleared. The firearm by me, Brian and Samuel.”
The gunsmith added: “It was frankly nerve-wracking, but everyone worked flawlessly together to make sure the firearms were removed by at least three people before the cast emerged from the ground. Safety was our number one concern, and we were able to achieve that by following the basic rules.” To deal with firearms.
rise Inspired by real events. The film is described as a historically accurate depiction of World War II, as Akkerman, in conjunction with Myra Miller PhD of Footstep Researchers, used archival documents and interviewed family members of World War II survivors. From there, he wrote the script for a drama that takes viewers on a “deep journey where nationality and allegiance fade away and the rules of war are tested like never before.”
In the synopsis “The film is set in 1943 when an American division engages in a skirmish with German soldiers along the Winter Line in central Italy. As artillery shells begin to fall, the Americans must respect the rules of war and protect their wounded prisoners. They huddle together in a cave and make a look To the enemy as human, soldiers grapple with unimaginable moral questions that lie beyond the boundaries of nationality and allegiance.
Real guns and live ammunition have been banned from most movie sets
Other filmmakers keep guns and live ammunition off the sets of their films. Among them is Guy Ritchie, who used plastic pellet guns in his latest film, the covenant. Speaking about the decision with Newsweek, Ritchie called this approach to gun bans a “convenience,” admitting that he never liked having them in his collections in the first place.
“I’ve never liked real firearms,” said the director. “I had no idea why we were still in the industry with real firearms. It was just one of those things that everybody did, and it’s our huge relief…that you don’t have that sword hanging over us anymore.”
rise It will be released on Digital and VOD on Friday, August 4, 2023.