Hoping to avoid an incident similar to the reportedly accidental fatal shooting on the set of a movie being filmed in New Mexico in October, River Forest officials this month voted to prohibit the discharge of weapons or explosives on film and photo sets in the village.
Lisa Scheiner, acting village administrator, told trustees at a special meeting on Dec. 6 that the village is frequently host to television film companies, specifically those filming episodes of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.” Village President Cathy Adduci also noted that numerous television commercials are filmed in River Forest.
“Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” are filmed at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the West Side of Chicago with additional scenes shot throughout Chicago and the suburbs.
The village board voted unanimously on Dec. 6 to adopt an ordinance amending the River Forest village code prohibiting the discharge of weapons and explosives on film and photo productions in the village.
The section of the village code that regulates film and photo production states that all productions are required to obtain a village permit. According to the ordinance, the prohibition includes, but is not limited to, discharges of “blanks” and simulated ammunition.
Prior to issuance of a film or photo production permit by the village, the applicant is required to verify in writing to the police department that the film or photo production shall comply with this requirement and that this prohibition has been communicated to all people working on the film or photo production.
Jonathan Pape, assistant to the village administrator, said in a memo that research found that no federal or state laws or regulations were particularly tailored to address the discharging of weapons or explosives as part of film and photo productions, leading to the local ordinance.
Authorities say actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the set of the upcoming movie, “Rust,” killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring the director of the film, Joel Souza. Production of the movie, a western, was halted while authorities investigate the incident.