Oscar-winning Inception SFX expert blamed in cameraman’s death

By Alexandra Heilbron on March 9, 2011 | 2 Comments

Oscar-winning special effects expert Christopher Corbould, 53, is on trial for breaching safety regulations after cameraman Conway Wickliffe, 41, died in 2007 on the set of The Dark Knight in Surrey, England.  Wickliffe was leaning out of a Nissan 4×4 while operating a handheld camera when the driver hit a tree as he was trying to avoid a pothole. Wickliffe, who was not strapped down, suffered severe head injuries in the crash and died at the scene. Corbould won an Academy Award at this year’s Oscars for his work on Inception. Prosecutor Pascal Bates told the court that Corbould was to blame for not properly assessing the risks. ‘It was foreseeable and should have been foreseen by Christopher Corbould that, if the camera car crashed in any way, Mr Wickliffe was likely to sustain any injury which might be severe,’ he told Guildford Crown Court. The trial continues.

Comments & Discussion

  1. rRita • March 10, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

    I’ve lived enough years to hear about too many people people getting hurt/dieing on the job. Unsafe conditions shouldnt be allowed in the 1st place! The director should have been aware of this before it happened as well. Also theres less jobs then there should be, so that “makes” some people take Unsafe jobs. If any1 is listening: tell yourself Not to take on a job that is NOT Safe. $$ is only a piece of paper. I suggest going into other types of work!

  2. L1feless • March 10, 2011 @ 12:59 PM

    I hate to break it to you but it is not the directors fault. If anything i’d say it is the drivers fault. If this summary article is accurate then the director had already mapped out the course and line in which the car was to drive along. So long as that course was followed the camera man would have been safe. However (assuming this summary is correct) the driver veered from the path chosen by the director on the fly and failed to account for the camera man. Obviously this was not done to intentionally hurt this gentleman but the worst did happen.

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