Veteran film and TV camera operator, Mark Wilsome, has reportedly died while filming a stunt on BBC/Netflix drama The Forgiving Earth.
According to Deadline, the incident occurred over the weekend but, the details of what transpired are not fully known. According to Sarah Price, Milsome’s agent, he was shooting a stunt sequence for the show.
“We have very little information at present — the production company have confirmed that an investigation is underway. It occurred on a night shoot during a stunt sequence,” Price told Deadline.com
Milsome’s TV credits include Sherlock, Call The Midwife, 24: Live Another Day, Game Of Thrones and The Durrells. He had also worked in various capacities on such films as Saving Private Ryan, Finding Neverland, The Constant Gardener, The History Boys, Quantum Of Solace, My Week With Marilyn and The Theory Of Everything.
The Forgiving Earth, previously known as Black Earth Rising, is described as a thriller about the prosecution of international war crimes and the personal, legal and political turmoil it creates. Hugo Black is the writer and director of the show. The show is set to premiere on BBC Two in the UK and Netflix holding global rights outside of the UK.
The BBC issued a statement today saying, “We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear this terrible news. Mark Milsome was hugely talented and a much respected colleague. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.”
The Guild of British Camera Technicians also released a statement: “The GBCT Board and its membership are absolutely devastated by this tragic news. Mark Milsome was not only an incredibly talented camera operator, he was also one of the kindest and sweetest of human beings. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family at this awful time.”
Milsome’s agent Prince added, “We; his family, friends and colleagues are devastated by this loss. He was the most gentle and generous man. Giving of his time, talent and loyalty. A rare, universally admired and genuinely loved member of the film industry family. He will be so sorely missed.”