HI all, as someone who was involved with this video I thought I'd post up after reading some of the comments because there is a fair amount of incorrect information out there. I'll bullet point to be quick
• I and many others can tell you that free driving happens all the time on union shows with Alexas etc. This is not a problem with only no budget productions by any means.
• The static test was decided on by Dr. Bir (and agreed to by us) as it would show solely the impact of the airbag. Airbags are designed to overcome the force of an accident (as Dr. Bir explained) and therefore the issues with the accident would be more along the lines of breaking metal, glass, etc, but not forces of the camera and bag. Hard to believe but the science is fairly conclusive.
* The camera is stripped down because we didn't want to chance barking a real cam. Yes, a battery would add weight but we figured this was a representation. It also doesn't have things like follow focus motors etc that would certainly chew up an operators face.
• The camera operator should always have the last say about safety but in reality it doesn't always work that way. We've found situations where uninformed people make decisions and the reason for this video was so that we could use it to show the issues that we are talking about.
There are many other things that could be discussed here but I wanted to add some of this information for accuracy. A few of our members brought this to our attention and we decided it was something we could look into that would make a difference. The irony of this is that towing the vehicle is a perfect way to do this and is not done as much anymore due to a perception of speed and cost. These should not be the optimal deciding factors in how to do a shot and the safety of everyone in the car should come long before these enter into the equation.
Hope this helps and that more than anything, people are being educated as to the hazards of shooting this way. Thanks for the article.