Posted on 14 Feb 2011
While movie fans can’t wait to se what film will be awarded the Oscar® for Best Picture, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, the leading insurer of Hollywood films for more than 85 years, is unveiling its riskiest film of the year. This year it’s the action packed movie “Salt,” featuring Angelina Jolie as
Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy who must prove her innocence.
Jolie performed her own stunts, including fight scenes, riding a motorcycle, jumping off a bridge, and handling a number of weapons.
“Whenever an actor chooses to do their own stunts it increases the film’s risk because you have an actor doing that rather than a professional stunt person,” said Lauren Bailey, vice president of entertainment at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. “These types of scenes contribute appreciably to a film’s overall risk and Fireman’s Fund helps by creating solutions to cover specific exposures.”
Fireman’s Fund helps production companies manage unexpected risks by working closely with the studios to ensure the safety of all participants while still achieving the director’s artistic vision.
“Part of my role as a risk services consultant is to work with movie studios to analyze scenes that include stunt work, explosions, chase scenes, weapons and more, to ensure the safety of the cast and crew,” said Paul Holehouse, entertainment risk consultant at Fireman’s Fund.
“Delays can cost a production millions of dollars if a cast member becomes injured and is unable to work, which can cost up to $250,000 a day for a big budget film,” Bailey added.
From independent films to blockbusters, Fireman’s Fund insures 80 percent of all U.S. films.