River Safety for Magnificent 7, Sept. 2015


In Sept. of this last year, New Wave Rafting Co. provided river safety services for the remake of  the film “The Magnificent Seven”, starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. The location was the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam, a spot that has seen many other film shoots, many of which we have participated in. On this occasion, Kathy Miller, President of NWRCo, Britt Runyon Huggins, Operations Mgr. and myself were present. We had with us a raft and inflatable kayak, with which to assist in the rescue of actors fallen in the river (which did not occur).

The location, alongside the Rio CFhama below Abiquiu Dam

The location, a mining camp alongside the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam (Britt Runyon photo)

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Director’s chair (Britt Runyon photo)

Here I sit in our raft, across the Chama River from the set. I was awaiting a river crossing shoot.

Here I sit in our raft, across the Chama River from the set. Our inflatable kayak sits to the side of the raft. I was awaiting a river crossing shoot (Britt Runyon photo).

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Horsemen begin to cross the Rio Chama towards the mining camp (Britt Runyon photo)

I found that the physical set-up (buildings, mines etc.), the props and the costuming were very authentic. Interestingly, I also found that I had to make an effort to dispell the notion that the extras were actually who they were dressed to be. That’s what I call effective costuming!

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Tent

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Tools

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Pots etc.

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Axe

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Barrel hoops

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Gallows

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Jail wagon

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Kitchen implements and bread

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Utensils

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Ladles

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Mine car

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Mine shaft, shovels, picks etc.

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Picks

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Sluice box

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Wagon and tents

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Water wagon and sluice boxes

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Cast and crew

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Crew and extras (known as “background”)

Action!

Action!

More action

More action

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Scott Shapiro, the Visual Effects Producer

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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