Sad news to report, as U.K. cameraman Mark Milsome has lost his life while shooting a stunt scene for the upcoming BBC and Netflix drama series The Forgiving Earth. The man is being described as 'hugely talented' by his peers, and it's clear that he was a much respected colleague amongst those he worked with. The BBC confirmed Mark Milsome's death in a statement. The cameraman was 54-years-old. He passed away on Monday. BBC said this.
"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 (GBCT) also released a statement to the press.
"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. Thoughts and prayers are with Mark's family at this awful time."
It is being reported that the tragedy happened during a night shoot on The Forgiving Earth. It involved a car stunt which was being shot in Ghana. The series was previously titled Black Earth Rising. The crime thriller will air in two-parts on the BBC, in the U.K. sometime in 2018. It will then move to Netflix, who have all global and streaming rights outside of Britain.
Hugo Blick (The Honourable Woman) wrote the series, which revolves around the 'prosecution of international war crimes'. Drama Republic (The Honourable Woman) is producing. The pair also released their own statement.
"It is with huge sadness that we confirm the death of Mark Milsome, a camera operator who was working with us on the BBC/Netflix production The Forgiving Earth. We are all completely devastated. Mark was such a wonderful, kind and generous person. All our thoughts and condolences are with Mark's family and his close friends at this tragic time. Giving them our support and focus is our number one priority."
Mark Milsome has had quite an accomplished career. He's best known for his work on the Steven Spielberg classic Saving Private Ryan. He began working as a clapper/loader in 1989 before moving into the position of Camera Loader on the 1992 remake Wuthering Heights, which starred Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes. He then moved into the role of second assistant camera operator on Sylvester Stallone's action thriller Cliffhanger in 1993. He has worked on a number of TV series, and his film work includes the James Bond adventure Quantum of Solace as well as the Danny McBride comedy Your Highness. He has served as a camera operator on BBC's Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch for 7 episodes. His latest work includes the 24 revival Live Another Day, and he has worked on 3 separate episodes of Game of Thrones. The news of his death comes from The Hollywood Reporter.