'Midnight Rider' Accident: iPhone App Honors Sarah Jones
The filmmaking tool Movie Slate has added a feature allowing people to add text to the top of its digital slates.
The movement to remember Sarah Jones is going digital in a new way.
The new feature, which rolled out Tuesday, allows custom text to be added to the top of the app's slate. Makers of Movie Slate, which helps filmmakers keep track of the footage they've shot, are encouraging its users to use the custom text field to add remembrances of Jones.
"We were contacted by one of our customers," Cliff Joyce, creator of the Movie Slate app, tells The Hollywood Reporter. The customer told Movie Slate it would be helpful if it publicized Slates for Sarah to "help the family and help spread the word about on-set safety," recalls Joyce.
The app's makers didn't make the remembrance automatic, because its creators wouldn't want to be seen as exploiting Jones' memory for profit.
Filmmaker Kevin Maistros, who brought the idea to Movie Slate, tweeted a photo of his use of the app for Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord.
"I was thrilled that the app developers took this suggestion seriously, and updated the app so quickly to include the ability to write custom text on the sticks," says Maistros. "I hope that the words 'For Sarah' become a daily tradition on-set as a reminder to stay safe and double-check all safety measures in your respective departments."
The Slates for Sarah campaign has encouraged filmmakers and actors to pose with slates with messages remembering Jones. Productions of the CW's The Vampire Diaries and NBC's Hannibal are among those who have participated.
Jones, 27, was killed Feb. 20 when she was hit by a freight train during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. She was honored during the Oscars broadcast, as well as during memorials in Georgia and Los Angeles. The investigation into her death by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is ongoing.
The Movie Slate app is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.