To acknowledge the exceptional talent and dedication of the late camera operator Mark Milsome, the BSC have awarded him an Honorary Associate Membership. Milsome was killed in 2017 while filming a stunt in Ghana.
Speaking emotionally at the 2022 BSC awards, Mark’s wife, Andra said: “Mark would be truly honoured, humbled and touched to receive this accolade from his colleagues who he held in such high esteem. Mark will never be able to show his full creative potential to the world. He started, but had his life cut off in his prime, by such an avoidable tragedy.
It is vital that more accountability and better health and safety practices are put into place and that these become not only standardised, but mandatory. No more cost cutting. No more cutting corners. Every single person should come home safely at the end of each working day.”
Mark’s father, Doug Milsome – BSC ASC said “We are incredibly proud to learn that the BSC has awarded Mark ‘An Honorary Associate of the Society’ especially following on from the BSC ‘Special Achievement Award’ to the MMF. Myself and Mark’s mother, Debbie, are overwhelmed and comforted that Mark’s talent has been recognised in this way”.
Newly appointed BSC President, Christopher Ross, said “Mark was a camera operator of the highest calibre, having been a similar skilled focus puller and clapper loader, but more significantly, he was a human being of the highest calibre and embodied everything that is great about the camera department -warmth, compassion, and determination. I urge you all to ‘Be More Mark’.”
Chris urged the audience to follow and support the work of the Mark Milsome Foundation and to take their recently launched ‘Film and TV Online Safety Passport’ course (HERE) developed to ‘Build an industry that prides itself on mutual collective responsibility, and respect for everybody’s wellbeing.”
Read all about the #BSCAwards night and find out to what the winners had to say, and see more photos from the evening.