Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

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Property master Neal Zoromski speaks to CNN. (CNN)

Neal Zoromski, a long-time Hollywood prop master, turned down an offer to work on “Rust” after being asked by producers to do two roles on the set, an approach he believed was “flawed”.

Zoromski said he was asked to take on two jobs, one as an armourer and another as assistant key prop master.

“That premise is flawed,” Zoromski told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “There is just an unbelievable amount of landscape that even an experienced professional can cover.”

Zoromski explained: “When you load a gun, you are right next to the camera. If you’re an Assistant Key Props, you load the wagons in the background, check the reins, make sure the trunk is loaded and unloaded and repeated over and over. “

“There are so many things that happen between the foreground and the background and it is a challenge even for a seasoned professional to cover that scope and do it well,” he added.

Zoromski said he had job concerns as he spoke to various people on the production team about numbers, budgeting, and human resource issues that needed to be addressed.

“We negotiated over several days, we were up and down with numbers and staff numbers,” said Zoromski.

Zoromski said he raised his concerns and needs during the negotiations, but they were not addressed immediately when presented to producers and staff.

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