SANTA FE — A Los Angeles-based cameraman who was seriously hurt during the filming of a star-studded movie near Los Alamos three years ago has filed a lawsuit over his injuries.
A “mobile camera crane unit,” weighing over 3,000 pounds when fully loaded, with cameraman James Razo behind the wheel tipped over and fell on top of Razo as he was driving up Pajarito Mountain on a steep road during shooting of “Only the Brave,” starring Josh Brolin and Jeff Bridges, in June 2016, according to a lawsuit filed in Santa Fe District Court this week.
Razo, who was knocked unconscious, had to be airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital and suffered spinal cord damage that “severely limit his life activities,” the lawsuit states. He is seeking damages for lost wages as well as for pain and emotional distress.
The suit says Razo was denied time to scout the terrain or install tank treads on the vehicle he was driving before the climb.
No Exit Film, LLC and Black Label Media, Los Alamos Ski Club, Pajarito Recreation, Duke Wildfire and Land Management and Brian Henington are listed as defendants. Tom Long, general manager at Pajarito Mountain, said he didn’t want provide a comment Thursday. No one from Black Label Media or No Exit Film could be reached.
Henington, who operates Duke Wildfire and Land Management, was hired as the safety director for the movie, the lawsuit says. He could not be reached Thursday.
According to the lawsuit, Razo was hired for the movie four days before the accident and made the drive from Los Angeles to Santa Fe with film equipment, including the mobile camera crane unit.