In Peter Jackson's 1987 film, Bad Taste, one of the main characters, Derek, is fighting with aliens on the side of a rather steep hill. I have to wonder what kind of safety precautions the actors took when filming this scene so as to not trip and fall to their death. I can't imagine it was anything all that special knowing most of the props and such were made by Jackson himself and that the movie was very low budget.

I was not able to find anything online talking about how this scene was filmed.

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    Considering that Jackson shot the film on weekends with his friends (and, as you say, on a shoestring budget) and that he himself is playing Derek, he might not have cared that much about his safety.
    – Walt
    Dec 1, 2014 at 7:23
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    The wikipedia page claims that the actor's scenes were filmed separately and simply made to look like they were there at the same time. There's no citation for this though. Dec 1, 2014 at 8:36

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Seeing that Peter Jackson shot Bad Taste with his friends on weekends (and on a shoestring budget), not a lot of precautions were taken, resulting in many onset injuries. In this scene, Jackson (forced to play two characters who fight eachother here, after many of his actors left or weren't available) was simply tied to a rope. But there's also some clever camera work involved: the side of the hill they were shooting on was grassy and not as life-threatening as it looks. Here's a detailed account from Peter Jackson: From Prince of Splatter to Lord of the Rings:

The hilltop in question is just a short walk up through the bush from Pukerua Bay township [...] Looking down from the top, there is plenty of grass, scrub and the occasional wire fence as the hillside drops away to the ocean. It is easy to imagine that a fall would not be the end of the world, but judging by the sheer length of the journey, you wouldn't want to find out. Jackson tied a rope to himself, the other end to a nearby stump, and dangled himself above the drop. The person filming him often had no rope at all.

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