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World 'Rust' shooting: the day tragedy struck Hollywood

02:10  26 october  2021
02:10  26 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' movie conducting 'internal review' after reported complaints of set conditions

  Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' movie conducting 'internal review' after reported complaints of set conditions Rust Movie Productions, the company behind the movie "Rust," has launched an "internal review" after an on-set accident left one dead and another wounded after Alec Baldwin accidentally discharged a prop gun.On Thursday, the 63-year-old actor discharged a prop gun during a rehearsal, resulting in the death of Halyna Hutchins, who was working as the film's director of photography.

But the day quickly turned into a nightmare: by sundown, the film's cinematographer was dead, the director injured and star actor Alec Baldwin distraught over having accidentally shot them both. A picture of the day Halyna Hutchins died is starting to emerge through affidavits supplied by the Santa Fe sheriff's In the late morning, Souza was preparing a scene in which Baldwin, sitting on a wooden church pew, draws a gun across his body and aims it at the camera, the affidavits say. Souza worked with Hutchins to frame the shot to make it look like Baldwin was pointing the gun at the viewer.

On October 21, 2021, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured on the set of the upcoming film Rust , at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after actor Alec Baldwin negligently discharged a prop firearm handed to him by assistant director Dave Halls.

Thursday, October 21 was already off to a bad start on the set of "Rust" when a walk-off by the camera crew left the producers scrambling for replacements during a pivotal scene.

Photos of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins are displayed ahead a vigil held in her honor on October 23, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico © Sam Wasson Photos of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins are displayed ahead a vigil held in her honor on October 23, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

But the day quickly turned into a nightmare: by sundown, the film's cinematographer was dead, the director injured and star actor Alec Baldwin distraught over having accidentally shot them both.

A picture of the day Halyna Hutchins died is starting to emerge through affidavits supplied by the Santa Fe sheriff's department.

Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins killed after Alec Baldwin rehearsed pointing gun at camera, affidavit says

  Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins killed after Alec Baldwin rehearsed pointing gun at camera, affidavit says Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed while Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene that involved the actor pointing a revolver in the direction of a camera lens, the film's director Joel Souza said in an affidavit released Sunday that provides new details into the circumstances of the shooting. Souza, who was also injured in the on-set accident, said that the cast and crew had been assured that Baldwin was handling a "cold gun," meaningSouza, who was also injured in the on-set accident, said that the cast and crew had been assured that Baldwin was handling a "cold gun," meaning it had no live rounds.

" Rust " producers are suspending production while sheriffs investigate the circumstances of the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Actors were rehearsing for the Western film, which was shooting at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, N.M., when the gun was discharged after Baldwin had been told it was a “cold” or unloaded gun. The Santa Fe Sheriff’s search warrant executed Friday indicated the deputy arriving at the scene was told that assistant director Dave Halls did not know there was a live round in the gun when he yelled “cold gun.”

Just days prior to her death, Hutchins shared multiple Instagram posts from the set. "One of the perks of shooting a western is you get to ride horses on your day off," she captioned a candid video. Following the tragedy , many from Hollywood paid tribute to Hutchins on social media. Alec baldwin ‘ Rust ’ shooting victims: who are halyna hutchins and joel souza? "My heart breaks for the family and friends of Halyna Hutchins – this is just horrifying and devastating news," also tweeted director Mike Flanagan. "Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Halyna

- Disputes -

The workday began at 6:30 am at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a several-thousand-acre property in the foothills of northern New Mexico and a favorite destination for producers of western movies.

Halyna Hutchins had been working to frame a scene to make it look like star Alec Baldwin (pictured June 2021) was pointing a gun at the viewer © Angela Weiss Halyna Hutchins had been working to frame a scene to make it look like star Alec Baldwin (pictured June 2021) was pointing a gun at the viewer

Things quickly began to unravel when a six-person camera crew, angry over disputes about payment and accommodation during the three-week shoot, put down their gear and walked off set, leaving production bosses the task of sourcing replacement staff.

A girl pays respects near a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, at a memorial table during a candlelight vigil in her memory in Burbank, California on October 24, 2021 © DAVID MCNEW A girl pays respects near a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, at a memorial table during a candlelight vigil in her memory in Burbank, California on October 24, 2021

Director Joel Souza told investigators that even after a new crew had been found, they only had one camera to work with, so scenes were taking longer than they should.

Stars in disbelief over Alec Baldwin fatal prop gun shooting: 'Mismanaged set'

  Stars in disbelief over Alec Baldwin fatal prop gun shooting: 'Mismanaged set' As questions linger about safety protocols on the “Rust” movie set where Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer with a prop gun he’d been told was safe, Hollywood professionals familiar with safety measures and handling weapons on sets are left baffled. Jeffrey Wright, who has worked on projects including the James Bond franchise and the upcoming movie "The Batman," was acting with a weapon on the set of "Westworld" when news broke of the shooting Thursday at a New Mexico ranch. "We were all pretty shocked. And it informed what we did from that moment on," he said in an interview Sunday at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically killed on Thursday after Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western movie ‘ Rust ’. Director Joel Souza was also injured. This aerial video image provided by KOAT 7 News, shows Santa Fe County Sheriff's Officers responding to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek, Ranch movie set near Santa Fe, N.M. Thursday, Oct.

With Hollywood reeling from news of the fatal accident on the New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin film Rust –– in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was seriously injured –– it is tragically not the first time the safety of cast and crew have been put in One of the most famous on-set tragedies occurred in 1994 during the filming of The Crow, in which star Brandon Lee was killed when, due to an accidental oversight by the movie's prop department, a small explosive device used to simulate gunfire went off inside a grocery bag and the actor was fatally struck in the

- Prop gun -

In the late morning, Souza was preparing a scene in which Baldwin, sitting on a wooden church pew, draws a gun across his body and aims it at the camera, the affidavits say.

Souza worked with Hutchins to frame the shot to make it look like Baldwin was pointing the gun at the viewer.

Baldwin's gun in the scene was one of three that had been placed on the props cart by armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, a 24-year-old who only had one previous movie to her name.

It was taken from the cart by assistant director Dave Halls.

Souza recalled the phrase "cold gun" being shouted as the weapon was introduced on set. The expression is industry lingo for an inert firearm.

- 'A loud pop' -

At 12:30 pm, the crew broke for lunch in an area away from the set.

When they returned, Souza said, he was not sure if the weapon had been checked again.

Cameraman Reid Russell came back to the set to find Baldwin, Souza and Hutchins setting up the scene, trying to get around the problem of a shadow being caused by the outside light.

Timeline of events: How the fatal Rust shooting unfolded, moment by moment

  Timeline of events: How the fatal Rust shooting unfolded, moment by moment The cast and crew of Rust had just returned from lunch when it happened. One minute, producer-star Alec Baldwin and a handful of others were rehearsing a scene in a wooden church on a dusty Old West movie set meant to look like 1880s Kansas. The next minute, two people were bleeding from gunshot wounds — one of which would prove to be fatal — and everyone was reeling from confusion and shock. Here, based on a search warrant affidavit and 911 calls, is a moment-by-moment account of what happened that day.

In the days before the tragedy , IATSE had been threatening a large-scale strike that would have crippled Hollywood production. Among the complaints were overworking staff and poor rates. Baldwin recorded a video of himself encouraging the union members to strike if they felt they needed to, saying studio Baldwin said Friday that his killing of a cinematographer with a prop gun on a movie set was a ' tragic accident' as authorities investigated the shooting , which also wounded the director. Hutchins, the cinematographer on the Western movie Rust , was killed and director Joel Souza was shot and

In a letter to the film's crew obtained by NBC News, the production team offers help and support as "we all go through this tragic time and mourn the loss of our colleague and dear friend". © Reuters A view of the entrance to Bonanza Creek Ranch where Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot the Baldwin, 63, was drawing the revolver across his body and pointing it at a camera during rehearsal on the set of Rust when the weapon fired and struck the cinematographer in the chest, according to court documents released on Sunday. © Other Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on the set of Rust by Alec

Baldwin sat on the pew, as Hutchins checked how the scene would look from the viewer's perspective. Souza hovered over her shoulder.

As Baldwin explained how he would draw the weapon and where his arm would be, the gun went off, Russell said.

Souza described a sound "like a whip, then a loud pop."

- Bleeding -

Hutchins stumbled backwards, clutching her midsection and complaining about her stomach.

Russell remembers her saying she could not feel her legs. He saw she was bleeding as she lay on the ground, as medics rushed to help her.

Souza recalls realizing that he was bleeding from his shoulder.

A 911 call to police immediately afterward conveyed the shock and anger felt on the set.

"We've had two people accidentally shot by a prop gun, we need help immediately," the caller tells a police dispatcher.

Emergency responders rushed to the ranch, where they airlifted Hutchins to hospital.

She was declared dead a short time later.

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Crisis manager advises the Baldwins to stop posting on social media: 'Better off to wait' .
After the fatal shooting of "Rust" cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the Baldwins' Twitter and Instagram activity can be misinterpreted, according to one expert.Despite the tragedy, both the actor and his wife are continuing to post on social media. Most recently, Hilaria posted about her lost cat (which was later found) and her kids' Halloween costumes while Alec tweeted political jabs at Sen. Joe Manchin, D. W.Va.

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