Alec Baldwin shooting: Actor fatally shoots Halyna Hutchins with prop gun
Alec Baldwin shooting: Aerial shots of film set after prop gun killed cinematographer
Hundreds have attended a vigil for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Albuquerque, New Mexico — not far from the Rust film set in Santa Fe, where she was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin, the Hollywood actor, during an apparent on-set incident.
The assistant director who handed Mr Baldwin a loaded prop gun is an industry veteran who’d been the subject of safety complaints for at least two years, according to former on-set coworkers.
One anonymous worker told ABC News that crews previously raised gun safety concerns with producers, also that there had been two accidental firearms discharges before the fatal incident, including with the stunt double.
Joel Souza, the director who co-wrote Rust with Baldwin, was also injured on Thursday and was later released from hospital.
Mr Baldwin said in a statement: “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
According to an affidavit, he had been handed the loaded firearm by an assistant director and told the gun was “cold” — or without live ammunition — before firing it. An investigation is in its fourth day.
Rust stars Jensen Ackles and Josh Hopkins pay tribute to Halyna Hutchins
Rust stars Jensen Ackles and Josh Hopkins have paid tribute to late cinematographer and team member Halyna Hutchins on social media.
Posting a photograph of Hutchins riding a horse, Ackles wrote: “This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing.”
He added: “Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work.”
Hopkins added: “Halyna was so generous with her kindness, she was an absolutely lovely person and a fierce artist. Her greatest joy was filmmaking.”
Rust crew was short-staffed and running behind schedule, affidavit states
The Rust crew was short-staffed and running behind schedule, according to the latest affidavit.
Earlier that morning, a camera crew had quit, which led to director Joel Souza in search of new camera operators.
Even with a replacement team, filming was slow as there was only one camera available, according to the affidavit reviewed by Wall Street Journal.
Brandon Lee’s family speaks out after Rust shooting
Brandon Lee – the son of the late action star Bruce Lee – was killed in 1993 on the set of The Crow after an actor fired a prop gun that he believed to be loaded with blanks.
His family shared a statement following the on-set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Lee died aged 28 on the set of ‘The Crow’ after an actor fired a gun he believed was loaded with blanks
Witness says Baldwin made sure a child wasn’t near him in prior scenes just to be safe
Crew member Reid Russell, who was setting up the camera for the scene, said Alec Baldwin had been “very careful” with weapons, according to a latest affidavit reviewed by Wall Street Journal.
Russell revealed that Baldwin made sure a child wasn’t near him in prior scenes when he was using a gun, just to be safe.
How movie prop guns work, and how they can still fire life-threatening shots
Prop guns include both real guns as well as toy guns or defunct weapons. The former are typically used to add an element of authenticity to close-up shots, as pointed out by firearms expert Cameron Brown in an article for American Cinematography magazine.
These are usually loaded with blanks or blank cartridges, not bullets. A blank cartridge contains all the components except for the projectile. Instead, the tip is sealed with things like paper wadding or wax.
Here’s how prop guns and blanks work, and why they can still be dangerous.
Prop gun vs real gun – the difference explained
Final moments of shooting revealed
Joel Souza said he heard a loud pop on Alec Baldwin’s final reach for the gun, according to the affidavit released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday (24 October).
Souza vaguely remembers that Halyna Hutchins grabbed her waist and stumbled backwards before complaining of stomach ache, according to the document.
The director had been looking over the cinematographer’s shoulder to analyse the church scene, before he noticed that she was bleeding, according to the affidavit.
Director wasn’t certain if the gun being used was checked for safety, according to affidavit
Director Joel Souza allegedly admitted that he wasn’t certain if the gun being used by Alec Baldwin was checked for safety after work resumed following a break at 12.30pm, according to a latest affidavit.
Souza said he had believed the gun being used in rehearsal was safe, according to the search warrant document released on Sunday (24 October).
“Mr Souza stated there should never be live rounds whatsoever near or around the scene,” the affidavit said, which was reviewed by Wall Street Journal.
The document also states that there were severe delays in production that day as a camera crew had quit, leaving the director in search of new camera operators in the morning.
Why are real guns used on film sets?
Despite CGI and computer technology, many productions still use guns — real guns — when filming.
The tragedy on the set of Rust has revived the question: Why are real guns ever used on set, when computers can create gunshots in post-production? Isn’t even the smallest risk unacceptable?
The tragedy that unfolded on a New Mexico movie set when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun, killing a cinematographer, has led to calls for fundamental change in Hollywood
Gun fired by Alec Baldwin was being used by crew members for target practice, report says
The gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust was being used by crew members of the film for target practice, TMZ reported.
The outlet has learned that an off-set target practice was being allegedly conducted using real bullets, which is how a live round found its way on the set.
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Head armourer described as ‘a bit careless’ on former set
Sources familialiar with the work of the 24-year-old head armourer at the centre of the Alec Baldwin shooting have alleged that she was a “bit careless” during her first role as a head armourer on a film set.
“She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again,” said a source to The Daily Beast of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. “There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe.”
The source added that on the set of the upcoming Nicolas Cage film, The Old Way, Ms Gutierrez-Reed handed a gun to an 11-year-old child actor without checking the weapon.
She recently said in an interview with a podcast that “loading blanks was the scariest thing to me because I was like ‘oh, I don’t know anything about it”, but her father, longtime Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, helped with her training.