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.
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.
Peony Hirwani25 October 2021 06:10
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.
Alex Woodward25 October 2021 06:00
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.
Peony Hirwani25 October 2021 05:40
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.
Peony Hirwani25 October 2021 05:20
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?
Alex Woodward25 October 2021 05:00
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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Peony Hirwani25 October 2021 04:50
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.
Alex Woodward25 October 2021 04:00
What are the approaches to gun safety on film sets?
Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: “Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.”
Shootings nevertheless have killed and injured people while cameras rolled, including the cinematographer who died and the director who was wounded this week when no one realized a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin during the filming of “Rust” carried live rounds that are far more dangerous than blanks.
As The Associated Press explains, most of the preferred states for film and TV productions take a largely hands-off approach.
Alex Woodward25 October 2021 03:10
Hutchins father refuses to blame Alec Baldwin
The father of Halynan Hutchins has said he refuses to blame actor Alec Baldwin for the death of his 42-year-old daughter, who was fatally shot on the set of Rust.
Speaking with the Sun On Sunday, Anatoly Androsovych said: “We still can’t believe Halyna is dead and her mother is going out of her mind with grief, but I don’t hold Alec Baldwin responsible — it is the responsibility of the props people who handle the guns.”
He added of his grandson: “The little boy has been very badly affected — he is lost without his mother”.
Mr Androsovych added that her husband Matt Hutchins, a corporate lawyer in Latham & Watkins’ Los Angeles office, “will decide if legal action is going to be taken.”
Alex Woodward25 October 2021 02:00
‘Careless’ Rust armourer criticised over safety on previous film, before Alec Baldwin shooting incident
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, was hired to work as the armourer on the set of Rust.
The Daily Beast reported on Saturday that Ms Gutierrez-Reed was also the armourer on another film set where a firearms mishap shut down production. During work on the upcoming Nicholas Cage film The Old Way, the woman allegedly gave a gun to an 11-year-old actor without properly inspecting it for safety.
Alex Woodward25 October 2021 01:00