The production company behind the film Rust has reportedly launched an internal investigation into allegations of “security concerns” before the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.
The actor, who played and co-produced the film, accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a gun this week, also injuring director Joel Souza, who has since been released from hospital.
According to Deadline report, there will now be an internal investigation into how the tragedy happened.
In a report by the Los Angeles Times, it was also alleged that the camera operators were frustrated with the conditions on set, including long hours and low wages.
An anonymous crew member allegedly claimed that Hutchins, who was killed, was advocating safer conditions for his team.
A source also claimed that there had been two misfires on the propeller pistol on Saturday and one the week before, and that there had been “a serious lack of safety meetings on this set”.
A crew member told the site that on Thursday morning the film crew began packing up their gear and leaving.
It is alleged that after crew members were told the production would pay for their hotel rooms in Santa Fe near the shoot, they were later told they would have to make the 80 mile drive from Albuquerque. each day.
The site also reports that non-union crew members have arrived to replace those who were leaving.
A crew member reportedly said: “The corners were cut – and they brought in non-union people so they could keep shooting.”
Rust Movies Production LLC told the publication in a statement, “The safety of our cast and crew is a top priority for Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company.
“While we have not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or accessories on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is down.
“We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and to provide mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time.”
Baldwin spoke by tweeting: “There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague.
“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to determine how this tragedy happened.
“I am in contact with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.
In a statement, a representative from Rust Movies Productions LLC said: “All of the cast and crew have been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends. relatives of Halyna.
Who is Halyna Hutchins?
Mother-of-one Halyna Hutchins was born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle before attending Kyiv National University.
After obtaining a degree in international journalism, she worked as an investigative journalist for British documentaries in Eastern Europe.
However, Hutchins’ real passion lay in film, and she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked as a production assistant and as an electrician.
She has also shot her own short films, inspired by filmmakers such as Christopher Doyle and Sergey Urusevskiy.
On the advice of cinematographer Robert Primes, Hutchins enrolled in the American Film Institute Conservatory’s MA program in 2013 and graduated two years later.
In 2018, Hutchins was one of eight female filmmakers selected for 21st Century Fox’s first DP Lab, and in 2019, she was chosen as a rising star by American Cinematographer magazine.
Hutchins went on to work on films such as the horrors The Mad Hatter and Darlin ‘and the crime drama Blindfire, and the BET + A series Luv Tale: The Series.
She also worked on Joe Mangianello’s mystery thriller Archenemy, which premiered at Beyond Fest 2020 and received a nomination at the Sitges International Film Festival.
“We have ceased production of the film indefinitely and are fully cooperating with the investigation by the Santa Fe Police Department.”
They added, “We will be providing advisory services to everyone related to the film as we work to deal with this horrific event.”
The Santa Fe Police Department confirmed that they were investigating the incident and that Baldwin had voluntarily made a statement. He was seen outside the station in tears.
No charges have been laid.
The biography of the cinematographer’s website indicates that she was born in Ukraine and graduated from AFI Conservatory in 2015. She was selected as one of the Rising Stars of the American Director of Photography in 2019 as well as as Director of Photography for the 21st Century Fox DP Lab in 2018.
Hutchins also worked as an investigative journalist with British documentary productions in Europe before moving to film, and she obtained a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University in Ukraine.
Some of his movie credits include 2020’s Archenemy, 2019’s Darlin ‘, and The Mad Hatter, released this year.
Tributes poured in after his death.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to representatives for Alec Baldwin and the production company for comment.
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