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Halyna Hutchins – ‘Rust’ gaffer shares ‘last photo’ of Halyna Hutchins on set with Alec Baldwin
The last photo of Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography who was fatally shot on the set of the Alec Baldwin film Rust, has surfaced.
Serge Svetnoy, a gaffer on the film who was “standing shoulder-to-shoulder” with Hutchins when the gun Baldwin was rehearsing with discharged, shared what he called “the last photo with Halyna on set.”
In the photo, taken in the church set at the Bonanza Creek Filming Ranch in Santa Fe, Hutchins is near the center with her back to the camera. She’s wearing a black puffy coat, green pants, knee-high boots and a hat with headphones placed over them. In front of her is a beaded Baldwin, who plays an outlaw in the film, which has halted production amid an investigation into the shooting.
On Sunday, Svetnoy shared his version of the shocking set shooting, which also injured director Joel Souza.
He said he knew Hutchins for years, working with her “on almost all of her films. Sometimes we’ve shared food and water. We’ve been burning under the sun, freezing in the snow on the shoots. We took care of each other. Yes, I can say with 100% confidence she was my friend. WAS!!!”
Svetnoy said he was “standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna during this fatal shot that took her life and injured … Souza. I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands.”
He said it was “the fault of negligence and unprofessionalism” that the gun Baldwin was given, and was told wasn’t loaded, killed Hutchins.
“The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site did not do this; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on the site did not do this; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it,” Svetnoy wrote, referring to newbie armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed.
He went on to call out the producers, saying that to “save a dime” they hired “people who are not fully qualified for the complicated and dangerous job… There is no way a 24-year-old woman can be a professional with armory. Professionals are the people who have spent years on sets, people who know this job from A to Z.”
“I do not wish anyone to go through what I went through, what her husband Matt Hutchins and her son Andros went through, and the actor Alec Baldwin, who has been handed a gun on set,” Svetnoy wrote. “He has to live with the thought that he took the life of the human because of unprofessional people.”
According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department search warrant, camera person Reid Russell said it was a chaotic day on set due to a camera crew of about six individuals walking out of the indie film due to issues with production involving payment.
Souza told authorities that, after a lunch break, they were preparing for a scene in the church set. The gun, one of three being used, had been set up by Gutierrez Reed and left on a cart outside the set due to COVID restrictions. The gun in question was identified by assistant director David Halls, as a “cold gun,” meaning it didn’t have live rounds, and was given to Baldwin. Baldwin was sitting in a pew in the church building set, practicing a cross draw with the weapon when it discharged.
Souza said he heard a whip and then loud pop, then Hutchins grabbed her midsection. The director realized he had been shot as well.
Hutchins was treated by on-set medics and then airlifted to the hospital, but she died soon after. Souza was treated at the hospital and released.
A distraught Baldwin spoke out on Friday and spent time with Hutchins’s husband and son over the weekend.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is holding a press conference Wednesday to discuss the latest on the case. The production has been halted for now pending investigation findings.
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Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Fatal Shooting on Set Was Safe, Officials Say
The artist was told a handgun being used as a prop was safe before he discharged it on the set of “Rust,” killing the film’s cinematographer and injuring its director, police officials said.
On a ranch in northern New Mexico, where the cottonwoods and the dusty foothills have formed the backdrop of Westerns since the 1950s, Alec Baldwin was shooting a new film on Thursday afternoon when his character, an outlaw, required a gun.
An assistant director grabbed one of three prop guns that the film’s armorer had set up outside on a gray cart, handed it to Mr. Baldwin, and, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Joel Cano of the Santa Fe County sheriff’s office, yelled “Cold Gun!”– which was supposed to identify that the gun did not have any live rounds in it.
When Mr. Baldwin shot the gun, police officials said, it struck and killed the film’s cinematographer and wounded its director– and raised new uncertainties about firearms safety on film sets.
The assistant director “did not know live rounds were in the prop-gun” when he gave it to Mr. Baldwin, according to the affidavit, which was made as part of a search warrant application. The affidavit did not stipulate what type of ammunition the gun had been loaded with.
The assistant director on the set of “Rust” where Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had in the past allowed an unsafe working setting on productions, according to a prop maker who worked with him.
Dave Halls “at first he seemed like an older, affable first [assistant director] with the usual run of idiosyncrasies, but that facade soon disappeared,” according to prop maker Maggie Goll, who said she was contacted to work on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February 2019.
” He did not maintain a safe working environment,” Goll said in a detailed report to NBC News. “Sets were almost always allowed to become progressively claustrophobic, no reputable fire lanes, exits blocked … safety meetings were nonexistent.”
According to court files, Halls handed the prop gun to Baldwin right before the fatal shooting at the Bonanza Ranch in New Mexico, attesting wrongly that the weapon didn’t have live shots by shouting “cold gun.”
The gun was just one of three that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, had set on a cart outside the wooden structure where a scene was being acted, according to the records. Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds, a detective wrote in the search warrant application.
It was uncertain how many rounds were discharged. Gutierrez cleared away a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she gave the weapon over to police when they got there, the court records say.
Halls did not immediately return phone and email communications seeking statement. The Associated Press was not able to contact Gutierrez, and several messages sent to production companies affiliated with the film were not promptly returned Friday.
The film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, said she was standing beside Hutchins when she was shot.
” I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody,'” Mitchell told The Associated Press. “This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.”
Mitchell explained she and other crew members were going to a private commemoration Friday night in Santa Fe.
Baldwin communicated the killing as a “tragic accident.”
A distressed Baldwin was photographed outside a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday embracing and talking with Matt Hutchins, the husband of Halyna Hutchins, and their nine-year-old child.
Alec Baldwin has been seen soothing the family members of the cinematographer he inadvertently killed on the set of his movie, as additional reports came out on Sunday of unpleasant procedures during the filming of the Western “Rust”.
Baldwin’s stunt double unintentionally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold”– vocabulary for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammo, including blanks– two crew members who watched the episode told the Los Angeles Times.
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