Springfield-based director Julie Staley worked with Halyna Hutchins – Alec Baldwin Rust

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Curious lists regrets to report on the tragic shooting of Halyna Hutchins. Read further to discover what actually happened on set and who is to blame.

Alec Baldwin Shoot – Springfield-based director Julie Staley worked with Halyna Hutchins

Halyna Hutchins

Springfield-based film director and producer Julie Staley worked with cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a short drama film in Los Angeles in May.

The Ukranian-born Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot by actor Alec Baldwin in a mishap on a New Mexico film set Thursday. The shooting also injured film director Joel Souza.

Staley, who owns Spencer Films, LLC, said she was “heartbroken” by the loss of Hutchins.

“She brought a lot to us in the short time we got to know her,” Staley said of Hutchins, through an email.

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Hutchins served as director of photography for “The Lie,” which Staley directed. There was no word on when the film will be released.


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Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Deadly Shooting on Set Was Actually Safe, Officials Claim

The star was informed a gun being used as a prop was safe before he fired it on the set of “Rust,” killing the film’s cinematographer and injuring its director, law enforcement 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 filming a new film on Thursday afternoon when his character, an outlaw, needed 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 intended to specify that the gun did not have any live rounds in it.

When Mr. Baldwin fired the gun, law enforcement officials said, it hit and killed the film’s cinematographer and injured its director– and raised new questions 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 establish what kind of ammunition the gun had been loaded with.

The assistant director on the set of “Rust” where Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had previously 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 called 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 statement to NBC News. “Sets were almost always allowed to become more and more claustrophobic, no developed fire lanes, exits blocked … safety meetings were nonexistent.”

According to court files, Halls handed the prop gun to Baldwin before the fatal shooting at the Bonanza Ranch in New Mexico, indicating incorrectly that the weapon did not have live bullets by calling “cold gun.”

The gun was 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 not clear the number of rounds were discharged. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she turned the weapon over to police when they got there, the court records say.

Halls did not instantly return phone and email communications seeking remark. The Associated Press was not able to get in touch with Gutierrez, and several emails sent off to production agencies associated with the film were not immediately returned Friday.

The film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, said she was standing near 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 stated she and various other crew members were participating in a private commemoration Friday night in Santa Fe.

Baldwin labelled the killing as a “tragic accident.”

A tormented 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 son.

Alec Baldwin has been seen consoling the family of the cinematographer he unintentionally killed on the set of his movie, as further reports surfaced on Sunday of distressing exercises during the recording 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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