A young life that ended in a tragic accidental shooting, happening before cameras, on-stage of a movie-making, left the world speechless. And, one of Hollywood’s biggest names is involved in the bizarre tragedy as well – Alec Baldwin, who was left speechless and mourning, right after seeing what he has done. The whole incident was filmed.
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The movie “Rust” will shine in the history of American cinematography, mostly because of what happened during the making of the movie. This tragedy will definitely make the movie famous. However, the fact that a young life ended will never be forgotten, and the investigation is still ongoing.
The young director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, didn’t manage to get through the hospital treatment and died because of the gunshot injury.
Director Joel Souza explained that he heard “what sounded like a whip and then a loud pop,” and noticed Hutchins, who he was standing behind at the time, grab her midsection as she stumbled backward. She “was assisted to the ground” by other crew members and camera operator Reid Russell recalls Hutchins saying she could not feel her legs.
How did this happen, you ask?
According to the search warrant, obtained by LA Times,
“The actor and crew were setting up a shot that required Baldwin to point the weapon at the camera. However, thanks to a creeping shadow, the camera had to be adjusted to a different angle. When Baldwin was explaining how he was going to draw his revolver from its holster and where his arm should be for the shot, the firearm went off.
Souza said three people were handling the gun for the scene. Armorer Hanna Gutierrez Reed reportedly handled three prop guns left on a cart outside the structure they were shooting in due to coronavirus restrictions. Assistant director Dave Halls handed one of those guns to Baldwin. According to a Santa Fe court, Halls announced that it was a “cold gun” before giving it to the actor, lingo meaning that the firearm was unloaded.
Souza said in the warrant that the cast and crew prepared the scene before lunch and then had their meal away from the shooting location around 12:30 p.m. He was not sure if the gun was checked again when everyone returned from lunch.”
“The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company,” Rust Movie Productions said in a statement to multiple outlets. “Though we were not made aware of any official complaints concerning weapon or prop safety on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is shut down. We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and offer mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time.”
It’s good to note that other crew members have also complained of unsafe conditions prior to the incident.