Halyna Hutchins’ sister mourns murdered cinematographer as’ Rust ‘set investigation continues


“I can’t understand (his passing),” said Svetlana Androsovych, who currently lives in Indonesia. “I loved her very much … I was very proud of her and she was my role model. We were always close and kept in touch, despite the distance.”

“This loss is a great sorrow for our family, and I see how hard it is for our parents,” she added. “I hope the weather relieves our heartache.”

CNN has contacted Androsovych but has yet to receive a response.

A candlelight vigil for Hutchins brought out hundreds of mourners on Saturday night in the state.

“I would have had the chance to do another movie with a person like that,” said Lane Looper, a member of the “Rust” film crew. “She was a wonderful mother and wife and was just a wonderful soul, and I really hope more people like her exist.”

Filming took place as the crew rehearsed a scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico. The film’s assistant director, David Halls, handed Baldwin a gun and yelled “cold pistol”, a remark intended to indicate that the gun did not have live ammunition, according to an affidavit for a warrant. search for film set filed by Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and obtained by CNN affiliate KOAT.

According to the affidavit, Baldwin was handed one of three propeller guns installed in a cart by a gunsmith for the film. Halls did not know there were live ammunition in the weapon, the affidavit said.

When Baldwin fired, a live bullet hit Hutchins, 42, in the chest and injured director Joel Souza, 48, who was nearby, according to the affidavit. Hutchins was pronounced dead in hospital after being airlifted.

Gun experts question the tragedy

People hold candles as they attend a vigil held in honor of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on October 23 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The shooting has raised critical questions from gun experts looking at how the tragic incident happened.

“There is no reason to have a gun capable of unloading live ammunition on the set,” Steve Wolf, a gun safety expert, told CNN on Saturday. “A propeller pistol is a pistol that has been specially made to fire blanks, not bullets. In fact, bullets do not fit in a pistol that has been modified properly, only white will fit.

“And that’s a guarantee to make sure that the actual ammo is not loaded into the guns that are used on the set. So if you don’t use the right type of gun, you won’t get the gun. safety benefit designed there, “says Wolf.

Who was Halyna Hutchins?  Tributes to director of photography killed by propeller pistol
Ahead of filming, some of the crew quit for safety concerns on set – including gun inspections and unfulfilled Covid-19 protocols, according to the Los Angeles Times and other reports from the media.

Three crew members who were on set last weekend told the Los Angeles Times there were two accidental gun discharges ahead of Thursday’s fatal shooting. On October 16, Baldwin’s stunt double inadvertently fired after learning the gun was “cold,” two of the crew, who witnessed the shocks, told the newspaper.

The film’s production company told Deadline in a statement that it had not been made aware of any official complaints about the safety of weapons or props on set.

“We will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is down,” Rust Movie Productions, LLC said in a statement. “The safety of our actors and our team is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company.”

CNN has made several attempts to reach Rust Movie Productions for comment, but has not received a response.

The deputy director was the subject of complaints

Halls, the assistant director on set who handed the gun to Baldwin, had been the subject of complaints about safety and his behavior on set during two productions in 2019, two people told CNN who worked closely with him.

Complaints against Halls include failure to follow safety protocols for the use of weapons and pyrotechnics, blocked firefighters’ routes and exits, and cases of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

Maggie Goll, an IATSE Local 44 accessory maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said in a statement to CNN that while working on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February and May 2019, Halls neglected to organize safety meetings and systematically did not announce the presence of a firearm on the set to the crew, as is the protocol.

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“The only reason the crew were made aware of the presence of a weapon was because the assistant prop master asked Dave to recognize and report the situation every day,” Goll’s statement said.

The gunsmith who prepared the propeller pistol used by Baldwin was identified in the search warrant as Hannah Gutierrez. She had recently completed work on her first project as chief gunsmith, she said in a podcast interview in September.

“I was really nervous at first,” Gutierrez said of his work as chief gunsmith on the set of “The Old Way”, with Nicolas Cage.

“I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure I was ready, but did it, like everything had gone really well,” she said in an interview on the podcast. Voices of the West, dedicated to the old. Where is.

Her job as a gunsmith ranges from teaching actors how to wear a rifle belt to aiming and shooting, she said.

“I think when someone is new and not sure it’s okay. We all start somewhere,” said Wolf, the gun safety expert. “But you are working under someone’s tutelage and you will practice until you have mastery,” he added.

The film production community deeply touched by the death of Hutchins

Saturday’s vigil at Albuquerque Civic Plaza was hosted by IATSE Local 600 and IATSE Local 480, sections of the International Alliance of Theatrical Employees, which represents workers occupying various roles in the entertainment industry.

“Our entire alliance mourns this unspeakable loss with family, friends and Rust from Halyna,” the union said in a statement. “Creating a culture of safety requires unwavering vigilance from each of us, day after day. “

Local 600 set up a verified GoFundMe page for the Hutchins family, and more than $ 160,000 had been raised by early Sunday. Hutchins is survived by her husband and 9-year-old son, according to the page.

Many of the mourners at the vigil for Hutchins were members of the television and film industry.

Propeller guns: what are they and how they can kill

During the vigil, Rebecca Stair, site manager and member of IATSE Local 480, told CNN that she was not a member of the “Rust” team, but knew everyone. on the tray.

“My heart has been shaking for days, my phone is ringing with all kinds of friends going through something similar,” Stair told CNN. “My friend who was the transport coordinator had to stay until 11 p.m. to organize the shuttle trips to the house because no one could drive functionally.”

Stair became emotional while discussing safety concerns in the industry and broke down in tears, saying “a child should have a mother,” referring to Hutchins’ 9-year-old son.

Jolynne Nieto, another member of IATSE Local 480, told CNN that she was hired to work as a hairstylist for “Rust,” but turned down the job for security reasons. One of his main concerns was accommodation for crew members, which were in Albuquerque, 50 miles from the Santa Fe film set, which would add a long commute to an already long working day.

“They told me the terms were non-negotiable on the accommodation that was in Albuquerque while it was being shot on a ranch in Santa Fe, and I felt at this point we had to think about safety. “Nieto told CNN. “There were just a few other little issues that I found very funny.”

Nieto said Hutchins’ death was “unbearable”.

“You don’t expect to quit work and come home – it’s unthinkable, it’s unbearable,” Nieto told CNN. “We need to take gun safety on film sets more seriously.”

CNN’s Melissa Alonso, Kaylene Chassie, Sandra Gonzalez, Julia Vargas Jones, Mayumi Maruyama, Leslie Perrot, Andy Rose, Ray Sanchez and Karen Smith contributed to this report.


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