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More details on “Rust” shooting appear

More details about rust shooting appear
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More details have begun to emerge regarding the fatal incident that cost film photographer Halyna Hutchins and the injured director Joel Souza on the set of the indie western film “Rust”. These details paint an uglier picture than previously thought.

A new report in The Los Angeles Times says a dozen camera operators and their assistants walked out of the set to protest working conditions a few hours before the incident.

The group was reportedly frustrated by the conditions surrounding the low-budget film with long hours, unexpectedly long commutes and long turnaround time. In addition, standard security protocols in the industry, including weapons inspections, were not closely followed, the newspaper’s sources said.

At least one of the camera operators reportedly complained to production managers last weekend about gun safety on the set. Concerns reportedly surfaced after Alec Baldwin’s stunt – double accidentally fired two rounds last Saturday after being told the gun was ‘cold’ (ie has no ammunition, including items). That was on top of an extra mistake the week before.

A crew member tells the newspaper: “There should have been an investigation into what happened. There were no safety meetings. There was no guarantee that it would not happen again. All they wanted to do was hurry, hurry, hurry. ”

On the morning of Thursday’s incident, the camera crew (all IATSE staff) spent about an hour assembling their equipment on the Bonanza Creek Ranch kit when several non-union members reportedly showed up – they had been brought in to replace them.

The newspaper claims that one of the manufacturers ordered the union members to leave the set and threatened to call security to remove them if they did not leave voluntarily.

The shooting took place about six hours after the union’s camera crew left when Baldwin, the film’s star and a producer on the project, apparently rehearsed on a stage outside the church set.

The scene involved a shot that began in the church, and then Baldwin’s character had to retire from the church. The project was on the 12th day of a scheduled 21-day recording.

No charges have been filed, but the sheriff’s office says witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives. Baldwin has released a statement on Twitter saying:

“There are no words to convey my shock and grief over the tragic accident that took the lives of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague. I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to resolve how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband and offer my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all who knew and loved Halyna ”

In an email to its members, Local 44 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), representing prop masters, said the shot on Thursday was “a live single round that was accidentally fired at the sight of the lead actor”.

A spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office told Deadline they could not “confirm or deny” it was a live round as “we have not even started forensics on this subject” with more information next week.

Room 44 also confirmed that the props, decor, special effects, and construction departments were manned by crew members in New Mexico, with no local 44 members on the call sheet.

A source tells the LA Times that Local 44 does not know what projectile was in the gun, and clarified that ‘live’ refers to a gun being filled with some material, e.g. A glossy, ready-to-shoot movie.

A statement filed by the Sheriff’s Office and obtained by The New York Times reportedly states that the gun, which was handed to Baldwin on the set, was allegedly declared safe by the production’s assistant director, who shouted ‘cold gun’ (so it was safe to use ) moments in advance.

When Baldwin pulled the trigger of the gun, it fired a projectile that fatally hit Hutchins in the chest and hit Director Joel Souza’s shoulder with Hutchins allegedly standing in front of Souza at the time of the incident.

According to the statement, the AD “did not know there were live rounds in the props gun”, and the weapon was read in advance by an armor. Baldwin’s bloodstained costume was allegedly taken as evidence. Investigators also seized other prop pistols and ammunition used.

The production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC, has also released a statement about what happened:

“The safety of our actors and crew is the highest priority for Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company. Although we were not made aware of any official complaints regarding weapon or prop security on the set, we are conducting an internal review of our procedures while production closes. We will continue to work with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and offer mental health services to the cast and crew in this tragic time. ”

The major consequences of this have just begun. Already in immediate response, THR reports that ABC’s Nathan Fillion-directed “The Rookie” TV series has banned ‘live’ guns on the set forward, according to a note from showrunner Alexi Hawley sent to staff on Friday. All initial shots will be Air Soft guns (replica toy guns) with CG muzzle flashes added in the post. More TV and film productions are expected to follow suit.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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