Who was Halyna Hutchins? Tributes paid to ‘brilliant’ cinematographer who died after Alec Baldwin shot a prop gun on ‘Rust’ movie set
Written by Hitmix News on 22 October 2021
Tributes have been paid to a cinematographer who died after Alec Baldwin fired a prop firearm on a film set.
Halyna Hutchins, 42, died after Baldwin discharged the gun while filming his new Western movie Rust in New Mexico.
She was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.
Who was Halyna Hutchins?
Ms Hutchins was working as the director of photography on the Western movie Rust.
The 42-year-old had the same production role on the 2020 action film Archenemy and has worked on a number of other movies, including The Mad Hatter and Blindfire.
What other fatal accidents have happened on movie sets?
In an interview with American Cinematography, in 2019, Ms Hutchins said she grew up on an Arctic military base.
She explained how she started her career as a journalist but started to move into cinematography after working on British film productions in Eastern Europe.
Ms Hutchins then moved to the United States, taking up production-assistant roles, working up to grip-electric and shooting short films.
In 2015, Ms Hutchins graduated from the American Film Institute and, in 2019, she was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer.
According to IMDb, she also won the English Riviera Film Festival’s Jury prize for best cinematography for the short film Treacle in 2019.
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Many of her colleagues and friends have paid tribute to the “brilliant talent” following her death.
Casting director Sidra Smith posted on Instagram: “This breaks my heart into pieces”
Actor Joe Manganiello, who starred in Archenemy called her an “incredible talent”
I’m in shock. I was so lucky to have had Halyna Hutchins as my DP on Archenemy. An incredible talent & great person. I can’t believe this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? What a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family pic.twitter.com/W479ch56Js
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) October 22, 2021
Director of the Archenemy, Adam Egypt Mortimer said she was “brilliant”
I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set. She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film. ️ pic.twitter.com/vcdFqHsGA0
— Adam Egypt Mortimer (@adamegypt) October 22, 2021
Lord of the Rings star, Elijah Wood said it was “devastating news”
Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) October 22, 2021
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said his “heart goes out” to Ms Hutchins’ family
My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2021
Screenwriter, Christopher Robert Cargill, known for Sinister, said Ms Hutchins’ death was a “tragic loss”
I loved Halyna Hutchins’ work so much. It’s not only a tragic loss for cinema but to so many of you I know who worked with her. You and her family are all in my thoughts tonight. I’m heartbroken for you all.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) October 22, 2021
Brandon Lee’s sister, Shannon said on Twitter: “No one should ever be killed by a gun”
In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of the late martial arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie The Crow.
Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on “Rust”. No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.
— Brandon Bruce Lee (@brandonblee) October 22, 2021
Director and cinematographer, Elle Schneider said she was “devastated” by the “especially cruel” situation
Sick and devastated to hear that my friend and rockstar cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set today in New Mexico. I don’t have words to describe this tragedy. I want answers. I want her family to somehow find peace among this horrific, horrific loss. pic.twitter.com/ElAQNMuQvR
— 𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖊 𝖘𝖕𝖎𝖉𝖊𝖗 ️️ (@elleschneider) October 22, 2021
Actress Mia Farrow said: “This should have never happened”
Sorrow and absolute horror that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set. This should never have happened. Thoughts with her family and friends. pic.twitter.com/rJGxOJHnnp
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) October 22, 2021
The American Film Institute Conservatory said “words cannot capture the loss” of Ms Hutchins
As is profoundly true in the art of cinematography, words alone cannot capture the loss of one so dear to the AFI community. At AFI, we pledge to see that Halyna Hutchins will live on in the spirit of all who strive to see their dreams realized in stories well told. pic.twitter.com/zhZphl81Us
— AFI Conservatory (@AFIConservatory) October 22, 2021
The director of Rust, Joel Souza, was also injured in the incident and taken to hospital. He has since been discharged.