Crew voiced safety fears before fatal shooting on set of Alec Baldwin film

Asia's Tech News Daily

Hours before actor Alec Baldwin fired a fatal gunshot from a prop gun that he had been told was safe, a camera crew for the movie he was filming walked off the job in protest at conditions and production issues that included safety concerns.

Crew voiced safety fears before fatal shooting on set of Alec Baldwin film
© Jae C. Hong The film set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe (Jae C Hong/AP)

Disputes in the production of the Western film Rust began almost from the start in early October and culminated with seven crew members walking off several hours before 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed.

The crew members had expressed their discontent with issues ranging from safety procedures to their accommodation, according to one of those who left.

At a rehearsal on the film set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa Fe on Thursday, the gun Baldwin used was one of three that a firearms specialist, or “armourer”, had set on a cart outside the building where a scene was being rehearsed, according to court records.

The documents indicate that an assistant director, Dave Halls, grabbed a prop gun off the cart and handed it to Baldwin, indicating incorrectly that the weapon did not contain live rounds by yelling “Cold gun”.

When Baldwin pulled the trigger, he unwittingly killed Ms Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her inside a wooden, chapel-like building.

Crew voiced safety fears before fatal shooting on set of Alec Baldwin film
© Provided by PA Media Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on the set of Rust after an assistant director unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use (Andres Leighton/AP)

Baldwin, 63, who is known for his roles in 30 Rock and The Hunt For Red October as well as his impressions of former president Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, has described the killing as a “tragic accident”. He was a producer on Rust.

A 911 call that alerted authorities to the shooting hints at the panic on the film set, as detailed in a recording released by the Santa Fe County Regional Emergency Communications Centre.

“We had two people accidentally shot on a movie set by a prop gun, we need help immediately,” script supervisor Mamie Mitchell told an emergency dispatcher. “We were rehearsing and it went off, and I ran out, we all ran out.”

The call handler asked if the gun was loaded with a real bullet.

“I cannot tell you. We have two injuries,” Ms Mitchell replied. “And this (expletive) AD (assistant director) that yelled at me at lunch, asking about revisions… He’s supposed to check the guns. He’s responsible for what happens on the set.”

Court records say that Mr Halls grabbed the firearm from the cart and took it to the actor, also unaware that it was loaded with live rounds, a detective wrote in a search warrant application.

It was unclear how many rounds were fired. Armourer Hannah Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and turned the weapon over to police when they arrived, the court records say.

Guns used in film-making are sometimes real weapons that can fire either bullets or blanks, which are gunpowder charges intended to produce little more than a flash and a bang.

New Mexico workplace safety investigators are examining whether film industry standards for gun safety were followed during production of Rust.

Crew voiced safety fears before fatal shooting on set of Alec Baldwin film
© Provided by PA Media Crew members working on Rust at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe had raised safety concerns (Jae C Hong/AP)

The Los Angeles Times, citing two crew members it did not name, reported that five days before the shooting, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun did not have any ammunition.

A crew member who was alarmed by the misfires told a unit production manager in a text message: “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by the newspaper.

The New York Times also reported that there were at least two earlier accidental gun discharges, citing three former crew members.

Ms Mitchell, the script supervisor, told the Associated Press she was standing next to Ms Hutchins when the cinematographer was hit.

“I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody’, ” she said. “This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.”

Film-maker Mr Souza, who was shot in the shoulder, said in a statement to NBC News that he was grateful for the support he was receiving and “gutted” by the loss of Ms Hutchins.

“She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be better,” he said.

Santa Fe-area District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said prosecutors will be reviewing evidence in the shooting and do not know if charges will be filed.

Crew voiced safety fears before fatal shooting on set of Alec Baldwin film
© Provided by PA Media Candles are placed around signs at a candlelight vigil for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (Jae C Hong/AP)

At a vigil on Saturday, around 200 film crew workers gathered for a candlelight vigil as the sun set. They shared grief at the loss of one of their own, and fear of accidents on their own film sets.

Several in attendance lit candles, held a moment of silence, read poetry and made brief comments including one testimonial to Ms Hutchins’ artistic spark and generosity.

“Her death shouldn’t have happened, Union sets should be safe sets,” said Liz Pecos, president of IATSE Local 480.

Production on Rust was halted after the shooting.

The crew member that spoke to the AP said he never witnessed any formal orientation about weapons used on set, which would normally take place before filming begins.

He also said only minimal Covid-19 precautions were taken, even though crew and cast members often worked in small enclosed spaces on the ranch.

The crew were initially housed at the Courtyard by Marriot in Santa Fe, according to the crew member. Four days in, however, they were told that they would be moved to the budget Coyote South hotel. Some crew members baulked at staying there.

“We packed our gear and left that morning,” the crew member said of Thursday’s walkout.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

'It's a disaster what's happened': Trump slams Biden's approach to Covid pandemic, his proposed plan to pay illegal immigrants $450,000, the southern border crisis, inflation and more while still plugging Covid jab he was 'very proud' to get

Donald Trump slammed the Biden administration over its mandates, while he still plugged the vaccine his administration developed in 'nine months'  In the interview on FOX Business, he also slammed Biden over inflation and high energy costs Trump said the 'word' supply chain never existed during his presidency He criticized Biden's proposed plan to pay illegal immigrants while Americans still 'live on the streets of San Francisco and New York' Read more »

Video: Barbra Streisand, Hugh Jackman, Idina Menzel, and Jake Gyllenhaal lead stars in paying tribute to Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim after he passed away at 91

Read more »

NYC teen stabbed in face after being jumped by three attackers

The 14-year-old was taken to a local hospital in stable condition following the attack in Elmhurst Friday evening. Christopher Sadowski A teenage boy was stabbed in the face during an ... Read more »

Fans erect memorial outside Stephen Sondheim Theatre after death of Broadway legend

A memorial to legendary composer Stephen Sondheim outside his namesake Broadway theater just hours after his death on Nov. 26, 2021. AFP via Getty Images Fans mourning the loss of ... Read more »

Amapiano Or Ed Sheeran On His Wedding?

People are continually dancing to the fantastic Amapiano tunes that have recently taken over the South African music industry. The Amapiano hits are perfect for every occasion, whether you’re at ... Read more »

Wanna One members are reunited!

Photo: Kim Jae Hwan/IG Wanna One are reunited and it feels so good! Ten out of eleven members of the South Korean boy band posed for a group photo posted ... Read more »

Sikat na Kapuso actress, napiling maging hurado sa Miss Universe 2021

© Provided by PEP.ph Ngayong Sabado, November 27, ang alis ni Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez patungo sa Eilat, Israel para sa grand coronation ng 70th Miss Universe ... Read more »

Gogglebox cast react to Boris Johnson's 'toe curling' Peppa Pig CBI speech

The cast of Gogglebox were left open mouthed and horrified as they watched Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliver his now infamous speech to the Confederation of British Industry on Tuesday ... Read more »

Storm Arwen - latest: Red warning expires even as 80,000 homes still without power

LIVE – Updated at 04:10 © PA PRI179974004.jpg The Met Office said on Saturday that the rare red warning for Storm Arwen has now expired, but added that the amber ... Read more »

Caravan couple on wild camping: 'The locals aren't the biggest fans'

© TRAVEL BEANS/GETTY Emma from Travel Beans and a wild camping tent Travel experts, Emma and Alex, behind blog Travel Beans spoke to Express.co.uk about wild camping. The couple posts ... Read more »

Trooper's killer denied parole

Nov. 26—The killer of Oregon State Police Sgt. James D. Shepherd will spend at least four more years in prison. Last week, Michael Edward Sture, who gunned down the state ... Read more »

Hammond fisherman gets new trial in sex abuse case

Nov. 26—A Hammond fisherman sentenced in 2019 to more than 13 years in prison for sex crimes will get a new trial. A judge in Marion County, where Dennis Lee ... Read more »

D-Street feels the strain; indices tumble 3%

Mumbai: India’s stock indices tanked 3% on Friday, tracking the slump in Asian markets as the detection of a new coronavirus strain sparked worry that it will scuttle global economic ... Read more »

One in three of Nifty 500 stocks in bear territory

Mumbai: The recent sell-off in the market has pushed more than one-third of the stocks on the broader NSE 500 index below their 200-day moving averages (DMA) — a technical ... Read more »

Omicron: Heavy Mutations Don't Always Make a Virus Deadlier But Need High Vigilance, Says ICMR Scientist

© Provided by News18 Omicron: Heavy Mutations Don’t Always Make a Virus Deadlier But Need High Vigilance, Says ICMR Scientist Virus with “heavy mutations” doesn’t necessarily mean that it will ... Read more »

PM Modi to chair crucial meet on COVID-19 situation in India today amid concerns over Omicron variant

© Provided by Jagran English New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level meet with top officials of the government over the COVID-19 situation ... Read more »

TNUSRB Result 2020 for Police Constable & others declared, direct link here

Tamil Nadu Uniformed Service Recruitment Board has declared TNUSRB Result 2020 for Police Constable & others. The result has been declared for Police Constable, Jail Warders and Firemen posts. Candidates ... Read more »

After SC rap on Covid ex gratia, 2 Vadodara hospitals start issuing MCCD documents

© Provided by The Indian Express Days after the Supreme Court slammed the Gujarat government over awarding ex gratia compensation to kin of those who died of Covid-19, the two ... Read more »

Steve Cooper has perfectly summed up West Brom's problem & there's no clear solution

It was a case of same old, same old for West Brom as their unbeaten home record remained in tact against Nottingham Forest, but they yet again failed to find ... Read more »

Ralf Rangnick has already made his feelings clear on Paul Pogba at Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick is on the verge of becoming the Manchester United interim manager and his previous comments on Paul Pogba don’t bode particularly well for the midfielder. The German, who ... Read more »

‘A tragedy': tributes to Ava White after Liverpool Christmas lights killing

The news of 12-year-old Ava White’s death spread slowly across Liverpool on Friday morning. Christmas shoppers, unaware of her killing, came into the city centre to be greeted by police ... Read more »

From Harlem to Money Heist: the seven best shows to stream this week

A tribe of unbreakable New Yorkers are looking for love and adventure, and the final season of Netflix’s hit Spanish thriller about a gang of bank robbers kicks off Pick ... Read more »

Jeremy Clarkson says he nearly lost his leg in farm accident

Jeremy Clarkson has said he narrowly escaped losing his leg in an accident on his farm. The TV presenter stars in Clarkson’s Farm, which sees him grow crops and look ... Read more »

Gun violence sends Black Friday shoppers scurrying in North Carolina, Washington state

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) – Gun violence erupted at retail outlets crowded with post-Thanksgiving holiday shoppers in North Carolina and Washington state on Friday, sending bystanders at both locations scurrying ... Read more »

10 Things You Need to Know About "Squid Game" Star Wi Ha Joon

© Provided by Preview.ph Korean Actor Wi Ha Joon made huge waves upon the global success of his Netflix series Squid Game, where he portrayed the role of a police ... Read more »

Mayor Joy Belmonte Fined P500 in QC for Biking Without Helmet

© Provided by reportr.world Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Thursday she was fined P500 for not wearing a helmet while riding a bike during an event inher own constituency. ... Read more »

Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies, make arrests

© Reuters/STRINGER FILE PHOTO: Protests turn violent in Solomon Islands MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Solomon Islands police have found three bodies in a burned-out building, Australian media said on Saturday, as ... Read more »

Health dept. to determine alert level classifications in all areas

© Provided by BusinessWorld The Philippines’ coronavirus task force has tasked health authorities to determine the COVID-19 alert level classifications of all areas in the country, according to the presidential ... Read more »

Umno enggan GRS didaftar?

© Provided by Free Malaysia Today Apabila GRS menjadi rasmi, semua parti mesti patuh kepada arahan pengerusi gabungan, menurut penganalisis. (Gambar Bernama) KOTA KINABALU: Penganalisis menjangkakan lebih banyak parti komponen ... Read more »

David Moyes gives verdict on Man Utd's decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick

© Provided by Metro David Moyes says incoming Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is highly regarded in Europe (Getty) David Moyes believes Manchester United are getting one of Europe’s most ... Read more »

Bigg Boss 15 Day 55 Written Update: Rakhi's husband Ritesh kisses her on cheek, reveals how they met

With each day passing, the Bigg Boss 15 show is becoming more interesting and exciting. In the latest episode, the wild card entries were seen showing their power and stealing ... Read more »

Booking Auto via Ola-Uber? Get ready to pay 5% GST

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: If you use Ola or Uber frequently, expect to pay more for the services you use. From January 1, 2022, the government has ... Read more »

WHO Names New Variant 'Omicron': What We Know So Far, the Recommendations, Where India Stands

© Provided by News18 WHO Names New Variant ‘Omicron’: What We Know So Far, the Recommendations, Where India Stands Nearly two years into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday ... Read more »

Have you heard? The date is fixed for Katrina Kaif

© Provided by Mid-Day After Sooryavanshi, Katrina Kaif’s next, Phone Bhoot, will hit screens on July 15, 2022, a day ahead of her birthday. On Friday, the makers announced the ... Read more »

BSNL lifetime prepaid plans discontinued, know what happens now

BSNL has some sad news for its lifetime subscribers. The state owned telecom operator has now discontinued all of its lifetime prepaid plans across the country. The company does not ... Read more »

Can weight loss lead to hair loss? Come, gain some insight

Are you struggling to maintain strong, healthy looking hair? If yes, there are various reasons due to which you may experience hair loss. You may be surprised to know that ... Read more »

PM Modi to hold key meet on Covid-19, vaccination status today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair an important meeting on the Covid-19 situation and vaccination status in India at 10.30 am on Saturday. (Photo: File) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ... Read more »

IND vs NZ 2021 Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Day 3: India Target Early Wickets, New Zealand Aim to Build on Century Stand

© Provided by News18 IND vs NZ 2021 Live Cricket Score, 1st Test, Day 3: India Target Early Wickets, New Zealand Aim to Build on Century Stand India vs New ... Read more »

Truecaller Makes It Easy to Record Calls: How To Record Voice Calls Using Truecaller On Android Phones

© Provided by News18 Truecaller Makes It Easy to Record Calls: How To Record Voice Calls Using Truecaller On Android Phones Popular called ID app Truecaller earlier this week rolled ... Read more »

Star Health IPO, Tega Industries IPO Open Next Week. Things to Know Before You Apply

© Provided by News18 Star Health IPO, Tega Industries IPO Open Next Week. Things to Know Before You Apply Upcoming IPOs in India: After a successful run over the month ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic