The movie’s director of photography was killed and the director was injured on the set of “Rust,” a Western, a sheriff’s office in New Mexico said.

Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of a Western he was making in New Mexico on Thursday, killing the film’s director of photography and wounding the movie’s director, the authorities said.

The cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed, and the director, Joel Souza, 48, was injured around 1:50 p.m. on the set of “Rust,” said Juan Rios, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation.

Mr. Rios said the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch, in Santa Fe County, happened in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed. He said the sheriff’s office was interviewing people on the set to determine how the two had been shot.

“We’re trying to determine right now how and what type of projectile was used in the firearm,” he said.
Mr. Rios said on Thursday night that the Sheriff’s Office had not filed charges against anyone in connection with the shooting.

Ms. Hutchins was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she later died, Mr. Rios said. Mr. Souza was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. Mr. Souza’s condition was not immediately available.

The film’s producers and a representative for Mr. Baldwin, 63, did not immediately respond to emails or phone calls on Thursday night.

In a statement, the movie’s production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC, said: “The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones. We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/21/us/alec-baldwin-shooting-rust-movie.html

Similar happenings to the movie The Crow back then, with Brandon Lee.

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Perhaps the prop was loaded with a live round, just like in the case of Brandon Lee's death.

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I read someone said even a prop can be dangerous, i have no idea.
I thought since the crow they had a scrict policy on these kind of things.

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Hard to say without knowing what prop gun it was but blank guns definitely are still dangerous and at close range even lethal.
I also don't know the exact rules for Hollywood but where I live there needs to be a weapon master/ armorer on set who handles the weapons and instructs everyone who handles them so that these accidents don't happen.
There is also no need to use real guns or blank guns on set EVER with how easy it is to do realistic gun visual effects nowadays.

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I totally agree with you. Hell they don't even need realistic guns in movies at all. They could be using damn airsoft guns or paintball guns for all I care, everyone knows they aren't watching a documentary.
For sure theses guns should not even have a working firing pin just for smoke an recoil.

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They do have very tight policies and extreme security measures. I wonder what happened.
Prop guns are dangerous like all guns but they are loaded with blanks that do not have projectiles so to speak, only a small amount of powder and wadding. And while i know at least two people died from guns loaded with blanks, they are more dangerous up close than at a distance so either they were framing a very tight shot or the gun was not loaded properly

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Dont point any gun directly at anyone unless you are willing to live with the result.

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While that is a common sentiment, it doesn't exactly apply to professionals acting out a scripted scene.

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Even then, they could point the gun 3+ feet to either side of a person and still look real on the screen

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The gun was loadec with blanks when Lee died. There was however a dummy bulllet stuck in the barrel from a closeup shot that acted as a projectile when the blank was fired. They should never have used the same gun

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I'm just wondering how he managed to hit two people. Was it not a single shot? Because it would be weird if that's the case. Anyway, really a tragedy.

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If they were blocking a scene’ the DP and director would probably have been standing very close to each other, either looking through a viewer for a frame reference or just eyeballing it from the camera point of view.

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If that was a revolver, they're usually firing them really fast in western movies.
Update: scratch that. New reports are saying that the director was standing behind the DP.

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Yep, really sucks. This speaks to the work issues production crews have been dealing with lately. I'm positive that plenty of people on that set were tired, overworked, and under-qualified. Such environments inevitably lead to accidents. The certified weapons propmaster and the actor should be the only two people handling any weapon on set.

It's frustrating to see these type of issues continue to persist. This kind of negligence was happening back in the 80s and 90s (i.e. The Crow).

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Seems you nailed it. Someone from the set spoke to the LA Times and revealed some disturbing details.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-10-22/alec-baldwin-rust-camera-crew-walked-off-set

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This is exactly why production crew unions have been threatening to strike. Producers have been using the pandemic and "streaming" (as opposed to "real" film) as justifications for sub-par working conditions and pay. Truly sucks.

Sounds like the union crew members on this project were actually trying to prevent the worst of the abuse. That is, until the producers simply dismissed the union people, brought in unqualified non-union workers, and indirectly caused the death of an innocent.

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Some reports stated Alec did NOT shoot but the prop gun misfired. It is the armorers job to prep the guns, and Alec was told the gun was cold, ie. no rounds in the gun. Misinformation is rampant. People are jumping to conclusions.

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Alec was the one misinformed too for sure, but eventually he was the one that pulled the trigger, unless the gun went off by itself.
Offcourse he would do never do something reckless or dumb on purpose.

Here on a dutch tv show they talked about how we handle this in our country, some actor put a blank back in the gun "for fun" and to test it out, they found it and he got scolded big time, apparently here we are even much more stricter with it, it's like check, check, triple check or even more.

I was never a Baldwin fan (especially due his behaviour) but you wouldn't want to wish this on anyone, and the guy that shot Brandon Lee lived until his death with guilt over it.

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