Filmmaker David Henry Gerson says Hutchins’ death from a prop gun on the set of ‘Rust’ is ‘a shock to all of us’
A dear friend of the late cinematographer Helena Hutchins, who was killed on the set of “Rust” with a prop gun on Thursday, is remembering the incredible talent she gifted the film industry.
David Henry Gerson is a filmmaker who attended the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, California with Hutchins. Gerson told Granthshala News in an interview Friday that “she was dazzling.”
“She was an incredible artist, totally a creative wonder, completely committed to her craft and just a constant inspiration,” said Gerson, who has produced productions including “Ultra Violet for Sixteen Minutes”, the screenplay “Above Kings” and the short film. has worked on. “American Standard” said.
Gerson recalled a “great pleasure” in collaborating with Hutchins on “a few small projects”.
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“Her enthusiasm for her artistry, her aesthetic imagination and her creative precision were absolutely invigorating,” he said.
Gerson remembers the artist for being “incredibly kind, considerate, kind and giving”.
He described his death as “a terrible shock to all of us”, including his family, with whom he said he was in contact.
“When Halina arrived at a party or set, the world lit up with her energy,” he continued.
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Baldwin, 63, issued a statement on his social media account Friday offering condolences to Hutchins’ family. He called the shooting an accident.
“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins,” he wrote on Twitter.
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“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to find out how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart goes out to her husband, Broken for his son and all those who knew and loved Halina,” the actor concluded.
Hutchins was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Souza who was injured in the collarbone area was taken by ambulance to a medical centre. He was discharged Friday morning from the hospital
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Production on “Rust” has been halted indefinitely following the incident at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. new Mexico.
“The entire cast and crew are completely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Helena’s family and loved ones,” a spokesperson for Rust Movies Productions LLC said in a statement obtained by Deadline.
“We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period and are cooperating fully with Santa Fe Police Department investigation,” the statement continued. “We will provide counseling services to everyone involved with the film as we work to process this horrific incident.”
According to the Internet Movie Database website, the film is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to care for himself and his younger brother after the death of his parents in Kansas in the 1880s. The teen runs away with his long-estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to death for the accidental murder of a local rancher.
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As indicated in the statement, the authorities have started an investigation into the incident.
“Mr. Baldwin was questioned by investigators and released,” said a representative for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, per the outlet. “No arrests or charges have been made.”
He added: “This investigation is open and active. No charges have been filed in relation to this incident. Interviews of witnesses by the detectives are on.”
A news release from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said the deputies were dispatched to the set at around 1:50 p.m. local time, and the call indicated that one person had been shot.