Halyna Hutchins remembered at LA memorial after Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting accident


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Helena Hutchins was fatally shot with a prop gun on Thursday on the set of the western ‘Rust’ near Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Helena Hutchins was remembered as a talented cinematographer whose life was tragically cut short.

A candlelight vigil organized by the International Cinematographers Guild 600 was held at IATSE Local 80’s Burbank headquarters in California on Sunday.


Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said cinematographer and “Rust” director Joel Souza was shot Thursday with a prop gun over a pastoral film set in the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Court records released Friday indicate that an assistant director gave actor Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use. Detectives were investigating.

The sheriff’s department said Hutchins, 42, was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

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Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St Vincent Regional Medical and has since been released.

Production on the film was halted.

Rebecca Raine, National Executive Director of Local 600, opened the event in front of hundreds of guests, Hollywood Reporter shared. According to the outlet, Raine shared that there would be plenty of time for “the who, what, why” but that the vigilante was intended to celebrate the life of “an extraordinary young woman”.

“We all stand together in sadness and disbelief at this time and what we do with it will define us and define this moment,” Raine said.

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Local 600 president John Lindley said he did not know Hutchins, but that his friends, family and colleagues described him as “beloved, respected, talented and loved”.

“She was one of us,” he explained. “She was part of the film family, passionate about work and eager to succeed. I’ve heard a lot about her bright future, but it’s really clear to me that she had a bright present. One of hers Had a husband and a son.”

According to the outlet, Lindley urged attendees not to “let our grief turn into anger,” adding that “no matter what we learn about it, it will never make sense.”

Stephen Lighthill, a director of photography who advised Hutchins at AFI, said industry professionals should address the use of functional guns on set.

Candles are placed in front of a photograph of cinematographer Halina Hutchins during a vigil in her honor at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza on October 23, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Hutchins was murdered on October 21, 2021 at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico while shooting the movie

“What happened on ‘Rust’ should never have happened,” he said. “… there is no room for weapons that can kill on a motion picture set. Rubber guns are now perfectly acceptable and can be made to look as real as they need to be.”

The outlet shared that after the 30-minute event, dozens held candles, dropped bouquets and hugged each other.

Hutchins grew up on a remote Soviet military base. He worked on documentary films in Eastern Europe before studying film in Los Angeles and starting a promising film-making career.

According to her website, she grew up on a Soviet base in the Arctic Circle and was “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in international journalism from Kiev National University in Ukraine, worked on British documentary productions in Eastern Europe, and graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015.

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Halina Hutchins is survived by her husband, Matthew Hutchins, with whom she had a son.

“She had an interesting background, and I think it made for a unique perspective on the world,” said one of her AFI teachers, Bill Dill. “She brought a wealth of experience to the film-making process.”

In a 2019 interview with American Cinematographer, which named him one of the rising stars of the year, he described himself as an “army brat” drawn to films because “there wasn’t much to put out.” ” She herself would document parachuting and cave exploration, among other adventures, and through her work with British filmmakers, “became fascinated by storytelling based on real characters.”

After moving to America, she took up any production-supporting work, exploring fashion photography to learn more about “the aesthetics of light – how you create mood, emotion”. In 2013, he was accepted into a two-year program at the AFI Conservatory. The school’s chair of cinematography recalled his dedication to the craft.

She said, “She was very thoughtful about the decision, and it was not an easy decision. All film schools are expensive and this one was no exception.” “We were so impressed with him. I remember saying to him, ‘You won’t have much time for your family in your first year at AFI.’ And she understood. She was working really hard.”

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Helena Hutchins was remembered as a talented filmmaker.

Prior to “Rust”, his credits included the crime drama “Blindfire” and the horror film “Darlin”, whose director, Pollyanna Mackintosh, posted on Instagram that he was “the most talented, in the trenches, amazing cast and teammate “

Director Adam Egypt Mortimer, who worked with her in the 2020 thriller “Arknemy”, said she had a powerful sense of confidence and an inspiring openness to challenges. He remembered a day on set when one actor had to leave and the rest of the crew had to work around him.

She is survived by her husband, Matthew Hutchins, with whom she had a son.

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