A cinematographer has been killed in a gunfight with actor Alec Baldwin in a movie set in New Mexico, USA. The director of the film was injured.
The tragedy unfolded on the set of the nineteenth-century Western film Rust.
Halina Hutchins, a 42-year-old woman, was working as the film’s director of photography. He was shot while working on the set.
He was rushed to hospital by helicopter but died of his injuries.
On the other hand, 48-year-old director Joel Shuja was shot and taken to the hospital by ambulance from the set of Bananja Creek Ranch.
Police said they are investigating the incident and no charges have been filed against anyone so far.
Mr. A spokesman for Baldwin said the incident happened during a blank shoot with a prop set gun at a movie set.
Mr. Baldwin became widely known for his role as Jack Donahue on NBC TV’s Sitcom Thirty Rock.
He also came into the spotlight because of his role as Donald Trump on the sketch show Saturday Night Live.
A spokesman for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said in a statement to AFP. Baldwin spoke with police detectives.
The spokesman said: “He came to speak voluntarily and left after the interrogation was over.”
Mr. Baldwin is a co-producer of the film and he is playing the title role in the film.
In the film, he plays a robber who has been convicted of killing his 13-year-old grandson.
The eldest of four brothers. Baldwin has starred in numerous TV and film roles since the 1980s.
Meanwhile, according to the personal website of the slain Mrs. Hutchins, she was a resident of Ukraine and grew up in a former Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle.
He studied journalism in Kiev and film in Los Angeles. In 2019, American Cinematographer magazine named him a “rising star.”
He was the Director of Photography for the 2020 action film Arcanemy, directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer.
In this case, Mr. Mortimer said in one of his tweets that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of Halina.”
The International Cinematographers Guild said in a statement that the news of Mrs. Hutchins’ death had moved us deeply and that her death was a “terrible loss.”
Guild president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Raine said: “The whole incident is unclear at the moment, but we are working to find out more and we will continue to provide all possible assistance in the investigation of this tragic incident.”
The Bananza Creek Ranch in New Mexico is a very popular shooting location for Western filming.
At around 1:50 a.m. local time on Thursday, police received an emergency message that a shooting had taken place on a set of rust photos.
Police later said that after receiving the news, the sheriff deployed his subordinates on the photo set.
Such fatal shootings on a photo set are extremely rare, but have happened before.
In many cases, real firearms are used in photo shoots.
But those guns are loaded with empty cartridges instead of real bullets.
In this way, when the cartridges are fired, flash and sound like real bullets come out.
Brandon Leo, the 28-year-old son of the late martial arts star Bruce Lee, was similarly shot dead by a prop gun in 1993.
He died on the set after being accidentally shot by a prop gun while filming a death scene in The Crow.
The investigation later revealed that a round had been fired earlier with the used gun, leaving a cartridge stuck in the barrel.
Later, when empty shots are fired, the stuck cartridge comes out from inside.
On Thursday, Shannon, Brandon Lee’s sister, tweeted: “Our condolences to the family of Halina Hutchins, Joel Souza and all the victims of ‘Rust’ in this tragic incident. Go now marketbusinessmag