Rust Gaffer calls out growers who “save a dime” by hiring inexperienced crew
Serge Svetnoy, the gaffer on the set of New Mexico Rust who witnessed the accidental shooting of director of photography Halyna Hutchins, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that her death was “the fault of negligence and unprofessionalism”.
Svetnoy wrote on Sunday that several people were reckless on the set, from the person in charge of checking the propeller pistol to the person who should have announced that there was a loaded gun on site. Svetnoy did not explicitly name RustHannah Gutierrez Reed, a 24-year-old chief gunsmith who oversaw the safety and use of guns on the set, said the “department responsible for weapons” was not run by a professional.
“There’s no way a 24-year-old woman could be a professional with an arsenal; there’s no way her friend more or less the same age from school, neighborhood, Instagram or God knows where else, could be a professional in this field, “said Svetnoy. He also called on producers who” to save sometimes a dime “hire people” who are not fully qualified for the job. complicated and dangerous work, and you risk the lives of other close people and yours too ”.
Hutchins was shot by actor Alec Baldwin during a scene in a church, and a search warrant affidavit from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office indicates that Dave Halls, Rust, handed Baldwin the pistol, one of three offered by Gutierrez Reed. Halls was fired in 2019 from another film, Path to freedom, after a firearm unexpectedly discharges onto the board, one of the film’s producers told NBC News.
“Dave had a lot of remorse for the events and understood the reasons he was being fired,” the producer said. A member of the sound team was injured in the incident.