Halyna Hutchins: Cinematographer planned to strike over dangerous working conditions

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A few days before his death, the cinematographer who was shot and killed on a film set in New Mexico was planning to go on strike over poor working conditions.

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Authorities say Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his new film Rust, killing 42-year-old cinematographer Halyana Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

Ms Hutchins posted a photo on her Instagram account with the film’s cast and crew, including Mr Baldwin, to show her support for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees labor union on Tuesday.


“Standing in #Solidarity with us @IATSE Crew at RUST in New Mexico,” the post said, tagging Mr Baldwin’s Instagram account.

Union, which represents the Hollywood crew and cast including cinematographers, editors and hairstylists, held a big last-minute walkout with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) on Saturday.

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The union announced a new three-year contract that addresses IATSE’s call for better working hours, safer workplace conditions and better benefits.

“Everything was achieved because you, the members, stood up and gave us the power to change the course of these negotiations,” the IATSE leadership wrote in a memorandum to union members on Saturday.

According to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, the shooting took place on the set of a new western at the Bonanza Creek ranch outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. War.

Ms Hutchins was taken by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition, and died soon after.

The crew said Mr Souza, 48, suffered a bullet injury in the shoulder. He was discharged from the hospital on Friday morning.

Filming has been suspended.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation remained “open and active” and so far “no charges have been filed in connection with the incident”.

“Witnesses are being interviewed by spies.”

In a statement to AFP news agency, a spokesman said Mr Baldwin had volunteered to speak to the spies.

Mr Baldwin was seen “upset and in tears” talking on the phone outside the Sheriff’s Office headquarters. Santa Fe New Mexican wrote.

A Baldwin spokesman told the BBC that the incident involved a misfiring of a prop gun with Blank.

He is best known for his roles in the Mission Impossible movie franchise, the TV show 30 Rock, and for his role as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

Mr. Baldwin plays the lead role and is a co-producer of the 19th-century western film.

Ms Hutchins is from Ukraine, and grew up in a military base in the Arctic Circle.

His name is a. Was placed Named a “Rising Star” by American Cinematographer Magazine in 2019, and was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600.

in a statement to DiversityGuild President John Lindley and Executive Director Rebecca Raine said: “We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Helena Hutchins, Director of Photography, called on a production War Died from injuries sustained on set in New Mexico.”

CNBC The report said the strike would have been the first time in the union’s 128-year history that its 60,000 members went on strike en masse.

Members of the union were demanding better working hours and conditions, and stated that the increase in film and television productions over the past 10 years has led to dangerous conditions on the sets, Diversity informed of.

Had it gone ahead, the strike would have paralyzed the production of almost every film and TV series being shot in the United States, Diversity said.


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