Hutchins, then 42, was director of photography for Baldwin’s latest film, “Rust,” a western that was being filmed in New Mexico and featured Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.
Baldwin said in a tweet on Friday that he was heartbroken and that he was cooperating fully with the police in this tragic 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,” Baldwin said. “My heart breaks for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halina.”
Her husband, Michael Hutchins, told Insider that he appreciated the sympathy she received.
“I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation,” he told the online news website. “I think we’re going to need a little bit of time before we can really communicate his life in a way that’s easy to communicate.”
Hutchins said he would not comment on the facts of his wife’s death.
He was named a rising star two years ago
Born in Ukraine, Halina Hutchins lived in Los Angeles and graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. According to IMDb, he is credited with being involved in the production of 49 film, TV and video titles during his career.
He has starred in films including “Arkenemy” starring Joe Manganiello, which was released last year, and was named a rising star by American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.
According to his website, Hutchins was raised on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle and initially studied as a journalist, graduating with a degree in international journalism from Kiev National University, across Europe. Before working on documentary productions and switching to film .
On her Instagram page, she described herself as a “restless dreamer. Adrenaline junkie. Cinematographer” and shared photos from the “Rust” set.
His last post on Wednesday featured a video of him riding in New Mexico.
Film director James Cullen Bressack commented on her post, saying: “I will miss you my friend… it’s devastating.”
Other directors paid tribute to Hutchins.
“Arkanemy” director Adam Egypt Mortimer said: “I’m so sad about losing Halina. And so furious that this could happen on a set. She was a brilliant talent with a penchant for art and film. was committed.” He said in another tweet that he had “a brilliant mind”.
The AFI Conservatory, a film school that is part of the American Film Institute, tweeted Friday: “As deeply true to the art of cinematography, words alone cannot capture the loss of one so dear to the AFI community. At AFI, we pledge to see Helena Hutchins live in the spirit of all who strive to make their dreams come true in well-told stories.”
A talented woman in a male dominated industry
Hutchins’ achievements as a cinematographer were remarkable in an industry dominated by men.
“It’s hard to have female cinematographers here and it was a huge opportunity for them. She was so young and so talented. Halina and I spent so much time together. She was so pretty kind and words can’t express that How helpful to me,” Smith wrote. “May God rest her beautiful heart and soul.”
Director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident and was taken to the regional medical center at Christus St Vincent’s for care.
Baldwin looked distraught in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after being questioned.
The investigation continues, with many asking how such a tragedy could have happened on the set of the film – 28 years after Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee was accidentally killed on set by a firearm.
A spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Ukraine’s consulate in San Francisco was cooperating with US law enforcement representatives as they were investigating and reaching Hutchins’ relatives “to provide necessary consular and legal assistance”. Were.
Granthshala’s Sandra Gonzalez and Katharina Krebs contributed to this report.
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