Actor and producer of the film, Alec Baldwin, fatally shot Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun and injured Director Joel Souza on the New Mexico set of their film “Rust”, described by a spokesperson from the film as an “accident.” As of now no arrests have been made and an investigation is underway.
Only 42 years old, Hutchins had already made a name for herself through her dedication and skillful craft. From The Hollywood Reporter:
“Born in Ukraine in 1979, Hutchins grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She attended Kyiv National University, and graduated with a degree in international journalism before working for a time on British documentary productions as an investigative journalist.
She later moved to Los Angeles and graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015. In 2018, she was a cinematographer for the 21st Century Fox DP Lab, and a year later she was selected as one of American Cinematographer magazine’s Rising Stars.
With Mortimer, she lensed the indie superhero mystery-thriller film Archenemy, released in 2020 by SpectreVision and Voltage. Starring Joe Manganiello, the film premiered at Beyond Fest 2020 and was in official competition at the Sitges International Film Festival, receiving a nomination for best film.
In a tweet thread from November, Mortimer paid tribute to her technical skills, writing, ‘Halyna Hutchins, ARCHENEMY’s DP, has a brilliant mind for light and texture. Her tastes and sensibility of what is cinematic were a huge asset for executing our style — the grimy but beautiful feeling I referred to as ROMANTIC BRUTALSM.‘
Among other feature films she worked on include Michael Nell’s police drama Blindfire (2020), Cate Devaney’s horror The Mad Hatter (2021), Adriana González-Vega’s To the New Girl (2020) and Pollyanna McIntosh’s horror film Darlin’ (2019). Her short credits include I Am Normal and Sunday’s Child.
On television, she worked on the BET+ original series A Luv Tale: The Series.“
Director Joel Souza is currently hospitalized, his condition currently unknown.