Halyna Hutchins: Who was the cinematographer shot in an accident involving Alec Baldwin?


Hutchins, who was 42, was the cinematographer for Baldwin’s latest film, “Rust,” a western that was shot in New Mexico and starred Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.

According to law enforcement statements provided to CNN, Hutchins was shot dead at around 1:50 p.m. local time on Thursday and airlifted to hospital, but died of her injuries.

In a tweet Friday, Baldwin said he was heartbroken and was cooperating fully with police over the tragic accident.

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague,” said Baldwin. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Her husband, Michael Hutchins, told Insider that he appreciates the sympathy he has received.

“I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation,” he told the online news site. “I think we’ll need a little time before we can really sum up his life in a way that’s easy to communicate.”

Hutchins said he would not comment on the facts of his wife’s death.

She was named a rising star two years ago

Born in Ukraine, Halyna Hutchins lived in Los Angeles and graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. She has been credited with her involvement in the production of 49 film, television and video titles during her career, according to IMDB.

She has worked on films including “Archenemy”, starring Joe Manganiello, released last year, and was named Rising Star by American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.

According to her website, Hutchins was raised at a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle and first studied as a journalist, graduating from Kyiv National University with a degree in international journalism, before working on productions. documentaries across Europe and go to the movies. .

On her Instagram page, she described herself as a “Restless dreamer. Adrenaline junkie. Filmmaker” and shared photos from the set of “Rust”.

Her last post on Wednesday showed a video of her riding in New Mexico.

Director James Cullen Bressack commented on his post to say: “I will miss you my friend … this is devastating.”

Other directors have paid tribute to Hutchins.

‘Archenemy’ director Adam Egypt Mortimer said, “I’m so sad that I lost Halyna. And so furious that it could happen on set. He was a brilliant talent who was absolutely dedicated to the art. and in the cinema. ” He said in another tweet that she had “a brilliant mind”.

AFI Conservatory, a film school that is part of the American Film Institute, tweeted Friday: “As is deeply true in the art of cinematography, words alone cannot account for the loss of a being so dear to the AFI community. At AFI, we are committed to seeing that Halyna Hutchins will live on in the minds of all who strive to see their dreams come true in well-told stories. “

A talented woman in a male dominated industry

Hutchins’ achievements as a director of photography were remarkable in an industry dominated by men.

Casting Director, Producer and Screenwriter Sidra Smith posted on Instagram she was “devastated” by the news about Hutchins, with whom she worked on the television miniseries “A Luv Tale”.

“It’s tough here for female filmmakers and it was a HUGE opportunity for her. She was so young and so talented. Halyna and I spent so much time together. She was so wonderfully gracious and words cannot express to how much she supported me, “Smith wrote. “God bless her beautiful heart and her soul.”

Santa Fe County Sheriff's officers respond to the scene of the fatal accidental shooting Thursday.

Director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident and taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Baldwin was pictured looking distraught in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after being questioned.

Investigations continue, with many wondering how such a tragedy could have happened on a film set – 28 years after Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, was accidentally killed on set by a gun.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said the Ukrainian Consulate General in San Francisco is cooperating with US law enforcement officials in their investigation and is contacting relatives of Hutchins “to provide the ‘consular and legal assistance required “.

CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez and Katharina Krebs contributed to this report.


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