The surprising loss of life of Halyna Hutchins has left the movie business surprised.

The cinematographer died Thursday after Alec Baldwin fired a loaded weapon that was handed to him by an assistant director who mistakenly believed it was protected to make use of on the New Mexico set of “Rust.” She was 42. Director Joel Souza was additionally hit and injured however has since been launched from the hospital.

“[My reaction] was, ‘Wow, somebody messed up,’” prop grasp Lucien Charles instructed Fox News. “When you go to work, you’re not expecting to die that day. It’s just a bad situation.”

The 49-year-old, who is predicated in New York, has been a prop grasp for almost 20 years. Before the coronavirus pandemic, he labored on “FBI: Most Wanted,” a tv sequence government produced by Dick Wolf. He’s presently concerned with a Morgan Freeman movie the place the actor, 84, “does have a gun in it.”

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Filmmaker Halyna Hutchins is survived by her husband, Matthew Hutchins, and their son.

Filmmaker Halyna Hutchins is survived by her husband, Matthew Hutchins, and their son.
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“Props are anything that the actor will have in their hands,” Charles defined. “We’re responsible for preparing all the stuff that they need to tell the story. Whatever’s in the script – vehicles, weapons, newspapers. Even background actors, we’ll give them [props] to tell the story.”

A prop firearm is a free definition that would apply to something from a rubber toy to an actual firearm that may hearth a projectile, The Associated Press described. However, it is thought of an actual gun if it’s used for firing, even with simply blanks. A clean, the outlet famous, is a kind of gun cartridge that accommodates gunpowder however no bullet. Still, it could critically harm or kill somebody shut by, the Actors Equity Association famous.

Charles stated that on his units in New York City, there are strict tips concerned to make sure the security of each forged and crew.

“We have a vendor where we rent guns that are specifically modified to shoot blanks if there’s any firing in the scene,” he defined. “And then once it gets to the set… we have to clear the guns with the police officers so they’re aware of what we have.”

Alec Baldwin (right) was handed the firearm by assistant director Dave Halls (left), who believed there was no ammunition loaded.

Alec Baldwin (proper) was handed the firearm by assistant director Dave Halls (left), who believed there was no ammunition loaded.
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According to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment for New York City, the NYPD Movie and TV Unit have to be requested and assigned to a filming location when a mission has a scene with prop firearms, weapons or actors in police uniforms. It states that each one choices about what’s permitted are made by the Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting “working in close consultation with the NYPD Movie & TV Unit, and other key agencies.”

A rep for the New Mexico Film Office referred Fox News to IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), which didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Local 480, the movie union hub in New Mexico, additionally didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.

Charles additionally famous that security conferences are important for the entire crew.

“We make the announcement about the weapons, how the weapons are going to shoot and what rounds we’re loading … ,” he stated. “Once all of that goes through, we hand the gun to the actor. We make sure they’re aware if it’s either a hot gun, if it’s loaded with blanks, or if it’s a cold gun and it has no bullets in it.”

Candles are placed in front of a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on Oct. 23, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Candles are positioned in entrance of a photograph of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins throughout a vigil in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on Oct. 23, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 
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Charles stated that at any time when there’s a taking pictures scene concerned, the crew has to “stay away from wherever the action is.”

“Usually a camera will be there,” he stated. “We’ll give them shade shields [and] ear protection, depending on how loud the load is. I do a safety check every time before I hand a gun to an actor. If you do enough safety checks along the way, nothing should happen. But obviously, the gun on Alec Baldwin’s set was not checked. Because if it was, they would have seen the bullet in there. Because a blank and a bullet look like two different types of ammo. With a bullet, you know. You have the bullet at the end of the casing. But on a blank, the front is crimped.”

“They would have been able to tell the difference if they had done a proper safety check,” he added.

Charles stated he’s by no means been afraid or anxious that one thing might go incorrect on any set he’s engaged on as a result of there are all the time a number of security checks concerned earlier than a prop gun is used.

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Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Halyna Hutchins at IATSE West Coast Office on Oct. 24, 2021, in Burbank, California.

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Halyna Hutchins at IATSE West Coast Office on Oct. 24, 2021, in Burbank, California.
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“I know what I’m handing [the actor],” he stated. “Plus, you can’t really load a real bullet into a prop gun that’s been modified. The casings for the blanks are a little thinner, a little smaller, and they modify the barrel. So a real bullet can’t be put in it.”

Charles additionally identified that when it got here to tasks he’s been concerned with like “The Blacklist” and “FBI: Most Wanted,” the actors grew to become well-educated with the props they have been utilizing – and what can happen in the event that they’re not cautious.

“They did send the actors to weapons specialists for theatrical gun training – how to hold a gun,” he stated. “Because a lot of them, they don’t know how to hold a gun and never shot a gun before. So they get… the same class that union members take with the vendor weapon specialists.”

The weapons grasp is required to be on set at any time when a weapon is getting used. The Actors’ Equity Association’s tips state that “Before each use, make sure the gun has been test-fired off stage and then ask to test fire it yourself. Watch the prop master check the cylinders and barrel to be sure no foreign object or dummy bullet has become lodged inside.” Further, “All loading of firearms must be done by the property master, armorer or experienced persons working under their direct supervision.”

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The investigation surrounding the "Rust" set that resulted in the death of Halyna Hutchins is still ongoing.

The investigation surrounding the “Rust” set that resulted within the loss of life of Halyna Hutchins remains to be ongoing.
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The particular circumstances of the “Rust” taking pictures are nonetheless being investigated.

“[I hope] people become more aware of doing safety checks and having stricter guidelines on set,” he stated. “And hire a professional with the experience and the credentials to handle the job.” 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.