Alec Baldwin, who, according to authorities, fired a “prop gun” on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico on Thursday, resulting in the death of a director of photography and the injury of the director. film, is known to millions of people for an extremely successful acting career. that lasted for decades.
But the two victims of the shooting – cinematographer Halnya Hutchins, 42, who died in an Albuquerque hospital, and director Joel Souza, 48, who was treated and then reportedly released from a hospital in Santa Fe, are not as widely known. Here is some information about them.
Halnya Hutchins, according to her website, was a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who was born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She described her childhood as being “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines”.
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She obtained a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University in Ukraine and then worked on documentary productions in Britain.
Prior to joining the team at “Rust,” Hutchins worked on film productions such as “Blindfire,” a crime drama, and “Darlin ‘,” a horror film, according to his website.
She graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015 and was named Rising Star of 2019 by American Cinematographer, her website says.
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Hutchins was also Director of Photography for the 21st Century Fox DP Lab in 2018.
As news of Hutchins’ death spread, fans began posting tributes on social media.
“A life has ended far too soon,” wrote one fan. “I can’t believe this has happened yet.”
“Halnya Hutchins the last two posts showed how excited she was to work on this Alec Baldwin western,” wrote another Twitter user, “and then it ends in tragedy. So sad. #RIP”
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James Gunn, director of “Suicide Squad” and other films, also posted on Twitter.
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“My biggest fear is that someone will be fatally injured on one of my sets. I pray that never happens,” he wrote. “My heart goes out to everyone affected by today’s tragedy in Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins and her family.”
Joel Souza is based in the San Francisco area. His previous works included “Crown Vic,” a crime drama that, like “Rust,” also starred Alec Baldwin as a producer.
According to the movie site IMDb, “Crown Vic” marked Souza’s debut as a feature film director.
He also worked on the comedy “Christmas Trade”, according to Reuters.
The director has a wife and two children, according to the website.
Some initial reports said Souza was seriously injured in Thursday’s shooting, but on Friday morning “Rust” co-star Frances Fisher tweeted that Souza had been released from the hospital. She also disputed some published reports of the incident.
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