LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaking and firearms experts say cinematographer Halina Hutchins was shot and killed 14 months ago on a remote New Mexico set in the western “Last” movie set. has probably changed forever. Baldwin and the film’s weapons supervisor are due to be charged with manslaughter later this month.
“The experience of gun safety on set has become more vocal. director Joey Dillon said. “I make it bigger myself.”
Baldwin was pointing a gun with live ammunition inside as Hutchins set up the shot for the next scene. People at some level of production are determined to prevent that from happening again.
This means that there is an increasing use of digital and other technologies that can make shootings of all kinds obsolete. It also means simpler things like yelling when using the same safety protocols to make it clear to everyone when a gun is present and what its status is.
Actors and others are more interested when handed a gun.
“People are a little shy about guns now, so they want to check,” Dillon said. “We stop the whole process just to make them look safe.”
Checking the gun itself may be in the actor’s best interest in and of itself, but the extent to which they hold themselves accountable for doing so is still disputed, and Baldwin’s case could go to trial. If so, it will be a central issue for jurors.
His union and his lawyers say this liability cannot be placed on the performer.
“An actor’s job is not to be a firearms or weapons expert,” the Screen Actors Guild said in a statement Thursday. “
Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, said in a statement that he “relied on the professionals he worked with to get the job done” and assured him there was no live ammunition in the gun.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack Altwith disagrees.
“People with guns are obligated to make sure they’re not loaded or know what’s loaded,” she said in an interview with the Associated Press. We think that’s where his acting responsibilities come into play. “
She also said that Baldwin, who is to be charged as a man with a gun, is at least partially responsible for his role as producer and the lax conditions that led to him having a loaded gun. Please bring the charge responsibly.
Hannah Gutierrez Reid, who directed the movie Firearms, will also be charged with manslaughter, the district attorney said.
Her attorney, Jason Bowles, said in a statement that they had “disclosed the full truth and she will be cleared of any wrongdoing by the jury.”
Technology may take security issues out of the hands of attackers entirely.
The production was already using digital effects to simulate the flashes and bangs of gunshots more often, but Hutchins’ death has arguably accelerated the change.
“There are many bad ways digital can take over, but this is the good way,” said Spencer Parsons, associate professor and executive director of the radio/television/film division at Northwestern University’s School of Communications. I’m here. As a director and other roles on any set. “I’m not saying there aren’t good reasons to use real fireworks, but from a basic safety and speed standpoint, this makes sense.”
When it comes to hardware, companies are creating more and more convincing replicas. This is essentially a hardened BB gun with moving parts that act like a pistol but don’t fire bullets. Muzzle flash and sound are added in post-production.
However, Parsons said, “There aren’t many replicas of some of the antiques” used in westerns and other period films, which he specializes in.
Other solutions that have been sought for sets may be irrelevant and useless.
In the days immediately following the shooting, much media discussion surrounded the dangers of blank bullets in the guns, based on the assumption that one of them killed Hutchins.
“Experience knew more than that, but the industry reaction was to stop using blanks altogether.”
According to Dillon, dummy rounds, prop bullets used in scenes where the characters are loading their guns, look like live bullets and can be confused, so it’s not as bad as what happened in “Rust.” It is more likely that you will make mistakes.
He said he felt “frustrated because we could misrepresent the crew that we were ignorant” and had previously put them at unnecessary risk.
When investigators revealed that it was in fact live ammunition, fear remained of the blank, which was indeed very dangerous at very close range.
Parsons said it was misguided to blame the fact that “Rust” was a low-budget indie production. He said the pace and length of a large studio production allows crews to be placed in positions that make them prone to all sorts of accidents.
“In some cases, we can force people to work longer hours and the need for speed is even greater,” he said. .”
Gutierrez-Reed’s dual role as armorer and assistant props director has also drawn negative attention.
However, Dillon said the overlap between weapons and props is inevitable, and such dual roles occur frequently. need to do it.
“When guns come out, that’s all I’m worried about,” he said.
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