As the days pass, more news has started to emerge about the tragic incident on the set of Oxide in New Mexico, where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured. More details of the Oxide Shooting accidents are coming thick and fast.
These details, as reported in Los Angeles Times, don’t paint a big picture of the set before the incident. Half a dozen camera operators and their assistants left the set in a union-backed move to protest working conditions a few hours before the incident.
Complaints about conditions included excessively long hours, long and unexpected trips, and long paycheck turnarounds. Standard security protocols, including gun inspections, were not strictly followed, newspaper sources say, and at least one of the camera operators reportedly complained last weekend to production managers about the safety of the guns. weapons on set.
Alec Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two rounds last Saturday after being told the gun was “cold” (out of ammunition, including bulbs). There was also an additional misfire the week before. One member of the crew was quite damning:
“There should have been an investigation into what happened. There were no security meetings. There was no guarantee that it would not happen again. All they wanted to do was hurry, hurry, hurry. “
On the morning of the incident on Thursday, it was reported that a non-union team showed up, who was brought in to replace the union team. According to the newspaper, the producers ordered the union members to leave the set and threatened to call security to expel them.
Baldwin himself has issued a statement on Twitter saying:
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, our deeply admired wife, mother and colleague. I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in contact with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, her son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna. “
Local 44 of the International Alliance of Theater Stage Employees (IATSE) union, which represents prop masters, said in a statement that the take was
“… single live bullet accidentally fired on set by lead actor.”
In this context, “live” refers to a weapon that is loaded with some material, including a blank, ready for filming.
An affidavit filed by the Sheriff’s Office says the gun was declared safe by the assistant production director who yelled ‘cold gun’ (making it safe to use) moments before. Whatever came out of the barrel, a live bullet or other debris, fatally struck Hutchins in the chest and struck director Joel Souza on the shoulder. Hutchins is reported to be standing in front of Souza.
The production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC, has issued a statement:
“The safety of our cast and crew is the highest priority for Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company. Although we were not informed of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or accessories on set, we will conduct an internal review of our procedures while production is closed. We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and provide mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time. “
Of course, this will be felt throughout the industry. Even though it is seemingly becoming clear that the protocols and safety regulations were not followed, rather than simply being followed correctly, the Hollywood instinct is already at work. According to The Hollywood Reporter the show directed by Nathan Fillion The noob has banned all shooting from the set, using airsoft pistols and CG muzzle flashes instead.
It is almost certain that a lawsuit of some kind will be brought. The question is where? Many of the team members were from California, but the set is in New Mexico. The producer is Californian. The California code contains a broad provision for criminal negligence or involuntary manslaughter:
FIRST PART OF CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS [25 – 680.4]
(Part 1 promulgated in 1872.)
TITLE 8 OF CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON [187 – 248]
Homicide is the illegal murder of a human being without malice. It is of three types:
(a) Voluntary: by a sudden fight or by the heat of a passion.
(b) Involuntary: in the commission of an illegal act that does not constitute a serious crime; or in the commission of a lawful act that could produce death, illegally or without due caution and circumspection. This subdivision will not apply to acts committed while driving a vehicle.
New Mexico has a similar provision that allows involuntary manslaughter charges for:
“… The commission of a lawful act that could produce death illegally or without due caution and circumspection.”
Baldwin was also the film’s producer and lead actor. This one will run and run. We definitely haven’t heard everything that will eventually come out about the Rust shooting.