Director injured in Alec Baldwin gun crash that killed director of photography says he’s ‘gutted’ – .

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Director injured in Alec Baldwin gun crash that killed director of photography says he’s ‘gutted’ – .


Director Joel Souza is seen in this undated photo obtained by Reuters on October 22, 2021.PHILLIP CARUSO/Reuters

The director who was shot and injured in an accident on set involving actor Alec Baldwin said on Saturday he was “gutted” by the death of the cinematographer.

Joel Souza, who was shot in the shoulder when Baldwin unloaded a propeller pistol containing live ammunition, broke his silence as the investigation entered its third day, with several questions remaining as to how the error has occurred.

“I am deeply moved by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. She was kind, dynamic, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be better, ”Souza said in a statement.

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The shot hit cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. She died of her injuries and Souza, who was behind her, was injured but was released from the hospital. later.

Souza did not give details of the accident or his injuries, but said he was “humbled and grateful for the outpouring of affection we have received from our film community, the people of Santa Fe and the people of Santa Fe. hundreds of foreigners who contacted us ”.

A Santa Fe judge on Friday approved a warrant for the sheriff’s office to seize guns, clothing, cameras, videotapes and ammunition from the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Santa Fe, where Baldwin was shooting the movie Western on a low budget. Rouiller.

Security guards were posted on the road leading to the ranch on Saturday.

According to an affidavit filed by a sheriff’s office detective, Baldwin was given what he believed to be a safe or “cold” propeller pistol during a rehearsal Thursday, but it contained live ammunition when fired.

No charges have been laid in this case.

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun on a film set in New Mexico on October 21, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza, authorities said. Bryan Wood reports.

Reuters

The crew member, or the gunsmith, who handled weapons on the set has been identified by US media as a 24-year-old woman who spoke in a podcast earlier this year about learning of her father’s job veteran but who only recently worked on his first film as a chief gunsmith. The woman could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

The International Cinematographers Guild is planning to hold a candlelight vigil for Hutchins, 42, on Saturday night in Albuquerque, about 40 miles from the ranch. A second vigil was scheduled for Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

“Halyna has inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too significant to be summed up in words. Our loss is huge, ”her husband Matt Hutchins wrote on Twitter.

The American Film Institute has established a scholarship fund for women filmmakers in honor of Hutchins.

Baldwin, 63, best known for his roles in television comedy 30 Rocher and his Saturday Night Live impersonations of former US President Donald Trump, said on Friday he was shocked and heartbroken by Hutchins’ death and was cooperating fully with authorities.

According to several reports and accounts on social networks, some members of the Rouiller had quit work citing safety concerns ahead of Thursday’s shooting.

“We have cited everything from lack of payment for three weeks, to the removal of our hotels despite their demand in our offers, to the lack of Covid security and, on top of that, to poor gun safety! Bad security period on the set! A member of the film crew wrote on a private Facebook page, according to Hollywood publication Deadline.com.

Rust Movie Productions said in a statement Friday that it was investigating the incident.

“While we have not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or accessories on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is down,” the company said.

This content appears as supplied to The Globe by the original wire service. It was not edited by Globe staff.

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