Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, was hired to work as a gunsmith on the Alec Baldwin Western, Rouiller. During filming Thursday, Mr Baldwin fired a loaded live ammunition gun which killed Ms Hutchins and injured the director of the film.
The daily beast reported on Saturday that Ms Gutierrez-Reed was also the gunsmith on another film set where a gun accident halted production. While working on Nicholas Cage’s upcoming film The Old Way, the woman allegedly gave an 11-year-old actor a gun without properly inspecting it for safety reasons.
A crew member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, spoke with the publication of Ms Gutierrez-Reed’s work on The Old Way.
“She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it every now and then,” the source said. “There were a few times she would charge the whites and do it in a way that we thought was dangerous. “
According to another source close to the Rouiller production, there were two previous accidental discharges on set before Thursday’s fatal incident.
“They had two negligent dumps on the same set on the same day and still had jobs,” the source said. The daily beast. “They had knocked twice and had a third chance. “
Ms Gutierrez-Reed was interviewed on the Voices of the West podcast while she was working on The Old Way, during which she said she was “nervous” about her skills, but said she ultimately had a good experience.
Although Ms Gutierrez-Reed’s name appears in a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office search warrant related to the crash investigation, members of the team who worked on the set and spoke with the press describe a production that was disrupted in many departments.
Cost-cutting measures and apparently unsatisfactory filming conditions led seven members of the IATSE union crew to leave the set a few hours before the shooting. Non-union workers were recruited to replace them on the day of the incident.
“They did everything they could to save a dime at all costs,” the source said. “They put everyone at risk in one way or another, whether it was hiring less than qualified people to deal with guns or the constant struggle to house people.” appropriately. In all my years doing this, this is one of the worst productions I’ve been on.
Other team members speaking to the point of sale blamed Deputy Manager Dave Halls, noting that he is ultimately responsible for ensuring that guns are properly loaded and safe for use on the tray.
“He’s supposed to be our last line of defense and he’s let us down,” one of the sources said. “This is the last person who is supposed to look at this gun. “
Mr Baldwin, who fired the gun that killed Ms Hutchins, said he was working with police and taking action to support the cinematographer’s family as they mourned his death.