Family, friends of ‘Rust’ cameraman Halyna Hutchins are planning a private ceremony


Family members and close friends of “Rust” camerawoman Halyna Hutchins will get together for a private ceremony.

“Halyna was the love of my life and our loss destroyed our family’s dreams,” her husband Matthew Hutchins said in a statement. “We feel the silence of their place, which has disappeared forever, as a suffocating silence in our house.”

Hutchins didn’t say what day the ceremony will take place, but it is expected to take place this weekend. During the ceremony, the ashes of the deceased cameraman will be buried in an undisclosed location.

“Our love and admiration for them grows as we tell their stories, and we hope that their work can inspire filmmakers and storytellers around the world,” said Hutchins. “We thank the many generous supporters who have been so considerate in our lost time.”

Halyna Hutchins, 42, the camerawoman for Rust, was shot dead by a prop gun fired by producer and actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the film in October. Director Joel Souza was wounded and is recovering.

According to a search warrant, Baldwin did not know that the prop gun he fired contained live ammunition, and neither did the assistant director who presented it.

Prior to filming, assistant director Dave Hall yelled “Cold Gun” to indicate that the prop gun did not have any sharp shots, according to an affidavit filed in New Mexico where the film was shot.

The tombstone for Halyna Hutchins.Matt Hutchins

Sources familiar with the situation said the prop gun previously misfired on the set. A prop master who previously worked with Halls claimed he allowed unsafe working conditions in previous productions.

Halls did not publicly comment on the allegations, and Rust Movie Productions said there were no official complaints about the safety of any guns or props on set.

No charges have been filed and the investigation into the shootings is ongoing.

Hutchins is originally from Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She worked as an investigative reporter in Europe before moving to Los Angeles to make films, she says website.

She graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015 and was selected as one of the 2019 American Cinematographer’s rising stars, the website says.


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