According to eyewitness reports, a few camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions before actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of “Rust” with a prop gun.
Taking the words of three people familiar with the matter, some people were frustrated by the conditions around the film which was low-budget. There were complaints about long hours, long commutes, and waiting for their paychecks. The three who were familiar with the matter stated that they were not authorized to comment.
According to people in the industry, there should be a standardized set of safety protocols, including gun inspections. Several camera operators complained that these protocols were not strictly followed on the “Rust” movie set.
Three production crew members said that they were particularly concerned about two accidental prop gun discharges.
A stunt double for Alec Baldwin accidentally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold” — slang for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks — two crew members who witnessed the episode said.
A crew member, speaking after the crash, said that there were no safety meetings in the days leading up to the accident. The crew member said that they wanted to do things quickly.
A co-worker was so alarmed by the prop gun malfunctions that he texted the unit production manager. “We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by The Times.
“We can confirm that there were no safety complaints during filming,” said Rust Productions in a statement. “However, we will be reviewing our safety procedures and offering mental health services to the cast and crew.”
The tragedy occurred when a scene in the movie called for a man to back out of a church, which was part of a Western town set built in a ranch. It occurred on the twelfth day of a 21-day shoot.
Unfortunately, the prop gun fired by Baldwin accidentally killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The film crew had taken the necessary safety precautions and was prepared to shoot the scene. The crew members were giving their undivided attention to their tasks.
The director told the actors to get into their positions, and everyone else was filling up the video village behind the camera.
Instead of using a teleprompter, The person operating the camera on the dolly was checking out the potential shots, while Hutchins was looking at the monitor from over the operator’s shoulder.
Baldwin pulled out his gun once without any harm coming to anyone. The second time he did so. However, bullets immediately started flying through the air. One of the bullets went straight toward the camera operator but somehow managed to fly past them.
Hutchins fell to the ground as the shot was fired, then crew members attempted to stop her bleeding.
Baldwin was given a gun by an assistant director who didn’t know the prop gun was loaded with live rounds.
The person responsible for ensuring the guns in the movie were authentic, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, could not be reached for comment.
The 24-year-old is Thell Reed’s daughter, and she had recently finished her last film.