Family, friends of ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins plan private ceremony

Family and close friends of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins will gather for a private ceremony.

“Halyna was the love of my life, and our loss has devastated our family’s dreams,” her husband, Matthew Hutchins, said in a statement. “We feel the silence of his disappearance forever like a suffocating stillness in our home.”

Hutchins did not say what day the ceremony will take place, but it is expected to take place this weekend. During the ceremony, the ashes of the late cinematographer will be buried in an undisclosed location.

“Our love and adoration for her grows as we tell her story, and we hope her work can inspire filmmakers and storytellers around the world,” Hutchins said. “We are grateful to the generous supporters who have been so caring in our time of loss.”

Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography for “Rust,” was shot and killed by a prop pistol fired by producer and actor Alec Baldwin on the film’s set in October. Director Joel Souza was injured and is recovering.

According to a search warrant, Baldwin was unaware that the backup weapon he fired had live ammunition, nor was the deputy director who delivered it.

Before the shooting, Assistant Principal Dave Halls yelled, “Cold gun,” to indicate that the backup firearm had no actual rounds, according to an affidavit filed in New Mexico, where the film was being filmed.

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Sources familiar with the situation previously said that the propeller gun had failed earlier on set. A prop maker who previously worked with Halls claimed it allowed unsafe working conditions in past productions.

Halls has not publicly commented on the claims, and Rust Movie Productions said it was not aware of any official complaints about weapons or prop safety on set.

No charges have been filed and the investigation into the shooting continues.

Hutchins was 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 movies, according to her website.

She graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015 and was selected as one of the American Cinematographer’s Rising Stars of 2019, the site said.

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