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Who was Halyna Hutchins? Tributes to director of photography killed by propeller pistol

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 28: Halyna Hutchins attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception at Café Terigo on January 28, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes / Getty Images for SAGindie)

(CNN) – The film industry has been shocked and in mourning after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set when actor and producer Alec Baldwin discharged a gun.

Hutchins, who was 42, was the cinematographer for Baldwin’s latest film, “Rust,” a western that was shot in New Mexico and starred Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.

According to law enforcement statements provided to CNN, Hutchins was shot at around 1:50 p.m. Thursday local time and was airlifted to hospital but died of her injuries.

Born in Ukraine, Hutchins lived in Los Angeles and graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. She has been credited with her involvement in the production of 49 film, television and video titles during her career, according to IMDB.

She has worked on films including “Archenemy”, starring Joe Manganiello, released last year, and was named Rising Star by American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.

A rising star and a restless dreamer

According to her website, Hutchins was raised at a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle and first studied as a journalist, graduating from Kyiv National University with a degree in international journalism, before working on productions. documentaries across Europe and go to the movies. .

On her Instagram page, she described herself as a “Restless Dreamer.” Addicted to adrenaline. Director of Photography ”and shared photos of the“ Rust ”set.

Her last post on Wednesday showed a video of her riding in New Mexico.

Director James Cullen Bressack commented on his post to say, “I will miss you my friend…. It is devastating. “

Other directors have paid tribute to Hutchins.

‘Archenemy’ director Adam Egypt Mortimer said, “I’m so sad that I lost Halyna. And so furious that it could happen on set. He was a brilliant talent who was absolutely dedicated to the art. and in the movies. ”He said in another tweet that she had” a brilliant mind. “

AFI Conservatory, a film school that is part of the American Film Institute, tweeted Friday: “As is deeply true in the art of cinematography, words alone cannot capture the loss of such a being. Dear to the AFI community, At AFI, we are committed to ensuring that Halyna Hutchins will live on the minds of all who strive to see their dreams come true in well-told stories.

A talented woman in a male dominated industry

Hutchins’ achievements as a director of photography were notable in an industry dominated by men.

Casting director, producer and screenwriter Sidra Smith posted on Instagram that she was “devastated” by the news of Hutchins, with whom she had worked on the mini-series “A Luv Tale”.

“It’s tough here for female filmmakers and it was a HUGE opportunity for her. She was so young and so talented. Halyna and I spent so much time together. She was so beautifully gracious and words cannot express to how much she supported me, “Smith wrote.” God bless her beautiful heart and soul. “

Director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident and taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Baldwin was pictured looking distraught in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after being questioned.

Investigations continue, with many wondering how such a tragedy could have happened on a film set – 28 years after Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, was accidentally killed on set by a gun.

A spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said the Ukrainian Consulate General in San Francisco is cooperating with US law enforcement officials in their investigation and is contacting relatives of Hutchins “to provide the ‘consular and legal assistance required “.

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