Crush, gunshot, beheaded. For as long as cinematography exists, people have been dying on movie sets
We throw into it with very little respect for the body, using props that can be very dangerous, especially when not handled properly, said Michael Massee in 2005. Twelve years earlier, while filming “The Raven”, he had shot Brandon Lee. The events on the set of “Rust” raised painful memories of close actors, stuntmen and members of the film crews who lost their lives as a result of accidents on the film sets. It has been happening for over a hundred years.
According to investigators, the incident took place at 1.50 pm local time, after the assistant director handed Baldwin one of the three weapons prepared by the armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, informing that it was a “cold” weapon, which was usual on a movie set mean it is uncharged. The actor was supposed to play the so-called cross draw, which is a way of retrieving a gun from a holster hanging on the opposite side of the hand the shooter is supposed to grab it. Then he was supposed to direct the barrel towards the camera.
At that time, Joel Souza watched the scene from the director’s position through the camera and on specially placed screens next to it. He later described that at one point he heard what “sounded like a loud shot”. After a while Halyna Hutchins slumped to the ground, holding her stomach, repeating that she “can’t feel her legs.” At first, the director did not realize that blood was also dripping from his shoulder.
Despite the immediate reaction of the medic working on the set, as well as the call of the emergency services, which transported the 42-year-old operator to a hospital 90 kilometers away, she could not be saved. The 46-year-old director was also hospitalized with a wound to his right shoulder. The Santa Fe Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the matter.
Ever since there has been cinematography
The death on the set of “Rust” became a source of discussion on security. Another one, because fatal accidents during filming have been taking place since the very beginning of cinematography.
In 1914, work continued on the silent western “Across the Border”, shot in Canon City, Colorado (USA). During the repetition of one of the last scenes in which actress Grace McHugh is crossing the river on horseback, the animal lost its balance and was dragged into the current. Operator Owen Carter came to help drowning McHugh. He managed to catch the woman and together they ran aground, which turned out to be quicksand. They both died.
Their tragic death is one of the first documented on the set. The film came out, and Carter was posthumously awarded the Carnegie Hero Fund for extraordinary acts of heroism.
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