The Alec Baldwin film’s assistant director demands industrial reform after fatal footage on the set

The assistant director who gave Alec Baldwin the gun that killed a film photographer says he hopes the tragedy will cause the film industry to “reevaluate its values ​​and practices” to ensure no one gets hurt again.

David Halls issued a statement to the New York Post in which he broke his silence after the fatal shooting on October 21st.

Film photographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured during the production of Rust in New Mexico.

Halls said Hutchins was a friend and one of the most talented people he has worked with.

“I am shocked and saddened by her death,” he said in the statement.

“It is my hope that this tragedy will cause the industry to re-evaluate its values ​​and practices to ensure that no one is harmed through the creative process again.”

Halls gave no details on what he thinks could be reformed, or how changes could have helped avoid what happened on the set of Rust, a western that was filmed near Santa Fe.

Concerns have been raised over Halls’ safety record by colleagues at two previous productions.


Court records reveal that Halls handed the weapon to Baldwin and announced a “cold gun,” indicating that the weapon was safe to use.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said last week that there was “some complacency” in how guns were handled on the set.

Investigators found about 500 cartridges of ammunition – a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and presumed live rounds – though the set’s armor man Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said the live rounds should not have been present.

A police car blocks a road.
The fatal shooting on the set of Rust has seen other U.S. film productions increase security measures.(AP: Santa Fe New Mexican / Luis Sanchez-Saturno)

Through her lawyers, Gutierrez-Reed said she did not know where the live rounds came from, accusing the producers of unsafe working conditions.

Hollywood professionals have become confused about the circumstances of the filming.

This has already led to other production teams tightening safety measures.



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