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Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer Alec Baldwin accidentally killed, had a promising future ahead of her


He grew up on a Soviet base in the Arctic before emigrating to Hollywood in pursuit of his dreams. "He was showing people what he could do," says one filmmaker. The cinematographers union assures that the details of the accident "are not clear" yet.

Halyna Hutchins, 42, died Thursday of an accidental shooting by actor Alec Baldwin with a prop gun while filming the movie


in New Mexico.

She was a cinematographer little known to the general public but with a promising future in Hollywood and a lot of talent, according to her colleagues.

His works include

independent films

, such as




(2020) and

The Mad Hatter


Hutchins agents highlighted her "immense talent" in an email sent to NBC News: "Everyone in her orbit knew what was coming: a star cinematographer."

Filmmaker Adam Egypt Mortimer, who directed


, praised his potential and said it augured a bright future for him in Hollywood.

[What are prop weapons, why are they so dangerous, and what could have gone wrong for Alec Baldwin to fire one fatally]

"I think he was going to be a very famous person," he told the Los Angeles Times.

"After doing


, people would call me saying, 'She did a good job. We're thinking of proposing her for something.' She was building a reputation.

She was showing people what she could do,

" he explained.

Hutchins was born in 1979 in Ukraine and

grew up on a Soviet Union base in the Arctic

, according to various media outlets.

Before moving to Los Angeles in pursuit of his dream of cinema, he worked as an investigative journalist on British documentaries, according to the aforementioned newspaper.

In 2015 she graduated from the American Film Institute and in 2019 was selected as a rising star by the American Cinematographers Association.

Baldwin said he was "heartbroken" for Hutchins' husband and son, to whom he has offered his support in coping with his loss.

The death of the cinematographer brought to mind the death of Bruce Lee's son, Brandon Lee, at the age of 28 during the 1993 filming of

The Raven

after being

hit by a .44 caliber bullet


The weapon was not supposed to fire any projectile, but the autopsy found a bullet lodged near his spine.

"Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all those involved in the



. No one should be killed by a gun on a film set," said Shannon Lee, Bruce's daughter on Twitter. Read. 

The film industry, in shock

The production company in charge of the film, Rust Movie Productions LLC, confirmed that

filming has been suspended indefinitely

and that the entire team is "devastated."

"The entire cast and crew have been absolutely devastated by today's tragedy and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna's family and loved ones," the company said in a statement.

"We will offer

psychological help

to all people related to the film as we work to digest this horrible event," he added.

Santa Fe County authorities respond to the scene of an accidental fatal shooting on a film set in Bonanza Creek Ranch, near Santa Fe, New Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.Luis Sanchez-Saturno / AP

The cinematographers union, to which Hutchins belonged, said the details of the accident "were not clear" yet.

"But we are working to find out more and we

support a full investigation

of this tragic event. It is a terrible loss and we regret the death of a family member of our union," he said.

Actor Joe Manganiello said he felt lucky to have been able to work with Hutchins on



I can't believe this can happen these days. Can a prop pistol shoot kill a team member?" He asked on Twitter. 

Filming for


was scheduled until early November

, according to a statement from the New Mexico film office, which in October reported that the film's team consisted of 22 actors, 75 technicians and more than 230 extras.

During the days of filming

Rust he

shared several photographs on Instagram, one of them with a letter that said: "One of the best parts of recording


is having mornings like this."

Source: telemundo

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