Alec Baldwin ,, who according to authorities fired a “prop gun” at the New Mexico set of “Rust”, on Thursday. This led to the deaths of two cinematographers and wounding the director. He is well-known for his decades-long, highly successful acting career.
But the two shooting victims – cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, who died in an Albuquerque hospital, and director Joel Souza, 48, who was treated then reportedly released from a Santa Fe hospital, are not nearly as widely known. Below is information on them.
Halyna Hutchins, according to her website, was a Los Angeles-based cinematographer who was born in Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. Her childhood was described as “surrounded by nuclear submarines and reindeer.” “
She received a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University in Ukraine and later worked on documentary productions in Britain.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, died in an Albuquerque hospital after Thursday’s shooting incident, while director Joel Souza, 48, was being treated in a Santa Fe hospital.
Before joining the crew of “Rust,” Hutchins worked on film productions such as “Blindfire,” a police drama, and “Darlin’,” a horror film, according to her website.
She graduated from the American Film Institute’s conservatory in 2015 and was named a Rising Star of 2019 by American Cinematographer, her website says.
Hutchins was also a cinematographer for the 21st Century Fox DP Lab in 2018.
As word of Hutchins’ passing spread, social media users began to pay tributes.
” “An untimely end to a life,” one person wrote. It’s unbelievable that this happened again. “
“Halyna HUTCHINS last two posts revealed how excited she was about working on the Alec Baldwin western,” another user commented. “And then it ends up in tragedy. It’s so sad. #RIP”
James Gunn, director of “Suicide Squad” and other films, also posted on Twitter.
“My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. He wrote that he prayed this would never happen. My heart is with all those who have been affected by today’s tragedy on Rust. “
Joel Souza is based in the San Francisco area. His previous works have included 2019’s “Crown Vic,” a police drama that, like “Rust,” also featured Alec Baldwin as a producer.
According to the film site IMDb, “Crown Vic” marked Souza’s debut as a director of feature films.
He also worked on the comedy “Christmas Trade,” according to Reuters.
The director has a wife and two children, according to the website.
Initial reports stated that Souza suffered a serious injury during Thursday’s shooting. However, Frances Fisher (star of “Rust”) tweeted early Friday morning that Souza was released from hospital. The incident was also denied by Fisher.