‘Rust’ Production Was Chaotic Prior to Fatal Prop Gun Accident, Producers Launch Internal Safety Review

As the industry grapples with the tragic on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, a picture is emerging of a low-budget film set that was already chaotic before the fatal accident occurred.Several IATSE crew members on the New Mexico set of the Western “Rust,” where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed Thursday by a prop gun shot by Alec Baldwin, reportedly quit the production because they felt producers were not following safety guidelines, according to numerous reports.“Rust” began shooting Oct.

6 at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Sante Fe, and crew members had been observing safety problems for several days.Several crew members walked off the set due to concerns over gun safety procedures, other safety issues and Covid protocols not being followed.

The production had also allegedly refused to pay for hotel rooms in pricey Santa Fe, asking some crew members to stay in Albuquerque instead, a one-hour drive from the ranch.

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