After the death of Halyna Hutchins, accidentally killed by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust, many voices are raised to ban real weapons on sets. Directors of photography are embarking on this path.
After the accidental death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust, 200 directors of photography pledge to ban live firearms on sets.
Among the 200 signatories to the group’s statement of intent are cinematographers Greig Fraser (Dune), Rachel Morrison (Black Panther), Ed Lachman (Carol), Mandy Walker (Mulan) and Alice Brooks (In the Heights).
Although the collective effort was not undertaken under the aegis of the American Society of Cinematographers, its director, Stephen Lighthill, also signed on.
According to Deadline, this campaign to ban real guns on set is spreading on social networks. The death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has moved the world and brought the gun debate back to the table.
According to technicians, the use of real firearms is totally obsolete when we have an alternative with digital special effects. “We have a duty to change the industry from the inside out”, they said.
Director of photography Dana Gonzalez has set himself up as the movement’s spokesperson, promising that Halyna Hutchins’ death will not be in vain. “Real weapons must be banned from the sets”, he chants on his Instagram account.
Note that Alec Baldwin recently defended his film crew on Instagram. He is supported by costume designer Terese Magpale Davis, who issued a lengthy statement on the social networks.
“I am pissed off by the stories being told, the reports that we were overworked in dangerous and chaotic working conditions are totally false”, she asserted.