A cinematographer who had less than a month to live died on the set of an independent film in Toronto last night. The man, 59-year-old Colin Andersen, was shot by a prop gun he used during filming for his final project.
The Toronto Police Service is investigating the death as accidental but there are concerns about whether proper safety measures were taken.,
In 2016 and 2017 there have been two other fatal accidents resulting from actors accidentally firing real guns in films.
The cameraman for the indie western Rust was killed in a tragic accident on filming. “A prop pistol was fired by Alec Baldwin,” the actor and producer of Rust, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, and as a consequence “two persons were shot on the set”: cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza. Both were flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital by helicopter. Souza has already been treated and discharged, according to one of the other performers in the film. Hutchins died as a result of her injuries. She was just 42 years old at the time.
“The inquiry remains ongoing and continuing,” the statement says. This event has not resulted in any charges being filed. Detectives are continuing to question witnesses.” “Baldwin was questioned by investigators and released,” a source told Deadline.
There have been no more information regarding how the event transpired thus far. Rust portrays Baldwin as an outlaw “whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of an unintentional murder,” according to Variety. Rust seeks to free his grandson from jail, and the two bond while being followed by a US Marshal (Jensen Ackles). The film was filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, which has previously hosted projects such as The Man From Laramie, 3:10 to Yuma, Lonesome Dove, Silverado, and Cowboys and Aliens.
Although the circumstances behind the Rust shooting are unclear at this time, it is not the first time someone has died on a movie set as a result of a firearms mishap. The most prominent past occurrence may be actor Brandon Lee’s death on the set of The Crow in 1994. In that case, false cartridges were inserted into a pretend pistol. One false cartridge became caught in the barrel during the shooting of one scene. Later, the same rifle was reloaded with blanks and fired, causing the fake round to fly out of the barrel and strike Lee in the torso. He died as a result of his injuries later. The incident was eventually determined to be an accident.
Halyna Hutchins was a rising star in the film industry, having been awarded a “Rising Star of Cinematography” by American Cinematographer in 2019. She traveled from Ukraine to Los Angeles to study at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where she was trained as a journalist. Since then, she’s worked as a director of photography on a number of short films as well as feature films including Archenemy. During this difficult moment, our thoughts are with her friends and family.
“There are no words to communicate my horror and anguish over the horrific tragedy that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother, and much loved colleague of ours,” Alec Baldwin said on Twitter. I’m completely working with the police inquiry into how this tragedy transpired, and I’ve reached out to her husband to express my condolences and give my support to him and his family. “My heart breaks for Halyna’s husband, their kid, and everyone who knew and loved her.”
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Who got killed on the set of Rust?
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A: Halyna Hutchins died at the age of 18 due to complications from lupus.