During a Wednesday press conference, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza publicly named three people closely involved in the fatal Rust movie set shooting. There’s the person at the center of the incident, Alec Baldwin, actor and one of the film’s producers who fired the shot that killed the movie’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins. But the sheriff also identified two others who “handled and/or inspected” the firearm that took Hutchins’s life: Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the set’s armorer, and David Halls, the assistant director.
All three have been cooperative, according to the sheriff. On Thursday, while appearing on the Today show, Mendoza clarified that while Baldwin discharged the weapon, Gutierrez-Reed, who oversaw the prop weapons used on the set, and assistant director David Halls “jelas menjadi fokus penyelidikan” as the two, whose statements to investigators were made public Wednesday, handled the gun before Baldwin and told the actor that it was “cold,” or safe, when there was actually live ammunition in it.
Nonetheless, the investigation is still in relatively early stages and no charges have been filed.
Since the Oct. 21 incident, questions have been raised about what went wrong and why the crew failed to take necessary safety precautions. There is also some confusion over who is pada akhirnya bertanggung jawab for ensuring safety on a set. For instance, Baldwin’s “producer” role would appear to give him extra credibility on paper, but there are typically several producers on a film with different duties.
The producers for Rust include Baldwin, Matt DelPiano, Nathan Klingher, Anjul Nigam, Ryan Smith and Ryan Winterstern, according to the film’s halaman IMDb. Producers play a role in the overall vision of a movie, from hiring to scheduling to budgeting. But even someone who bankrolls a movie could receive the credit.
“As soon as I read it, I was gutted,” Kathryn Arnold, an independent film producer and entertainment consultant, tells Yahoo Entertainment. “As a producer, my first thing is to get referrals on a person in any position, but particularly when people’s lives are involved.
“Any Mission: Impossible movie, any Terminator movie, any Marvel movie, there are so many explosions and so many guns and so many shootings and they have such stringent protocols because they have experienced people, those movies go without a hitch,” Arnold says.
“And you have this smaller independent movie — which I’m an independent film producer so I’m supportive of those — but you can’t cut corners in the areas where it’s human safety involved.”
Joe Wallenstein has worked as an assistant director, associate producer, production manager and producer in the film industry.
“Prep is everything,” says Wallenstein, regarding the creation of a movie.
He’s now the director for physical production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a part-time lecturer.
For his incoming students, Wallenstein reads a document he wrote laying out the key players on a set called So Many Titles, So Little Clarity. It leads off with the producer role, saying this person oversees and facilitates all aspects of production.
“He or she is responsible for the preliminary shooting schedule, the day-to-day and the tentative budget. In conjunction with the director, the producer sets locations, participates in casting sessions and hires the crew.”
So Many Titles, So Little Clarity addresses the issues that can occur on a set: “A producer’s most important, and least understood obligation, is the creation of a nurturing, secure environment in which all parties, actors and crew alike can do their best work and fostering positive communication amongst all parties. Final say on safety or budget resides with the producer or producers.”
But not every producer is hands-on. Sometimes a producer is simply a financial backer or an actor given a ceremonial title to attract additional talent and financing and help elevate the profile of a smaller film.
The creative visionary driving a film, the director is in charge of leading everyone on the set, directing the actors and the camera crew through all the scenes. Directors work with the entire team to sign off on set production, camera angles, wardrobes, props, and so on. Directors usually get the most credit, behind the camera, with the success of a film.
“They aren’t necessarily the ultimate authority on a given project,” Loring Weisenberg, an L.A.-based writer and director, writes on the Wrapbook entertainment workforce site. “But they are shepherding it creatively through the entire creative process, meaning they exert great influence over all other film crew positions. As such, you’d find them near the top of any film production hierarchy chart.” note: Soul Hunter Movie