Alec Baldwin shooting victim Halyna Hutchins would be ‘angry’ about her death, pal says: ‘Safety mattered’
Hutchins, 42, was shot and killed by a gun used by Alec Baldwin on the ‘Rust’ set in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Oct. 21
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins would be shocked and “angry” about her death occurring on a movie set of all places, her friend and fellow filmmaker tells Fox News in an interview.
Jupiter Makins, a writer and director of narrative film in Toronto, Canada, met the late cinematographer through a mutual friend in Los Angeles years ago. “She and I became fast friends and we’d go to Sundance [Film Festival] together each year,” Makins said.
Hutchins, who was the 42-year-old victim of the Alec Baldwin shooting that took place on the “Rust” movie set in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Oct. 21, will be remembered by her friend as “an easygoing, fun-loving person who laughed easily.”
Hutchins’ selfless spirit makes her death all the more painful, Makins said. The Toronto director said Hutchins was a consummate professional on set, not just when it came to camera work but when it came to the importance of safety too.
“She would be angry about it, for sure,” Makins said of Hutchins had she known her death would be the result of apparent “negligence.”
“She would be questioning the protocols. She was not ever afraid of violence on set. She was a trooper. She would go and get things done. But she’s also protective of her crew. If she needed to go to bat for her crew she would go to bat for her crew. She was a fair and honorable person and did things diplomatically,” Makins said.
Makins and Hutchins worked on a short film titled “Fallen” together. Makins was just waiting on Hutchins to be available to add the finishing touches – color correcting – to it. Makins said the movie they worked on did not involve any guns on set. However, working side-by-side with Hutchins, Makins realized, “Safety 100% mattered to her.”
Jupiter Makins and Halyna Hutchins. The late cinematographer’s friend said this was her ‘favorite picture. ‘I caught her in my sunglasses. I didn’t even notice but her keen eye did
And Hutchins’ career in film photography was only getting started. The rising cinematographer had multiple projects to choose from when accepted the gig on “Rust,” directed by Joel Souza, who was also injured in last Thursday’s shooting. He’s since been released from the hospital.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the New Mexico set of ‘Rust’ when a projectile was accidentally fired from a gun
“The last time I spoke to Halyna she had shot a film in Saskatchewan, [Canada] and she had her second vaccine there and they wouldn’t send her vaccine certificate to a U.S. address so she had it mailed to my address. I had to get it to her. I think it was September 7 so she could get on this film,” Makins said.
Prior to her death, Hutchins and Makins had great plans to create a film set during Burning Man.
“I was going to write the film and direct it and she was going to be the cinematographer and help get funding,” Makins said. “Obviously that’s not happening right now, which is sad. I’m still going to write it and dedicate it to her.”