The chief electrician on the set of Rust publicly accuses the gunsmith and film producers of “negligence” that led to the death of cameraman Galina Hutchins.
On Sunday, Serge Svetnoy, who was the foreman at a Western in New Mexico, posted a long post on his Facebook page detailing Thursday’s deadly shooting. In his post, Svetnoy said he was “standing shoulder to shoulder” with Hutchins when she was hit by a shell accidentally fired from Alec Baldwin’s rifle.
“I held her in my arms while she was dying,” the gafter wrote. “Her blood was on my hands.”
Light has not responded to numerous requests from The Times since Friday. But in his post, he noted that he worked with Hutchins “on almost all of her films,” including Joe Manganiello’s action movie Nemesis and the recently completed horror thriller The Mad Hatter. “Sometimes we shared food and water,” Svetnoy said about the director. “We burned in the sun, froze in the snow or on the shoots. We took care of each other. “
Although he did not name 24-year-old Rust gunsmith Hannah Reed Gutierrez, Svetnoy made it clear that he believes she bears much of the responsibility for his friend’s death.
“I am sure that we had professionals in every department, except for one – the department that was responsible for weapons,” Svetnoy said. “A 24-year-old woman cannot be a gun pro; there is no way that her more or less the same age from school, neighborhood, Instagram or God knows where else can be a professional in this field. “
Rust was only the second feature film that Gutierrez worked on as a lead gunsmith, meaning she was responsible for the safety and use of weapons on set. She prepared three rifles that Baldwin used in the church shootout, according to a written search statement from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office obtained by the Associated Press. One of these weapons was handed over to Baldwin by assistant director Dave Halls, the affidavit said.
In his public message, Svetnoy said that “this did not affect the negligence of the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the spot; the person who was supposed to announce the presence of a loaded gun did not; the person who was supposed to check the weapon before bringing it to the set did not. “
Gafer used his post to urge producers not to cut corners and keep the budget low.
“Sometimes, in order to save a penny, you hire people who are not fully qualified for difficult and dangerous work, and risk the lives of loved ones, as well as your own life,” Svetnoy said. “I understand that you are always fighting for the budget, but you cannot let that happen. … It’s true that professionals can cost a little more, and sometimes more demanding, but it’s worth it. No penny saved is worth that person’s LIFE! “
He concluded by saying, “Finally, dear producers, please remember that you are not enabling the people you hire to make money; it is the people you hire that help you make money. Remember this! “
Light’s full Facebook post follows:
My vision of the tragedy RUST
I have received hundreds of calls, text messages, letters of support and condolences since the tragedy with Galina Hutchins, and I am very grateful to everyone. Yes, I didn’t know Galina for a year. I’ve worked with her in almost all of her films. Sometimes we shared food and water. We burned in the sun, froze in the snow on the shoots. We took care of each other. Yes, I can say with 100% certainty that she was my friend.
I also received many calls from various media sources from different countries asking them to tell me what happened; also from numerous institutes and universities so that students know what needs the most attention.
Yes, I stood shoulder to shoulder with Galina during this fatal shot that took her life and wounded director Joel Sousa. I held her in my arms while she died. Her blood was on my hands.
I want to express my opinion on why this happened. I believe that I have the right to do this.
The fault is negligence and lack of professionalism.
This was not affected by the negligence of the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the spot; the person who was supposed to announce the presence of a loaded gun did not;
The person who was supposed to test this weapon before bringing it to the set did not.
AND THE DEATH OF A PERSON IS A RESULT!
I’m sure we had professionals in every department except one – the department that was in charge of weapons. A twenty-four-year-old woman cannot be a gun pro; there is no way that her more or less the same age from school, neighborhood, Instagram or God knows where else can be a professional in this field.
Professionals are people who have worked on the set for years, people who know this job from A to Z; These are people who have safety at the reflex level; they do not need to be instructed to place the sandbag on a tripod, anchor a ladder to a stage, or fence off an explosion. They have it in their blood.
I appeal to the producers!
We have an interesting and amazing job, but it is also dangerous. We shoot in the mountains, in open water, under water. We have explosions, gunfire, car accidents, electricity and more.
Sometimes, to save a penny, you hire people who are not fully qualified for difficult and dangerous work, and you risk the lives of loved ones, as well as your life.
I understand that you are always struggling for a budget, but you cannot allow this to happen. Each department should always have at least one specialist who knows his job. It is absolutely necessary to avoid such a tragedy as the tragedy with Galina.
I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through, what her husband @ Matt Hutchins and her son Andros went through, and actor Alec Baldwin who was handed a pistol on set. He has to live with the thought that he took a person’s life because of unprofessional people.
Reputable manufacturers, by hiring professionals, you are buying peace of mind for yourself and the people around you. It is true that professionals can cost a little more, and sometimes more demanding, but it’s worth it. No penny saved is worth a person’s LIFE!
Finally, dear producers, please remember that you are not enabling the people you hire to make money; it is the people you hire that help you make money. Remember this!
I also want to thank the operator @Ried Russell, who was with us and helped save Galina. Thanks to on-set medic @Cherlyn Schaefer, who did her best to save Galina’s life.
We all loved Galina.
God bless her soul.
Rest in peace.
And God will protect us all.