New information is emerging about Alec Baldwin’s film Rust and the fatal shooting on set in New Mexico.
According to the LA Times, a half-dozen camera crew workers walked off the set to protest working conditions hours before the fatal incident.
According to sources familiar with the situation, camera operators and assistants were “frustrated by the conditions surrounding the low-budget film”, including complaints of long hours and pay.
Shooting for the film began on October 6, and after filming began, crews were told that they would need to drive 50 miles to Albuquerque each day, rather than staying overnight near Santa Fe.
According to a crew member, the cinematographer Helena Hutchins, who was killed by a prop gun, was advocating for safer conditions for her team.
“Corners were being cut — and they brought in nonunion people so they could continue shooting,” a source told the news outlet.
There were also two prop gun misfires on Saturday (October 16) and one last week, the person said, “there was a serious lack of safety meetings on this set.”
The fatal shooting happened about six hours after the Union camera crew had left the scene.
Alec was reportedly rehearsing a scene outside the church of the Bonzana Creek Ranch set, which involved a gunfight that began in the church.
No charges have been filed. The sheriff’s office said that “witnesses are c “witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”