Halyna Hutchins died doing what she liked on the set of the movie “Rust”.
And that love is returned as colleagues and friends remember the journalist-turned-cinematographer who died after star and executive producer of the film, Alec Baldwin, unloaded an accessory pistol on a set in New Mexico. last week. Hutchins was 42 years old.
The director of the film, Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident.
Hutchins took part in a live broadcast of the Blackmagic Collective in April where she spoke about her cinema.
“I like stories that [are] rooted in reality or real characters, but my favorite part is actually creating the world where the story will exist, ”she said.
Originally from Ukraine, Hutchins grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle, “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines,” according to his website. She obtained a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University.
She worked as an investigative journalist with British documentary productions in Europe, where she made documentaries for the BBC and Discovery before moving to New York.
“In New York, I really took the photography,” Hutchins said in an interview for “Why Women Are Excelling in Hollywood” posted on YouTube in June. “Fashion photography, I did a lot of stuff and just wanted to do art films, actually. Just something really big, beautiful, just arthouse cinema.
“When I moved to Los Angeles, I tried to figure out what the next step would be,” she said. “Where do you start when you don’t know anyone?” Where do you start? “
This led her to a UCLA extension course on directing “just to get my feet wet,” Hutchins recalls, where she quickly realized that she liked cinematography more than directing.
“I shot about 15 shorts there,” she said. “So I kept shooting and thought that was probably my calling.”
Hutchins worked with a lighting company, then attended what she called “the best institution for my profession,” the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory, where she graduated in 2015.
After his death, actor Jensen Ackles, who worked with Hutchins on “Rust,” posted on Instagram that he had donated to an AFI scholarship fund on his behalf.
“Earlier last week, I felt compelled to tell Halyna how awesome I found her to be. I told her how I thought her shots were amazing and how exciting it was to watch her and her teamwork, ”he wrote. “Really. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll always be grateful that we had this moment.
During the Blackmagic Collective live stream, Hutchins shared what drew her to different films.
“The base of the characters is the most exciting part for me,” she said. “If I can take a trip with the characters. Gender doesn’t really matter, it’s just the environment you create around it to convey the character’s journey.
“If I want to see this movie, I would love to do it,” she said.
When asked during the “Why Women Great in Hollywood” interview what appeals to her in cinematography, Hutchins got a heartfelt response.
“It’s a passion, for sure,” she said. “Once you have the virus, you can’t get out of it. “