Darlin' director Pollyanna McIntosh mourns her director of photography Halyna Hutchins, who died Thursday after actor-producer Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun in an incident on the set of Hutchins' new movie Rust. The 42-year-old DP and Rust writer-director Joel Souza were "shot when a prop firearm was discharged" by Baldwin on the western movie's set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to an October 21 release from the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. A helicopter transported Hutchins to University of New Mexico Hospital, where she died. A Friday memo from worker union IATSE Local 44 described the fatal shooting as an "accidental weapons discharge" in which "a live single round was accidentally fired on set" by Baldwin.
"I love you lass. The most talented, in the trenches, committed, wonderful artist and teammate," Darlin' writer-director McIntosh wrote of Hutchins in a tribute posted to Instagram. "I haven't got all the words yet at the loss of Halyna but to everyone who knew her I send huge love and peace and I'm here to talk if you wanna."
"Have been talking to the Darlin' cast and crew this morning. We were so lucky to have her as cinematographer on Darlin'," added the filmmaker of the "social issue horror film" that starred Lauryn Canny, Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, and McIntosh's former Walking Dead co-star Cooper Andrews. "We'll all miss you. You were going to keep making amazing films. Much love to her family. I'm so sorry for their loss."
McIntosh added: "And of course I'm angry. This has to stop happening on set. My thoughts are with the whole crew and cast of her current project too."
Andrews, who played Nurse Tony in Darlin', wrote on Instagram of Hutchins: "I'll always look fondly at our time filming Darlin' and feel truly honored for the experience."
"Halyna's passion and love for film was something to be inspired by and aspire to," Andrews wrote. "Halyna should still be here. This should not have happened."
American Cinematographer named Hutchins a "rising star" in 2019, the same year Darlin' premiered at SXSW. Earlier this year, Hutchins shared stills from Darlin' to Instagram with the hashtags "#womeninmedia" and "#thewalkingdeadfamily" as the film also featured McIntosh and Andrews' former The Walking Dead co-stars Sabrina Gennarino and Thomas Francis Murphy.
Hutchins went on to photograph independent superhero movie Archenemy and is remembered by star Joe Manganiello and director Adam Egypt Mortimer as "an absolutely incredible talent and a great person."
"She had such an eye and a visual style, she was the kind of cinematographer that you wanted to see succeed because you wanted to see what she could pull off next. She was a fantastic person," Manganiello wrote on Instagram. "There was no amount of pressure she couldn't handle. She was a great collaborator and an ally to anyone in front of her camera. Everyone who knew her was rooting for her."
Mortimer in a tweet called Hutchins a "brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film." See other tributes to Hutchins below.
I’m in shock. I was so lucky to have had Halyna Hutchins as my DP on Archenemy. An incredible talent & great person. I can’t believe this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? What a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family pic.twitter.com/W479ch56Js— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) October 22, 2021
I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set. She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vcdFqHsGA0— Adam Egypt Mortimer (@adamegypt) October 22, 2021
From @adamegypt, continued
Here’s the thread about Halyna that I posted last year when we released the movie.
I was lucky to have known her and to have worked with her. ❤️ https://t.co/FgorxuqwMv— Adam Egypt Mortimer (@adamegypt) October 22, 2021
My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2021
Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Halyna Hutchins. Crew should never be unsafe on set and when they are there is always a clearly definable reason why. #IASolidarity— Alex Winter (@Winter) October 22, 2021
One of my best friends in the world passed away today, doing what she loved most: making movies. 🎥
The world lost a bright light; a woman that was fearless kind-hearted and talented. I will carry you in my heart until the day we meet again, @halynahutchins.
I love you. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jBnlK2DrWS— Denise Harkavy (@DHarkavy) October 22, 2021
Because most of the images linked to the tragic story on the set of ‘Rust’ are of Alec Baldwin, not the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, who lost her life today in such a tragic accident. Rest in Power. pic.twitter.com/n0nlJtJoRd— Cinematic Arts 🅓🅔🅡🅡🅨 (@cinematicarts_) October 22, 2021
Sick and devastated to hear that my friend and rockstar cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set today in New Mexico. I don't have words to describe this tragedy. I want answers. I want her family to somehow find peace among this horrific, horrific loss. pic.twitter.com/ElAQNMuQvR— 𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖊 𝖘𝖕𝖎𝖉𝖊𝖗 🕷️🕸️ (@elleschneider) October 22, 2021