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QuoteThe details, woven together by Detective Joel Cano, provide a chilling account of how the shooting materialized on a production set that had been beset by accidental gun discharges and labor disputes between producers and crew members.
QuoteMr. Souza was grappling with delays the day of the shooting, after about six members of the camera crew had quit over late pay and safety conditions, the affidavit said.
QuoteAsked about how the employees were behaving, Mr. Souza told investigators that "everyone was getting along"
QuoteNeal W. Zoromski has spent three decades in Hollywood, working on movies big and small, but never on a western. So he was thrilled last month when he was asked to join the crew of an Alec Baldwin film in New Mexico.The veteran prop master immediately told "Rust" production managers that he was interested in the job that would give him responsibility for the accoutrements of the Old West. Pistols, rifles, wagons, saddles and flour sacks were needed to re-create 1880s Kansas for Baldwin, who was playing a grizzled outlaw named Harland Rust.But during four days of informal discussions with film managers, Zoromski said he got a "bad feeling.""There were massive red flags," he said in an interview Sunday with The Times.He said he felt that "Rust" was too much of a slapdash production, one with an overriding focus on saving money instead of a concern for people's safety. Production managers didn't seem to value experience and were brushing off his questions, he said.Zoromski ultimately told "Rust" production managers that he would take a pass."After I pressed 'send' on that last email, I felt, in the pit of my stomach: 'That is an accident waiting to happen,'" he said.
QuoteNow, Zoromski, who lives in Los Angeles, is haunted by Hutchins' death. He believes that had he accepted the "Rust" job, things would have turned out differently."I take my job incredibly seriously," he said. "As the prop master, you have to be concerned about safety. I'm the guy who hands the guns to the people on set."
QuoteHe said he felt that "Rust" production managers were being "evasive" when he asked about specific terms of his potential employment. The budget, estimated at about $7 million, seemed too small for the type of film the producers were attempting to make. He couldn't get an answer on the budget for his "kit," industry jargon for his cache of props needed to stock the set.He said he also became alarmed because it was just two weeks before "Rust" was set to begin filming in New Mexico and the producers hadn't yet hired a prop master. Typically, those decisions are made weeks, even months, before the cameras roll."In the movies, the prep is everything. ...You also need time to clean, inspect and repair guns," he said. "You need time to fix old clocks. In period films, you are sometimes using antiques. But here, there was absolutely no time to prepare, and that gave me a bad feeling."
Quote from: wilberfan on October 31, 2021, 01:29:31 PMPerhaps the most detailed accounting to date on what happened on the RUST set... https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-10-31/rust-film-alec-baldwin-shooting-what-happened-that-day