Shooting death of Halyna Hutchins highlights the need for safety on Hollywood sets

A woman displays a sign calling for workplace safety at a vigil for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of his movie "Rust," in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S., October 23, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt.

More details are emerging after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of his movie "Rust." Bandar Albuliwi, an independent filmmaker and friend of Hutchins, has started a petition to end the use of real firearms on set. 

“You can’t expect these crew members to put in 14 to 16 to 18-hour days, and then literally tell them, ‘You have to dodge a bullet that's being fired your way.’ It's absolutely ludicrous and this needs to end. Our below-the-line film crew members all around Hollywood have spoken, and they're demanding some serious change right now,” Albuliwi says.

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