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Old 22nd October 2021, 07:35 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Bikewer View Post
Well done, it looks and sounds good. Poorly done, it’s really unrealistic… You see this a lot on TV shows where they’re obviously pressed for time and money. Several episodes of the “Walker” TV series were particularly bad in this regard… The “muzzle flashes” weren’t even properly aligned with the weapon.

I'm sure it was intentional, but I remember a shootout in one of the "Naked Gun" movies in which the muzzle flashes (and possibly the sounds of the shots) happened about a half second after each trigger pull.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 07:38 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by The Great Zaganza View Post
So was there one shot or two?
Very few details but given what we know any more than one shot seems unlikely.

We also have no details on what type of injury the Director suffered, could be anything from another gunshot wound (unlikely) to powder burns or hearing damage.
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First law of gun safety: Never point a gun at anyone unless you intend to shoot them.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 07:45 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by Monza View Post
They make adapters for guns that use a CO2 cartridge to recycle the gun. It is used for dry firing practice at home. I think the technology is here to make realistic prop guns that recoil and recycle without ever having to use blanks on a set. As people here have pointed out, blanks can be deadly. I can see some new laws in the filming industry coming out after this tragedy.
Gas operated Airsoft pistols cycle, look like and are weighted like the real thing.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 07:47 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by Dumb All Over View Post
First law of gun safety: Never point a gun at anyone unless you intend to shoot them.
The weird thing for me (again pending details) is that it wasn't another ACTOR that got shot so it's not like pointing the gun at the other person was some sort of requirement because it was needed for the scene.
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
The weird thing for me (again pending details) is that it wasn't another ACTOR that got shot so it's not like pointing the gun at the other person was some sort of requirement because it was needed for the scene.
Yes, indeed. That struck me as a little strange, too.
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
The weird thing for me (again pending details) is that it wasn't another ACTOR that got shot so it's not like pointing the gun at the other person was some sort of requirement because it was needed for the scene.
He was probably shooting at the camera, and probably as instructed. I'm conjecturing but that's usually where the director and dp are.
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Maybe Alec Baldwin graduated from the Dick Cheney School of Firearm Safety.
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Originally Posted by Dumb All Over View Post
Maybe Alec Baldwin graduated from the Dick Cheney School of Firearm Safety.
Hell no.

Graduates of that prestigious school have their targets apologize for getting shot.
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Originally Posted by Ziggurat View Post
Hell no.

Graduates of that prestigious school have their targets apologize for getting shot.
The director is still alive, it's not too late.
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Originally Posted by lobosrul5 View Post
He was probably shooting at the camera, and probably as instructed. I'm conjecturing but that's usually where the director and dp are.
Not to read too heavily into the reporting, but no one is reporting that Baldwin did anything but was the one who discharged the gun. He could have just as well been carelessly handling it or dropped it or whatever.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 08:06 AM   #52
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Given that this film is a Western, the firearm was likely not an auto-loader.
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Given that this film is a Western, the firearm was likely not an auto-loader.
Yeah we're looking at a prop revolver, odds are a mockup of some sort of a Colt .45 Peacemaker the only gun that ever existed in the West according to Hollywood.
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Overheard during booking at the Sheriff's office - "Mr. Baldwin, we're ready for your close-ups."
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Originally Posted by SuburbanTurkey View Post
The director is still alive, it's not too late.
Good point, but I suspect that won't be happening.
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
Yeah we're looking at a prop revolver, odds are a mockup of some sort of a Colt .45 Peacemaker the only gun that ever existed in the West according to Hollywood.
Ironic considering non-firing prop revolvers would probably be among the easiest to use and just add flash in post. Just make a prop gun with moving cylinder and hammer and you've got everything but the bang with no safety issue. No ejecting brass, no slide or bolt moving on each shot, nothing.

ETA: Unless they were wanting big plumes of black powder smoke.
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Flip side of that is movies like "heat" with the iconic heist shootout scene featuring rifles with insanely huge muzzle flash. I could see why a director or whatever would want the real thing.
Ironically a little article about Heat popped up on my social media feed just yesterday. It claimed that they used blanks, but with a full powder charge in each round (at least for the iconic shootout scene on the street). The claim was that they then went in to dub the sound but eventually just kept the sound from the original recording because nothing else captured just how loud the guns were, or the reverberations coming off all the surrounding buildings.
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Originally Posted by Dumb All Over View Post
Overheard during booking at the Sheriff's office - "Mr. Baldwin, we're ready for your close-ups."
You seem to be really adamant that Alec get arrested, why is that?

No matter what Alec did there was not supposed to be live ammunition in the gun. This is on whoever prepped that gun, full stop, imo.
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No matter what Alec did there was not supposed to be live ammunition in the gun. This is on whoever prepped that gun, full stop, imo.
Far to early to say that. It's unclear exactly what the nature of the failure was.

The prop gun could have functioned exactly as it was intended to for all we know. It's possible the scene was not properly set up to be safe, or that careless handling is the culprit.


A lot of things could have gone wrong.
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Far to early to say that. It's unclear exactly what the nature of the failure was.

The prop gun could have functioned exactly as it was intended to for all we know. It's possible the scene was not properly set up to be safe, or that careless handling is the culprit.

A lot of things could have gone wrong.
My point being, none of that is on Alec.

Aside from that, Joel Souza has been released from the hospital. That's good news for his friends and family.
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Is this going to be like that one episode of every detective show where the murderer swapped out the prop weapon for a real one? Everybody from Miss Fisher to Inspector Barnaby did that one.
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The prop gun could have functioned exactly as it was intended to for all we know. It's possible the scene was not properly set up to be safe, or that careless handling is the culprit.
Or it could be premeditated MURDER!
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I heard a rumor that the production didn’t use union crews
The relevant unions are on strike right now, so there's a good chance it was a non-union armorer.

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First law of gun safety: Never point a gun at anyone unless you intend to shoot them.
This. And only this. I've used prop firearms on stage, where post-production isn't an option. You don't point it at anything you don't want a projectile to hit. Ever. Even if you have every reason to believe there's no projectile. The armorer hands you the prop just as you're about to go onstage, and he takes it from you as soon as you exit. Even if you're going to "shoot" another actor, you don't point the weapon directly at him to discharge it. You follow the combat director's and armorer's instructions to the letter. If you don't, that's the last time you'll ever set foot on our stage. If something goes wrong -- someone doesn't hit their mark or something is in your way -- you don't fire the weapon and you improvise around it.

I know the details are still unknown. But there is no legitimate reason for a live round to be on a film set. Ever.
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My point being, none of that is on Alec.

Aside from that, Joel Souza has been released from the hospital. That's good news for his friends and family.
It could conceivably be his fault if he did something reckless, like pointing a blank firing gun at someone at close range and firing it.
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This. And only this. I've used prop firearms on stage, where post-production isn't an option. You don't point it at anything you don't want a projectile to hit. Ever. Even if you have every reason to believe there's no projectile. The armorer hands you the prop just as you're about to go onstage, and he takes it from you as soon as you exit. Even if you're going to "shoot" another actor, you don't point the weapon directly at him to discharge it. You follow the combat director's and armorer's instructions to the letter. If you don't, that's the last time you'll ever set foot on our stage. If something goes wrong -- someone doesn't hit their mark or something is in your way -- you don't fire the weapon and you improvise around it.

I know the details are still unknown. But there is no legitimate reason for a live round to be on a film set. Ever.
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It could conceivably be his fault if he did something reckless, like pointing a blank firing gun at someone at close range and firing it.
It's a western show, and my best guess is he was doing literally what the shot in that show was calling for and what he was being directed to do. How many movies, shows, etc. have a gun pointed at the camera? The line, "You never point a gun at something you don't want to kill" isn't always the way the real world works. No one wanted this to happen, ******* NO ONE wanted this to happen. That a director and a DoP were standing behind a camera, directing the scene and the gun went off\was fired, injuring both, is not that far out of the realm of thought. Chastise as you like, and I'm open to being wrong, but I'd be shocked if this is anyone's fault but the armorer\prop master.
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//Again pending details, early reporting of a fluid story, right retained to adjust opinion later, all that dutifully acknowledged//

You're an actor. If the gun safety guy says the gun is safe... you kind of have to go on his word, if that was the scenario.
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//Again pending details, early reporting of a fluid story, right retained to adjust opinion later, all that dutifully acknowledged//

You're an actor. If the gun safety guy says the gun is safe... you can of have to go on his word, if that was the scenario.
Assuming everyone followed instructions like good boys and girls.

People are dumb enough when it comes to live firearms, I can't imagine how stupid people are willing to act with something they think is safe.

The case of Jon-Erik Hexum is one where much of the blame can be placed on the guy who put a loaded blank gun to his own head and pulled the trigger out of boredom.
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No one wanted this to happen, ******* NO ONE wanted this to happen.
...except the MURDERER!
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Yeah we're looking at a prop revolver, odds are a mockup of some sort of a Colt .45 Peacemaker the only gun that ever existed in the West according to Hollywood.
Unless it's a Clint Eastwood movie
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Given the ridiculous noises* guns make when seen on screen, the only reason I can see for having any sort of active weapon filmed is to show muzzle flash and recoil action.

* - Impossible ricochets, etc.
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Not to read too heavily into the reporting, but no one is reporting that Baldwin did anything but was the one who discharged the gun. He could have just as well been carelessly handling it or dropped it or whatever.
If it discharged by being dropped it was a very old revolver or a very poor design, or not assembled correctly. And then, the odds of a blank killing someone from a dropped gun are super remote. It's the overpressure that can be fatal from a blank. If he went up to someone with the barrel against their head TWICE, I think SF county deputies would have him in custody by now.
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I'm now thinking this is a rare case of assisted suicide by the conspiratorial actions of a Director of Photography and an Assistant Props Manager.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 08:58 AM   #73
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Originally Posted by lobosrul5 View Post
If it discharged by being dropped it was a very old revolver or a very poor design, or not assembled correctly. And then, the odds of a blank killing someone from a dropped gun are super remote. It's the overpressure that can be fatal from a blank. If he went up to someone with the barrel against their head TWICE, I think SF county deputies would have him in custody by now.
I am a bit lost on how two people could have been so grievously wounded. The reporting implies it was a single shot.

Perhaps a barrel obstruction of some sort caused a catastrophic failure? Maybe the pistol caused something close by to burst and send fragments flying?

Two people injured so badly makes me think that something sent fragments of material flying.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 09:03 AM   #74
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Baldwin has issued a statement.

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"There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."
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Also while details are still vague it does now seem that the incident occurred "while a scene was being filmed" as opposed to onset downtime or something of that nature.
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Old 22nd October 2021, 09:06 AM   #76
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The words "sorry I shot and killed her" are conspicuously absent
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Old 22nd October 2021, 09:07 AM   #77
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Alec tweets ~30 min ago:

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There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and

2- I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.
https://twitter.com/AlecBaldwin/stat...72461787439106

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Old 22nd October 2021, 09:07 AM   #78
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The words "sorry I shot and killed her" are conspicuously absent
For all we know it was 100% not his fault. Hell, the director and DP are probably more responsible for how scenes are shot, including the use of props, than any actor.

Dude's gonna be pretty traumatized I suspect, even if nobody blames him for it. A front row seat to someone's violent death is probably not very fun.
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He's also probably legally savvy enough to not offhandedly confess to something.
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The words "sorry I shot and killed her" are conspicuously absent
When is a person to blame? It is always the gun.
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