In his affidavit, Detective Joel Cano said Mr. Halls seized one of the three pistols installed by the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. The guns were on a cart left outside a wooden structure due to Covid-19 restrictions, the detective said, before Mr Halls handed one of the guns to Mr Baldwin during of a repetition. Ms. Gutierrez-Reed did not respond to requests for comment.
The disclosures offer insight into how guns are meant to be handled on movie sets. Several professional gunsmiths who are experts in gun handling said their job is to procure guns and ensure they are safe to use, while assistant directors are expected to inspect guns and s ‘ensure that they are not loaded; it is generally the gunsmith who then hands the weapon to an actor.
Larry Zanoff, an expert in the use of firearms on film sets who worked on the set of “Django Unchained” as a gunsmith, said by industry standards the Senior Assistant Director is the safety officer on set and usually inspects a firearm. to make sure it is unloaded and safe to use.
Lisa Long, who worked with Mr Halls as a first camera assistant on a shoot earlier this year, said she complained to her superiors on several occasions throughout the process of what she had perceived as a lack of appropriate security meetings and concerns about violations of the Covid-19 Protocols.
“Normally I would go to the first AD with security concerns,” Ms. Long said, referring to Mr. Halls’ role as deputy director, “but the security concerns concerned the first AD”
While filming the movie “One Way,” starring Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Fimmel, Ms. Long said the crew shot a scene on an active highway without proper preparation and two of the vehicles narrowly avoided an accident. .
“I don’t remember having a proper safety meeting,” she said of the production.
Likewise, Maggie Goll, a licensed pyrotechnician who works on televisions, said in a statement on Sunday that Mr Halls “failed to maintain a safe working environment” in 2019 when he was the series’ first assistant director. Hulu horror “Into the Dark.”