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Killer Casting

Oct 23, 2021

On today’s episode we react to the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was accidentally shot while on set of the film “Rust”.

Details are still emerging and it is unclear whether there was a breakdown of safety protocol, of communication — or perhaps the inexperience of a non union crew — that left Ms. Hutchins and director Joel Souza (who was also injured) unprotected and vulnerable to this tragedy. What we do know is that there are supposed to be checks and balances to keep cast and crew safe. There are also many other ways to deliver explosive effects that do not include “live rounds” in a scene.

Joining us to talk about this and other on-set dangers is veteran actor Xander Berkeley (Terminator 2, Heat, A Few Good Men, Taken, Air Force One, Leaving Los Vega, Apollo 13, Candy Man, The Walking Dead, Justified, Nikita) who has been in in many shoot out scenes and has the scars to prove it. 

Also joining us is Steve Meyers, an Emmy and VES winning Visual Effects Supervisor. Steve began his tenure by taking the helm on the highly successful television series Criminal Minds, which he supervised for the last eight seasons of production. Along the way, he’s overseen many other series for FuseFX, including Hell on Wheels, Good Girls Revolt, Mayan’s MC, and Hollywood. 

If you feel unsafe on set for any reason, including harassment, send a tip via the IATSE Safety Hotline at 844-422-9273

Lisa and Dean have many questions for these two highly experienced professionals…but most importantly our thoughts go out to Halyna’s family. #hernamewashalynahutchins