Film teacher talks gun safety after Santa Fe shooting


PHOENIX – There aren’t many rules when it comes to using guns on film sets. However, that could change after an actor fired live ammunition killed a cinematographer in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Halyna Hutchins was working on the set of Rust when she was shot and killed by actor Alec Baldwin.

“People should never die making movies,” said Chris LaMont, a film producer teaching at Arizona State University.

“Making films is fun, it’s creative, it’s passionate,” he added.

According to LaMont, film sets should not use live tours. “Typically a lot of movies use blanks,” LaMont said.

“(It) always gives you the sound of a gunshot, it’s a flash of the mouth, but I think at this point things are going to change in a very big way for this industry,” he said. he adds.

“Everyone is considering this idea that there shouldn’t be real guns on set. There shouldn’t be blank guns … and so it’s amazing with the Today’s technology, it’s super easy to put mouth flash on screen, you can do it with Adobe After Effects. So even our students can have mouth flash in their movies, ”said LaMont.

ASU students can use decommissioned propeller guns from Sun Studios in Tempe. Even though they don’t shoot live ammunition, students are expected to alert law enforcement when using them in a movie.

Meanwhile, the National Film Bureau said it was adding more information to its website for those interested in using explosives as guns.

“We are incredibly saddened by the tragic event that occurred on the set of ‘Rust’ in New Mexico and our hearts go out to everyone involved during this difficult time,” said a spokesperson for the Arizona Commerce Authority. tragic industry event in New Mexico, we updated our website and added additional resources to our webpage, Production FAQs [], regarding the use of explosives and firearms, ”they said.

“As an ACA program, Arizona Film & Digital Media does not directly license film productions in Arizona, and we have no direct enforcement authority over productions that shoot here. However, we do attract. and promote Arizona as a movie destination, work to develop industry infrastructure and facilitate production requests when they want to shoot here. This includes helping them find production resources in Arizona such as the crew, supporting talent and businesses, and making sure they know where to go to apply for the necessary permits and legal permissions they may need to film in various jurisdictions across the state, ”they added.

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