Family of Halyna Hutchins shot by Alec Baldwin on Rust set to hold ceremony this weekend


The ashes of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins will be interred at an undisclosed location in a private ceremony this weekend, a month after she was accidentally shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on the New Mexico set of ‘Rust.’

Her tombstone, shared with Deadline by the late 42-year-old’s family, is engraved ‘Halyna Hutchins, ASC, 1979-2021’. ASC stands for ‘American Society of Cinematographers.’

Underneath, the phrase ‘Her light shapes our lives. Keep chasing your vision’ is embossed, along with images of a camera and film. 

Halyna’s husband, 38-year-old Matthew Hutchins, said that he and the couple’s 8-year-old son, Andros, ‘feel the silence of her being forever gone as a suffocating stillness in our home.’ 

‘Halyna was the love of my life, and our loss of her has devastated our family’s dreams,’ the widower told the outlet. 

He said that he and their 8-year-old son the couple shares, Andros, ‘feel the silence of her being forever gone as a suffocating stillness in our home.’

 ‘Our love and adoration for her grows as we tell her story, and we hope her work can inspire filmmakers and storytellers around the world. We thank the many generous supporters who have been so thoughtful in our time of loss.’

A representative for Matt Hutchins, told ET that ‘media will not be invited’ to the small ceremony. 

On October 21, the Ukrainian-born cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on the New Mexico set of indie western ‘Rust’ with a Colt .45 wielded by lead actor Alec Baldwin that was supposed to be loaded with blanks

Her grave marker is engraved 'Halyna Hutchins, ASC, 1979-2021' - 'ASC' stands for 'American Society of Cinematographers.' Underneath, the phrase 'Her light shapes our lives. Keep chasing your vision' is embossed, along with images of a camera and film.

Her grave marker is engraved ‘Halyna Hutchins, ASC, 1979-2021’ – ‘ASC’ stands for ‘American Society of Cinematographers.’ Underneath, the phrase ‘Her light shapes our lives. Keep chasing your vision’ is embossed, along with images of a camera and film.

Halyna's husband, 38-year-old Matthew Hutchins (right), said that he and the couple's 8-year-old son, Andros (center), 'feel the silence of her being forever gone as a suffocating stillness in our home.'

Halyna’s husband, 38-year-old Matthew Hutchins (right), said that he and the couple’s 8-year-old son, Andros (center), ‘feel the silence of her being forever gone as a suffocating stillness in our home.’

Halyna's husband, Matt, and her son, Andros, are pictured on October 29, receiving a shipment of Halyna's personal belongings from the 'Rust set at their Los Angeles home

Halyna’s husband, Matt, and her son, Andros, are pictured on October 29, receiving a shipment of Halyna’s personal belongings from the ‘Rust set at their Los Angeles home

On October 21, the Ukrainian-born cinematographer was fatally shot on the New Mexico set of indie western ‘Rust’ with a Colt .45 wielded by lead actor Alec Baldwin that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. 

Her final words, in the arms of head electrician Serge Svetnoy’s arms as others onset tried to stem bleeding caused by a bullet that ripped through her chest were: ‘That was no good. That was no good at all.’ 

She died mere hours later after being airlifted from the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe to nearby University of New Mexico Hospital.  

At a press conference, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said investigators discovered ‘500 rounds of ammunition,’ including, ‘a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting are live rounds’ on the set.

The projectile that killed Hutchins after she was shot was later ruled to be a real bullet.

On October 21, the Ukrainian-born camerawoman was fatally shot on the New Mexico set of indie western 'Rust' with a Colt .45 wielded by lead actor Alec Baldwin (pictured on November 18 in New York City) that was supposed to be loaded with blanks

On October 21, the Ukrainian-born camerawoman was fatally shot on the New Mexico set of indie western ‘Rust’ with a Colt .45 wielded by lead actor Alec Baldwin (pictured on November 18 in New York City) that was supposed to be loaded with blanks

Halyna died mere hours later after being airlifted from the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe (pictured) to nearby University of New Mexico Hospital

Halyna died mere hours later after being airlifted from the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe (pictured) to nearby University of New Mexico Hospital

Her final words, in the arms of head electrician Serge Svetnoy's (pictured left) arms as others onset tried to stem bleeding caused by bullet that ripped through her chest were: 'that was no good. That was no good at all'

Her final words, in the arms of head electrician Serge Svetnoy’s (pictured left) arms as others onset tried to stem bleeding caused by bullet that ripped through her chest were: ‘that was no good. That was no good at all’

Three days ago, the a lawsuit attempting to finger the parties responsible or the woman's death was filed by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell (pictured left) against Baldwin, Rust producers, six production companies - El Dorado Pictures, Thomasville Pictures, Short Porch Pictures, Brittany House Pictures, 3rd Shift Media and Streamline Global - armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, First Assistant Director David Halls and others

Three days ago, the a lawsuit attempting to finger the parties responsible or the woman’s death was filed by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell (pictured left) against Baldwin, Rust producers, six production companies – El Dorado Pictures, Thomasville Pictures, Short Porch Pictures, Brittany House Pictures, 3rd Shift Media and Streamline Global – armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, First Assistant Director David Halls and others

Three days ago, a lawsuit attempting to finger the parties responsible or the woman’s death was filed by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell against Baldwin, Rust producers, six production companies – El Dorado Pictures, Thomasville Pictures, Short Porch Pictures, Brittany House Pictures, 3rd Shift Media and Streamline Global – armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, First Assistant Director David Halls and others.

Svetnoy has filed a lawsuit, as well, and more are expected in coming weeks.  

But as an investigation is ongoing and allegations fly in legal complaints, police affidavits and the court of public opinion, Hutchins’ family strives to celebrate the beloved mother, wife and friend out of view of the public eye. 

‘I think that we will need a little bit of time before we can really encapsulate her life in a way that is easy to communicate,’ husband Matt Hutchins told Insider shortly after his wife’s death. 

Some of Halyna’s closest friends have spoken out since the tragic incident last month, not to cast blame but to shed light on who the cinematographer was in life.

They include Wayne Brady, who worked with her on the 2020 crime drama Blindfire. 

‘What I loved is she carried herself with a grace but a strength because being a female [director of production] in this business, that is no small feat,’ he told ET.

‘You have to conduct yourself and make sure that this room respects you. That’s what I immediately noticed about her.’

In 2018, Halyna (pictured) was named as part of the inaugural class of the 21st Century Fox DP Lab, a networking cohort designed to expand opportunities for female cinematographers by connecting them with working professionals

In 2018, Halyna (pictured) was named as part of the inaugural class of the 21st Century Fox DP Lab, a networking cohort designed to expand opportunities for female cinematographers by connecting them with working professionals

Brady added, ‘The director listened to her, the stars listened to her, because she knew what she was talking about. She was warm and engaging. We talked for a bit while I was working and she was just lovely but got stuff done. I think that was a trademark of hers.’

Friends of the couple told PEOPLE last month about the pair’s ‘beautiful relationship’:

‘[They] supported each others’ dreams,’ said Victoria Janashvili, Halyna’s friend.

'[They] supported each others' dreams,' said Victoria Janashvili, Halyna's friend, of the late cinematographer and her husband Matthew (second from left). The pair are pictured on their wedding day 16 years ago with Halyna's parents Olga Androsovych (at far left) and Anatoly Androsovych

‘[They] supported each others’ dreams,’ said Victoria Janashvili, Halyna’s friend, of the late cinematographer and her husband Matthew (second from left). The pair are pictured on their wedding day 16 years ago with Halyna’s parents Olga Androsovych (at far left) and Anatoly Androsovych

Stephen Pizzello, who met Halyna in Poland at a film festival seven years ago, recalled her as a fun-loving woman who ‘had this mischievous streak.’ 

‘She just had sort of this playful spirit and conspiratorial sense of humor,’ Pizzello, editor-in-chief of American Cinematographer, told the magazine.

He said that Halyna and Matt had a relationship that was ‘rock-solid’. 

‘They would come over, and we all kind of clicked as a group because we always admired their relationship,” said Pizzello. 

‘Matt always was amazingly supportive of her career. She was totally devoted to him and their son, but he also made a lot of sacrifices to enable her to do what she was doing.’ 

Andros, Halyna’s only son, was known affectionately as his late mother’s ‘little man.’  

‘Halyna loved him so much and enjoyed watching him grow into the handsome boy he is today,’ one friend wrote in a moving Instagram tribute. ‘I know she is looking after him and Matt in this horribly scary time.’ 

Halyna married Matthew – a lawyer who worked as an associate with US firm Kirkland & Ellis until 2017 – after moving to the US from Ukraine, where she was born and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines’.

Andros (pictured right), Halyna's only son, was known affectionately as his late mother's 'little man'

Andros (pictured right), Halyna’s only son, was known affectionately as his late mother’s ‘little man’

'She just had sort of this playful spirit and conspiratorial sense of humor,' said Stephen Pizzello, editor-in-chief of American Cinematographer, of the late Halyna Hutchins (pictured)

‘She just had sort of this playful spirit and conspiratorial sense of humor,’ said Stephen Pizzello, editor-in-chief of American Cinematographer, of the late Halyna Hutchins (pictured)

Halyna (pictured) was hailed as one of the 'rising stars of cinematography' in respected industry publication American Cinematographer

Halyna (pictured) was hailed as one of the ‘rising stars of cinematography’ in respected industry publication American Cinematographer

The couple welcomed their son in 2012 and both often posted loved-up family photos on Facebook, treasured memories of family hikes and fun-filled days out.

Shortly after Andros’s birth Hutchins, who had already begun working on short films, enrolled in a two-year course at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory to hone her skills as a cinematographer. A cinematographer, also known as a director of photography, is in charge of the film and lighting crews on set.   

The AFI Conservatory is well regarded within Hollywood and provided a launchpad for the likes of directors Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman).

Halyna would later speak of the important role this experience played in developing her career, saying it made her ‘rethink’ who she was as an artist. She added: ‘One thing I learned is that cinematography is not something you do by yourself.

Halyna is pictured with her son, Andros, in her husband's Instagram post. 'Halyna loved him so much and enjoyed watching him grow into the handsome boy he is today,' one friend wrote in a moving Instagram tribute. 'I know she is looking after him and Matt in this horribly scary time'

Halyna is pictured with her son, Andros, in her husband’s Instagram post. ‘Halyna loved him so much and enjoyed watching him grow into the handsome boy he is today,’ one friend wrote in a moving Instagram tribute. ‘I know she is looking after him and Matt in this horribly scary time’

‘It’s a group [project]. You need to develop your own vision, but the key to a successful film is communication with your director and your team.’

Alongside her early cinematography work Halyna worked as a fashion photographer in order to learn how to ‘create the mood, the feeling’ in an image. A string of smaller projects came along, largely in short films.

In 2018 she was named as part of the inaugural class of the 21st Century Fox DP Lab, a networking cohort designed to expand opportunities for female cinematographers by connecting them with working professionals.

The following year she was hailed as one of the ‘rising stars of cinematography’ in respected industry publication American Cinematographer.  

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