Baldwin shooting highlights risks of rushed film production
NEW YORK (AP) — The fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin on a movie set has put a microscope on an often-unseen corner of the film industry where critics say the pursuit of profit can lead to unsafe working conditions.
With a budget of around $7 million, the Western “Rust” was no micro-budget indie.
The previous best-picture winner at the Academy Awards, “Nomadland,” was made for less.
But the New Mexico set where Baldwin shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had inexperienced crew members, apparent safety lapses and a serious labor dispute.
For some in the business, the failures reflect larger issues in a fast-evolving movie industry.