‘Rust’ assistant director fired from previous film after gun incident injured crew member

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Dave Halls, assistant director on the set of “Rust,” has been the subject of complaints about safety and his behavior on set during two productions in 2019, two people who worked closely have told CNN. collaboration with Halls.

Complaints include failure to follow safety protocols for the use of weapons and pyrotechnics, escape routes and exits have been systematically blocked, and cases of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

In a statement to CNN, Maggie Goll, an IATSE Local 44 accessory maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said that while working on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February and May 2019, Halls neglected to ‘organize safety meetings and did not systematically announce the presence of a firearm on the set to the crew, as is the protocol.

“The only reason the crew were made aware of the presence of a weapon was because the assistant chief of props asked Dave to recognize and report the situation each day,” Goll’s statement read.

She added that the prop master “would announce each day when a gun would be required in front of the camera, the disposition of that gun – whether it was a rubber / plastic replica, a no-shot option. or a “cold”, but unloaded option, allowing anyone to inspect said weapon before setting it up and presenting it to talent. (…) The Prop Master frequently berated Dave for rejecting talent. without returning the accessories, weapon included, or for having failed to make safety announcements.

Goll’s statement also describes a case where a licensed pyrotechnician had a medical emergency on set and Halls asked him to continue filming. “I told him that they were free to film whatever they wanted, but that there would be no fire or sparks, etc., until the doctor, the security official fire and all my teammates are safely back on the set, ”Goll explains.

A team member who also worked in productions but asked not to be named for fear of reprisal corroborated Goll’s accounts, saying that when Halls held safety meetings they were short and he was dismissive, claiming that the guns used would be the same as the production still uses and wondering why they should hold the meetings in the first place.

The crew member also said Halls complained about having a weapon “cleared” (inspected by a licensed professional on set, such as a gunsmith) for a scene where an actress was pointing the gun at her own. head and pull the trigger.

Goll and the other crew member told CNN of another case where Halls insisted on continuing to film on location as a storm hit, where electric lights hit mud, wires were exposed to rain and team members feared for their safety.

On the sexual misconduct allegations, Goll said she did not file a complaint, but said that “on the first day of my return to the show, another member of the team told me to” be careful “to Dave, saying he was too physically familiar with the crew, despite many rebuffs and complaints about unwanted and unnecessary contact. Nothing too extreme, but crew members of all genders and all arrangements were made uncomfortable by Dave’s touches on their backs, waists, shoulders, etc.

Goll said at the time that she called a production safety line and complained internally to executive producers at Blumhouse Productions in person. She also said she told the Directors Guild of America (DGA) about dangerous people. “To my knowledge, nothing was done after my complaints,” read his statement.

Halls did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Saturday night on Goll’s allegations against him.

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