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Halyna Hutchins (1979–2021), rising star of cinematography

by Linnea Crowther

Halyna Hutchins was a cinematographer who worked on films including “Archenemy” and “Darlin’.”

Career in cinematography

Hutchins grew up in the Soviet Union, where she studied journalism. In her early career, she worked on investigative films before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood career. Hutchins began working in production while studying cinematography, and she quickly began gaining respect in the field. Her credits as cinematographer or director of photography include “The Mad Hatter” and “Blindfire” as well as a number of short films and the upcoming “Rust,” on which she was working at the time of her death. In 2019, American Cinematographer named her one of “10 up-and-coming directors of photography who are making their mark.” The same year, Hutchins won the award for Best Cinematography at the English Riviera Film Festival for her work on the short film “Treacle.”

Memorial fund

In Hutchins’ memory, friends and colleagues established the Halyna Hutchins Memorial Scholarship Fund at the American Film Institute’s Conservatory.

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Hutchins on getting her start in cinematography

“My transition from journalism began when I was working on British film productions in Eastern Europe, traveling with crews to remote locations and seeing how the cinematographer worked. I was fascinated with storytelling based on real characters.” —from a 2019 interview for American Cinematographer

Tributes to Halyna Hutchins

Full obituary: Los Angeles Times

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