The Freeform series Good Trouble serves as a spin-off of the well-received show The Fosters, depicting the journeys of Callie and Mariana Adams Foster as they navigate adulthood in Los Angeles. Recognized for its diverse and inclusive portrayal of various social issues, including racism, sexism, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration, and more, the show also boasts a heartwarming and supportive behind-the-scenes team dedicated to bringing it to life.

Among them was Christian Gutkowski, a second unit director or assistant director, who unfortunately passed away on March 31, 2023. The show honored him at the conclusion of Season 5, Episode 4, with the poignant message, “In loving memory of Christian Gutkowski.” Let’s delve into who Christian Gutkowski was and the circumstances surrounding his passing.

Christian Gutkowski’s Career and Role in Good Trouble

As per IMDb, Christian Gutkowski held the role of assistant director and was recognized for his work on projects like Eagleheart, When Duty Calls, Provocateur, and The Making of the Bigfoot Hunters. His contributions extended to the production staff of Good Trouble, where he likely served as a second unit director or assistant director from 2019 to 2023, participating in 19 episodes of the show, as reported by Distractify.

A second unit director or assistant director oversees a film’s secondary crew and a separate camera unit responsible for shooting scenes independently from the main unit during principal photography. Working under the film’s primary director, the second unit director is often distinct from the main crew, as described by Studio Binder. In this capacity, Christian Gutkowski played a crucial role in capturing scenes that added depth and nuance to the show’s storylines and characters.

Christian Gutkowski’s Personal Life and Interests

Christian Gutkowski, originally from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., pursued his film career after attending Boston College. Described as a fun and creative individual, he played the guitar, engaged in painting, had a passion for the Mets, and cherished moments with friends and family. His Facebook page and posts from friends highlight him as a devoted and beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Kat Marcheski, a friend of Christian, shared on Facebook: “Christian Gutkowski was a friend like none other. A stand-up guy in a world full of people who fall short. He was kind, gentle, generous, thoughtful, funny, quirky, and a unique human… During the pandemic, we would call each other and check in.

He went home to N.Y. and stayed with his sister and brother-in-law and watched the kids, while they worked. He offered me his studio apartment when I was desperately hunting for a new place to live. He said I could stay rent-free until I could find a place, and when he got back into town, it would be tight, but we would make it work and stay there together.”

Marisol Soliel Velez, another friend, expressed on Facebook: “Christian Gutkowski was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He was always there for me, always made me laugh, always supported me, always encouraged me, always loved me. He was my brother, my confidant, my partner in crime, my soulmate. He was the best thing that ever happened to me. He was my everything.”

Christian Gutkowski’s Cause of Death and Legacy

The precise cause of Christian Gutkowski’s passing has not been officially disclosed, though some friends have suggested it may be related to a health issue. Kat Marcheski, a friend, mentioned on Facebook: “He had a health scare a few years ago and was told he needed to make some changes. He did. He lost weight, he ate better, he exercised, he quit smoking. He was doing everything right. And then this happened. It’s not fair. It’s not right. It’s not okay.”

Christian Gutkowski’s demise has created a profound void within the Good Trouble team and among his loved ones. The show’s creators and producers have committed to honoring his memory in the upcoming season, acknowledging the substantial impact he had on the team.

Friends and family have expressed both grief and gratitude for the privilege of having him in their lives. Christian Gutkowski will be remembered as a talented, generous, and loving individual, leaving a positive mark on many hearts through his work and personality. In the best sense of the term, he was a good troublemaker. Rest in peace, Christian Gutkowski. You are missed.