A Scouting Life: Mystery Man at the Farewell Meal

June 16, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Humans have an amazing ability to recover. We can be almost like dogs that way; give us a little positive stimulus and we happily live in the moment. Forget about the misery you were just experiencing, here’s a candy bar. We’re easy like that, myself as much ...


A Scouting Life: Hard Rain

June 9, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The rain came, and came hard. By the time I pulled around to the coffee shop the sky had turned black and vision was limited to about twenty feet. I got as close to the door as I could and signaled to the guys with the horn and ...


A Scouting Life: Mojave

June 3, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

I awoke the next morning in a room I didn’t recognize, with a hangover and no idea how I got there. The same could be said for a good part of my adult life. Some mornings were of course much harder than others. Waking up in Vegas ...


A Scouting Life: The Cinema Justifies the Means?

May 25, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Working with Wong Kar Wai was taxing physically and emotionally. He liked it that way, and often created artificial tension as a means of controlling people. Just as often it was unintentional; either situation had the same net effect. That morning being a perfect example. Our ...


A Scouting Life: A Wasted Day

May 18, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The film business has undergone major changes in the time I have been part of it. It has always been just that, a business, of course. Still, it started out as much more of a creative, maverick endeavor, at least as compared to traditional corporate environments. People ...


A Scouting Life: Pacific Coast Hellway

May 13, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The last sunlight was creeping below the horizon, off to warm the distant Pacific islands. I was excited for a night in Carmel. It’s such a lovely little town, and I knew a few great restaurants there. A good meal and a warm bed would cap off ...


A Scouting Life: To the Sea

May 11, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

So I sat back and pouted like a petulant child. Aside from flinching a bit when I threw the map at Stephane, it was as though Kar Wai was unaware of what was happening. Such a tough egg to crack, that fellow. Obviously he saw what was ...


A Scouting Life: An Ugly Silence

May 4, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The journey was taking its toll on all of us, but it was perhaps wearing hardest on Stephane. Kar Wai very consciously sets his jobs up as cults of personality. In his quiet way he knows his best interests are served when people are jockeying for his attention ...


A Scouting Life: Guided by the Sphinx

April 29, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We made it off the mountain with much tension but no further incident. A quick inspection showed that we were indeed low on all fluids. I was feeling particularly prickly as I topped everything off. We all were. “You know, I think Ely is right,” Kar Wai announced. “Really, you ...


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