REEL 13 BLOG

A Scouting Life: Something Burning

April 27, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We picked up Rte 431 south of Reno and headed towards Lake Tahoe. Usually by midday I had some clue as to where we were heading. This time it wasn’t about where we were going, it was about what we were leaving behind. Reno was full of ...

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A Scouting Life: Establishing Shots

April 22, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Reno seemed promising at first. We got an early jump and began making our way into town. It had a good approach. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is when scouting with a director. When watching a film, you will notice what is called an ...

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A Scouting Life: Overtime

April 13, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

One gets accustomed to working long hours when making a film. Your average shooting day is between 12-14 hours, although they can easily go as long as 18 hours or more. You have no control over it, everyone stays until the day’s work is done. That’s just ...

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A Scouting Life: A Cruel Joke

April 8, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We rolled on and on. Beautiful, desolate country. Hours of nothing but the landscape. It was hard to tell from the map, but I feared we might wind up driving pretty deep into the night before we found a place to crash. We were all getting ...

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A Scouting Life: The Loneliest Road in America

April 6, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We couldn’t leave Ely fast enough the next morning. The place had a certain malevolence tucked just beneath the surface, and our presence there was enough to awaken it. Nothing that couldn’t be handled, but the time to deal with the hustlers, grifters and flakes was later. ...

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A Scouting Life: Brothels and Blackjack

March 30, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We got back to the Hotel Nevada just in time to wash up and have a nice dinner. The rooms were smallish, as could be expected of such an old hotel, and the furnishings looked like they came from your grandmother’s garage sale. Everything was mismatched and cheaply ...

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A Scouting Life: Basin and Range

March 25, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Kar Wai had been reaching out to his network of contacts, asking for any ideas on smaller, down-at-the-heels casinos. I was in no position to discourage him, but in my experience getting tips from anyone other than a fellow location scout/manager is a waste of your time. There ...

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A Scouting Life: Hotel Nevada

March 23, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The process always plays out differently no matter how long you do it. Each film is a living, breathing entity that has its own quirks and wrinkles. This is true of every show you are on, but even more so with a creatively chaotic fellow like Kar Wai ...

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A Scouting Life: Marlboro Man at the Liberty Club

March 18, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Ely, Nevada is a town of roughly 4,000 people in White Pine County, close to the geographic center of the state of Nevada. It exists largely due to the now-defunct Kennecot Copper Mine, once a major source of the metal in this country. Tourists visit for the abundant ...

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