A Scouting Life: 3 iPods, 1 Soundtrack

January 11, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

When you are on the road with the same people for so long the petty grievances build up. It’s simply unavoidable. I previously mentioned the difficulties we had agreeing on what music to listen to, and this remained a bone of contention. Darius, Stephane and I each ...


A Scouting Life: Missed Opportunities in St. Louis

January 7, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We wound up making a few more fruitless stops on the way, so it was late when we hit St. Louis.  Once again Stephane took the wheel late and got us home.  As it was an unexpected stop in a town I’d never been in our office booked the hotel.  ...


A Scouting Life: Back on the Road to Memphis

January 5, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

One of the earlier things Kar Wai had said to me was that in order to get someplace it’s best to go in the opposite direction. Turns out this was true not only for the story he was telling, but in the story of his life as well. ...


A Scouting Life: A Piece of the Story

December 17, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

I opened up the script with the highest of expectations. To my surprise, it wasn’t a script at all. Instead I had been given a short story. The cultural dissonance was so great with the Chinese that I wasn’t quite sure where the disconnect was. Kar ...


A Scouting Life: A Surprise Request

December 10, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

I took my time getting to the office the next morning. Work had been a seven-day-a-week affair for the last couple months, so I figured I could ease up a little. Anyway, the project was clearly falling apart. Why continue beating myself up if I didn’t have ...


A Scouting Life: The Date from a Bad Movie

December 8, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

The three of us ducked across the street to grab a steak at Morton’s. The place was empty aside from our table. I couldn’t really get too involved in dinner as I was waiting for the waitress to call. Darius and Kar Wai seemed giddy with the ...


A Scouting Life: A Private Movie

December 4, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We woke up the next morning to find Cleveland absolutely buried in snow. We returned to the flats, exploring some more of the areas immediately around the old factories. Kar Wai really did love the visuals the area offered us. This made me quite happy, as we ...


A Scouting Life: Emotional Resonance

November 30, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Shortly thereafter Darius and Kar Wai exited the hotel and hopped in the truck. I was relieved to see them both emerge sans suitcases. Clearly there were problems getting the picture off the ground. Most of my experience was working for the major studios; what I did ...


A Scouting Life: Homecoming, then Bad News

November 24, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We finished the day in Detroit seeing the rest of what it had to offer us. I had hoped to spend another night there and spend the next day scouting the countryside as we headed east, but I was overridden on that. Kar Wai had no interest in ...


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