A Scouting Life: Peaks and Valleys

November 20, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

After we finished at the pizzeria we pushed a little further out of downtown Detroit. We really were in some impoverished areas. I felt a great sense of responsibility for my companions. Everywhere they went was someplace I took them and they were the farthest thing from ...


A Scouting Life: Espzz’s Pizzeria

November 12, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Any proper journey will leave you a different person than the one you were when it began. That was certainly the case with this trip. And as the hippies liked to say, what a long, strange trip it had been. I had left New York on short ...


A Scouting Life: Under the Bridge

November 9, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We left Chicago and started making our way East to Detroit. Kar Wai liked a lot that he had seen in the Second City, which was a relief. There was still only a vague plotline for us to work with, and we were scouting based on hints and ...


A Scouting Life: Close Call at the Pool Hall

November 4, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

There are many elements that make you a good location manager. You need to have a knowledge of history and architecture, an eye for composition, a great sense of direction, and the ability to gain people’s confidence easily, among other things. That last one goes both for the ...


A Scouting Life: Wong Kar Wai in the Windy City

October 27, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Kar Wai caught an early flight out of New York. It was all I could do to wrangle the Frenchmen into the truck in time to meet his flight. Hopefully having the boss around would light a fire under some asses. Time would have to tell on ...


A Scouting Life: Highway 61 Visited

October 22, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

The next week was spent slowly making our way up Highway 61.  Traditionally it was known as the blues highway, the road leading from the plantations of the South to new life and opportunity in Chicago and the northern cities.  Much like the ghosts of the musicians whose paths we ...


A Scouting Life: So Long, New Orleans

October 7, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

I’ve always thought of New Orleans as a whore you could take to Church.  It’s a dirty old city that gladly seduces the willing. She’ll take you as dark and deep as you’re predisposed to go.  There’s also a deep strain of faith present.  There was many a Sunday that ...


A Scouting Life: New Orleans After Dark

September 28, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

My disappointment at bailing early on Cajun Country was tempered by the anticipation of a night out in New Orleans.  Stephane took the wheel and put it on the floor headed east on Highway 10.  My companions didn’t do a lot of driving, but when needed Stephane was great at ...


A Scouting Life: Bayou Bound

September 14, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

A few weeks earlier I had sat in my office and worked out an itinerary.  Not a particularly easy task as our goals were so unclear.  Kar Wai had attempted to explain what he wanted us to find for him without success.  Truth be told, he clearly was still working ...


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