A Scouting Life: Plate o’ Shrimp with Wong Kar Wai

May 15, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

When you work on a studio film things are pretty straightforward. There are staff accountants, lawyers, and executives with whom to consult. There are policies and procedures to follow. It’s still a lot more loose than working in traditional industries, but at least there is some semblance of normalcy. Not ...


A Scouting Life: Sam Hutchins’ Blueberry Nights

May 13, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Working as a movie location manager can be arduous, but there are days when I can’t believe I get paid to do what I do. The job allows me creative input in the production process and provides a front row seat to the making of some wonderful films. A few years ...


New Reel 13 Blogger: Sam Hutchins presents ‘A Scouting Life’

May 13, 2009

Exciting news here at Reel 13. Sam Hutchins, a veteran location manager and movie scout, will be posting dispatches from his always unpredictable scouting life, as well as interviews and discussions with the unsung workhorses of the film community like himself. Sam has been working in film production in various capacities ...


Nina Sings the Copyright Song

March 17, 2009

Nina Paley is an animator whose critically-acclaimed film, Sita Sings the Blues (which you can watch for free in its entirety on Reel 13) recently plunged her into the tangled web of copyright law. To make a long story very short, Sita Sings the Blues features copyright-restricted Annette Hanshaw songs. Here's ...


Cinema of Dread: Screenwriters Discuss the Horror Film

March 10, 2009

Last week, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts hosted a Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) panel discussion of horror screenwriters talking about horror films. Reel 13 was there and captured the disturbing discussion on tape. If you're pondering writing a horror screenplay -- or any screenplay for that matter ...


Watch “Sita Sings the Blues” online

February 26, 2009

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by e-mail. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the ...


Welcome to the new Reel 13

February 26, 2009 | Daniel Ross

If you’ve visited Reel 13 before, you probably notice we’ve undergone some pretty big changes. The old site didn’t provide much opportunity for feedback or interaction with you, the audience. But that’s all changed. Now, we’ve updated Reel 13 so you can discuss the films you watch with other users, share ...


Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler discusses Gene Kelly

February 26, 2009

This Saturday, Gene Kelly's 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain airs on Reel 13. We thought it would be interesting to sit down with a contemporary choreographer and pick his brain about Gene Kelly's influence on American dance. So we caught up with Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed In the Heights, ...


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