A Scouting Life: Plotting the Journey across America

June 5, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

Wong Kar Wai seemed to be wrapping his head around the story. I would have to hope so, as we had been putting in lots of time. We mainly worked nights, driving all over the city. Travis Bickle had nothing on me. We drove mostly city ...


Producer Ted Hope Discusses the Future of Finding Film Audiences

June 4, 2009

Last week, independent film producer and blogger Ted Hope (American Splendor, 21 Grams, Adventureland) spoke to filmmakers at the New York Foundation for the Arts about a new film culture and infrastructure driven by creators and audiences alike. "We must accept that being a filmmaker means taking responsibility for our ...


A Scouting Life: A Cast of Characters Converges

June 1, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

There is a tradition of great artists treating every aspect of their lives as a part of their work – people who are so driven by the creative urge that the individual and the work become one and the same. It can lead to personal tragedy, as in the ...


A Scouting Life: The Dangerous Hours

May 26, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

As we were getting in the car a subway pulled out of the station and passed over our heads on the tracks. “Where does that go?” Wong Kar Wai asked. “Through south Brooklyn and into Manhattan eventually,” I answered. “We should follow it. Let’s look at places under the tracks.” Not surprising. ...


A Scouting Life: At the End of the Country, Coney Island

May 22, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We wound up making many scouting trips to Coney Island, and indeed did our first day of filming there. Makes sense if you know the Wong Kar Wai’s work. It really is his type of place. His movies feature locations that are older and a little beat up. ...


A Scouting Life: Go Where the Character Takes You

May 20, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

We started the next day early… with a late lunch (an early scout for Kar Wai meant starting in the mid-afternoon). Don’t get the idea that he was lazy, though; nothing could be farther from the truth.  James Brown used to be called “The hardest working man in show business,” ...


A Scouting Life: Diners

May 18, 2009 | Sam Hutchins

While it varies from picture to picture, Location Managing at its best is intensely collaborative and creative work. This was clearly going to be the case working with Kar Wai. Location is everything in his films. He doesn’t shoot on soundstages; it’s all about the verisimilitude with him. This was ...


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 ...


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