10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
About The Production
Principal photography began on Touchstone Pictures' "10 Things I Hate About You," in Tacoma, Washington, at a three-story craftsman home with a view of Puget Sound in the historic North End neighborhood
Principal photography began on Touchstone
Pictures' "10 Things I Hate About You," in Tacoma, Washington,
at a three-story craftsman home with a view of Puget Sound in
the historic North End neighborhood.
Production soon moved down the hill to Stadium High School, the
main location for the film. The film's story is set at fictional
Padua High School. The filmmakers found a most unusual and perfect
location for the primary set of the film-an actual high school
that looks like a castle!
"The toughest part of this picture was moving up to Seattle
with only six and a half weeks before we had to start shooting.
We had already set the movie up once in Los Angeles and then we
had to set it up again in the Northwest to accommodate this great
school that we found," says executive producer Jeffrey Chernov.
"Once we saw the photos that were sent to us from Stadium
High School in Tacoma, Washington we thought we'd shoot some exteriors
there," says Lazar. "But when we actually visited Stadium
High School, we ended up realizing that we really needed to shoot
all our locations there. We saw the water and the magic of this
place-shooting in the Pacific Northwest is like a dream come true.
The high school and the locations have really become a character
in the movie.
"When I came up here to figure out the exteriors," remembers
Junger, "I literally stepped off the van onto the school
courtyard and I said 'we're shooting the movie here.' I knew the
European storybook quality about the building would be perfect
for the film."
"We started walking around and chills went up and down our
spines. It was more impressive than the pictures," remembers
Lazar. "We started looking out the windows and it's surrounded
by water and it has this incredible stadium. It was actually the
first high school in America to ever have a stadium. There is
so much value to shooting up here production-wise when you look
out the windows of these places-we knew we had to make it work."
"Stadium High School is amazing," says Julia Stiles.
"It is so gothic looking. If we made the movie in Los Angeles,
it could have looked just like twelve other movies."
"We knew that the school was unique and that architecturally
it had everything we needed to help tell the story," adds
executive producer Jeffrey Chernov. "But we wanted to be
very careful that people didn't think that we just found some
great building and didn't really sell the fact that it is, indeed,
a high school. We did several shots to incorporate the interior
and the exterior so that people will know it isn't a trick. We
have shots that start inside the school and come out the front
door into the courtyard and vice versa to show that this is truly
inside and out, a high school."
"The look of Stadium High School really fits the movie. The
whole thing is kind of fairy tale-ish and surreal," adds
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. "The school really lends itself to
that because when I first saw the school, I said, 'This is not
a high school.' I attended a Los Angeles public school and many
L.A. public schools look like jails. This is like a castle. It
fits perfectly with the fairy tale feel of the movie.
Overlooking the Cascade Mountains, on a cliff above the shores
of Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Washington, rises a beautiful,
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