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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, brick castl

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