About the Locations
With Pellington at the helm, principal photography on ARLINGTON
ROAD began February 2, 1998 in and around the Houston, Texas area
for 10 weeks of shooting. Although several of Houston's landmarks
subbed for Washington, D.C. buildings for a majority of the shoot,
a final week of filming took place in D.C.'s federal district.
No structural changes were made to the homes used in the residential
sequences. "There was a great irony to the two houses we
wound up using," says Kruger. The two families who were relocated,
so we could use their homes for the Faradays and the Langs, had
actually never spoken a word to each other even though they had
lived across the street from each other for a year. It was just
like the characters in the film. It was through the film that
they were actually introduced."
At times during the shoot in Texas, massive thunderstorms and
a tornado blew through the area, but cast and crew were able to
work around them. "During some of the night shoots, it got
pretty wintry and we couldn't have any breath frosting since the
film is supposed to take place in spring and summer," says
Kruger. "That got a little dicey, but it worked out."
It was director Pellington who decided to reunite his Going All
The Way team of cinematographer Bobby Bukowski and production
designer Therese DePrez. "Aesthetically, we were all on the
same page, so at times we could work much quicker by having that
shorthand," Pellington said. His wife, costume designer Jennifer
Barrett-Pellington, was another key player of Pellington's core
team with whom he had worked previously. "We decided to work
with a new editor, Conrad Buff, and a new composer, Angelo Badalamenti,
and I have to say it really worked well, this combination of the
old and the new."
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