TEACHING MRS. TINGLE
About The Design & Production
From the beginning, Kevin Williamson wanted
TEACHING MRS. TINGLE to be as visually jazzy as it is verbally
witty. He also had an image of what he wanted inside Mrs. Tingle's
private residence: lots of surprises. Explains production designer
Naomi Shohan: "Kevin and I discussed what Mrs. Tingle's house
would be like and we figured that the kids would discover in there
a person who had all sorts of facets they weren't expecting,"
The filmmakers chose for Mrs. Tingle an elegant Victorian house
in Pasadena, split by a mysterious spiral staircase - a layout
that matches the constant shifts and turns of plot and ups and
downs of the fate of Leigh Ann Watson and Mrs. Tingle.
In addition to Mrs. Tingle's Victorian house, scenes were also
shot in Rose City High School in Pasadena and Culver City High
School. But no matter where the production was shooting, the scene
became known to cast and crew as "Camp Tingle" - a fun
place where anything could happen, as long as it was clever, funny
Summarizes Kevin Williamson: "There was such incredible chemistry
among everyone on the set, especially the three young stars and
Helen. Helen became a wonderful role model for Katie, Barry and
Marisa. And of course that comes off in the work, in the spirit
of fun in the piece."
With TEACHING MRS. TINGLE, Williamson had his first opportunity
to explore directing - a task at which he appeared to be a natural.
Observes Michael McKean: "Kevin was wide open to the experience
of directing. The really great thing about him is that he clearly
knows his stuff but he's always ready to learn more.
Williamson hopes that's exactly how his young protagonist Leigh
Ann Watson might take on the world - with a willingness to learn
more and go after what she wants. He says: "I hope audiences
find this movie to be funny, wicked and incredibly entertaining
but in addition I hope they take away the idea that we have all
had bad experiences that can later become assets in life. You
can turn the tables."
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