Trivia: There was an alternate scene filmed for the Pilot Presentation, where Tamara is first introduced in the Video Store with Pacey and Dawson. In this alternate scene; the location was an actual Video Store located in Southport, about 50 miles away from Wilmington, NC. They decided to reshoot the scene using a smaller Video Store in Wilmington that didn't look like a chain. Once the show was picked up for a Series, they needed a Video Store location that they could use easily every week. Also, in the alternate scene Tamara is wearing a more conservative outfit of black that covered her quite a bit. They put her in a much sexier dress for the aired version. Tamara's wardrobe and the location were changed to give a better tone to the show.
Trivia: The scene where Jen is in Dawson's bedroom for the first time and Gram's calls for her, the woman standing in the doorway was not Mary Beth Piel. She was a stand-in, as they hadn't cast that character when the scene was shot. This is also evident in the scene where Dawson and Jen are standing outside of Jen's house after their "date".
Trivia: When Dawson and Joey are watching his mother on the News, it was filmed at an actual local TV station. The man playing the Co-Anchor was an actual Weatherman. Also, when he speaks at the very end of the scene, it isn't the actor's actual voice, it was dubbed. (00:14:50)
Trivia: During the narrative for this episode, Kevin Williamson mentions that the show "Dawson's Creek" was originally written for North Carolina. Because they didn't want a Southern show, they came up with Cape Cod area outside of Boston. But during the Winter episodes, it's hard to get snow in the water in the real location of Wilmington, NC. (00:19:25)
Trivia: When Dawson walks into Mr. Gold's film class, he passes by a large movie poster on the wall by the door. This is the movie poster for the film "I Know What You Did Last Summer," which had the screenplay written by Kevin Williamson, Writer and Creator of "Dawson's Creek." (00:20:45)
Trivia: When they first show the "Capeside High School", the scene was shot at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, for the pilot presentation. The real high school was never used again after that episode. Also, several of the classroom scenes in the pilot were shot in that real high school, including Ms. Jacob's English class with Pacey, and the science lab with Jen and Joey. (00:18:20)
Trivia: When the kids all go to the Movies, they approach a small entrance to the Rialto Movie Theater. This was not an actual Movie Theater entrance, it was a phony set constructed for the scene. The phony marquee was actually supposedly a Real Estate Office down in Southport. The inside of the Movie Theater, however is much larger and is actually an auditorium called Thalian Hall, located in Wilmington, NC. This location doubled as the local "Movie Theater" in the show until they tore the Rialto down. Also, in the Season 2 Premiere episode, Dawson and Joey go on their first date to this same theater. (Run Time 26:16) The shot of the outside marquee is again a phony set. The title of the film "The Last Picture Show" was not real, but actually computer-generated special effects on the actual marquee. (Run Time 33:29). (00:32:00)
Trivia: During the scene when Dawson rides up on his bike to talk to Joey walking along the road, they filmed the Dawson side of the scene in downtown Southport, and the Joey side of the scene in a Marina about a mile away. Southport, and the location of this scene was where they filmed "I Know What You Did Last Summer", a film that Kevin Williamson wrote the screenplay for. (00:26:45)
Trivia: There was an alternate ending filmed for the original Pilot Presentation. In that ending, Dawson looks over from his bedroom window and sees his Mother kissing the Anchorman, and realizes she is having an affair. It was decided to not use that ending; because they wanted to use the storyline of Dawson finding out later in the show, for more episodes.
Trivia: The scene where Dawson walks in on his Parents in the living room, was shot with a different Actor playing Dawson's Dad for the Pilot Presentation. They recast the role once the show was picked up by the Network. Also, this alternate scene was actually filmed in the real location of Dawson's house. The two alternate scenes with the fake "Dad" were the only scenes filmed in the real house they used for Dawson.
Trivia: When Jen comes through Dawson's bedroom window (near the end), a GhostFace mask from the "Scream" series can be seen on the shelf Dawson uses for his movie props. One of the "Creek" creators, Kevin Williamson was the independent writer of the original "Scream." It's even plausible that this is an actual mask from the movie.
Trivia: Kevin Williamson mentions during the Narrative for this episode that he grew up in a small town in NC that had a real Dawson Creek. After the show "Dawson's Creek" became really huge, they put up a sign for Dawson Creek in his hometown, but the sign kept getting stolen all the time. (00:26:10)
Trivia: In one scene, Jen is talking to a stranger on the phone, who at one point says, "How's your grandfather?" This prompts Jen to check on her sick grandfather. This line was a reference made by co-creator, Kevin Williamson, to the original "When a Stranger Calls." Williamson used films like "When a Stranger Calls" and "Halloween" for the basis of his film "Scream," which happens to be the beginning premise of this episode.
Trivia: One of the creators, Kevin Williamson, had the set dressers put up/move around an "I Know What You Did Last Summer" poster in various sets in the first season (sets include: Dawson's bedroom, the "Play It" video rental store, and Mr. Gold's film classroom). Williamson was the screenplay writer of "I Know What You Did Last Summer," basing it on Lois Duncan's novel of the same name. The poster was used in Dawson's room because Steven Spielberg wanted his own posters limited to at least two in each set.