The site where most of the interior scenes were filmed was located at the corner of Selma Ave. and Vine St. in Hollywood. The building one block south, at Sunset Blvd. and Vine, is now occupied by a Chase Bank. The building was originally designed as a Home Savings Bank in the 1950s by Millard Sheets Studio (one of nearly 100 in the Los Angeles area designed by the firm). A mural on one interior wall, by Sheets, commemorates the production by depicting four scenes from the film.
The Motion Picture Patents Trust, headed by Thomas A. Edison, was at that time engaged in an attempt to control all motion picture production in the U.S., and went to great lengths - often including destruction of property and physical violence - to do so. The Trust was based on the East Coast, which is why many independent producers, such as Cecil B. DeMille, began shooting their films in California. The Trust's intimidation tactics probably explain why DeMille - who was one of their most vocal opponents - put no cast or crew credits on this film.
Interiors were filmed on an open-air soundstage, built off of a barn. The L-shaped barn was built in 1901 and stood on the corner of Selma and Vine Streets in Hollywood. The stage was connected to one wing of the barn which was destroyed by a nitrate fire in 1918. The main portion of the barn has survived and now stands across the street from the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl. The barn serves as the home of the Hollywood Heritage museum.
The original studio facilities for Paramount Pictures grew out of the barn on the corner of Selma and Vine streets. When Paramount moved to its current site in 1926 (further east, off of Melrose Avenue), they brought the barn with them.
In order to secure the services of stage star Dustin Farnum, director Cecil B. DeMille offered him a quarter interest in the new Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company in lieu of salary. Farnum declined the offer and was salaried at $250 per week, good money for 1913. The Lasky Company later merged with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players, Bosworth Pictures, and the Pallas/Morosco Company to form Paramount Pictures. Farnum's decision netted him $5000 but ultimately cost him millions.
Actor Dustin Farnum was originally offered profit participation but then requested $5000 instead. In order to raise that capital Samuel Goldwyn traveled the country and sold the rights to the film to exhibitors before a single frame had been shot, making this the first film to pre sell the rights before production.