7 hours ago
Blue valentine facts:
1. the film was originally set to shoot in spring of 2008, but was delayed due to heath ledger's death. the producers and director delayed the film out of respect for michelle williams, ledger's ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter matilda, rather than going ahead and shooting the film with another actress in michelle's role.
2. the scenes in the 'past' when dean and cindy are falling in love were shot first, in three weeks. after this ryan gosling and michelle williams spent a month together in a rented house to age themselves in preparation for the 'present' scenes. they spent a lot of their time grocery shopping, cooking dinner and learning to pick fights with each other.
3. when filming the argument scenes, derek cianfrance gave instructions to michelle williams and ryan gosling individually without the knowledge of the other in order to create more tension between dean and cindy. for williams, cianfrance would instruct her to try to leave the room, use any way to break out of the argument with gosling etc. for gosling, cianfrance would tell him to use any means to persuade, get williams attention, etc. gosling has stated it was a new and interesting process as it became a tug game on set.
4. for the scene where ryan gosling and michelle williams sing and dance in front of the bridal boutique, the director told them to keep their talents hidden from each other so that when they improvised the scene their revelations to each other would appear spontaneous.