Filming was to start in but pushed back over rewrites. I couldn't be more wrong for this movie. During two months, he rowed the Ashley River and made furniture. She and Ryan had great chemistry between them. I read the script and went into the audition just two days later. It was a good way to do it, because I was very full of the story. Really, Allie drives the movie. It's her movie and we're in it. It all kind of depended on an actress.
However, none of the filming took place in the Seabrook area. The house that Noah is seen fixing up is a private residence at Wadmalaw Island , South Carolina,  which is another "sea island" locality situated 10 miles closer to Charleston. The house was not actually in a dilapidated state at any time, but it was made to look that way by special effects in the first half of the film.
Contrary to the suggestion in the film's dialogue, neither the house nor the Seabrook area was home to South Carolina Revolutionary hero Francis Marion , whose plantation was actually located some distance northwest of Charleston.
Pleasant , a suburb of Charleston. Others were filmed in Charleston and in Edisto Island. The lake scenes were filmed at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner, South Carolina  with trained birds that were brought in from elsewhere.
The college depicted briefly in the film is identified in the film as Sarah Lawrence College , but the campus that is seen is actually the College of Charleston. Gosling, who delivered a searing and largely unseen screen debut performance in the drama The Believer , is particularly convincing as a young man who charms his way past a girl's strongest defenses.
It doesn't make us fall in love with its lovers. He added about Gosling: These two old pros slice cleanly through the thicket of sap-weeping dialogue and contrivance, locating the terror and desolation wrought by the cruel betrayals of a failing mind. The head-turner is McAdams, doing such a different perf from her top bitch in Mean Girls that it's hard to tell it's the same actor. She skillfully carries much of the film's emotional weight with a free and easy manner. The Greatest Movies of Our Time.