"My wife and my cowriter, Ben Coccio, are from Schenectady. I could never have made this film in any other place," says Cianfrance. "The police department allowed us to shoot in an active police department using real cops, real judges. They were our consultants on set and our actors; we worked in working hospitals with real nurses and real high schools. Bradley Cooper spent a lot of time with cops and Rose Byrne with cops wives."