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The Complete Film Production Handbook, 4th Edition by Eve Light Honthaner

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Chapter 14

There’s An Animal In My Film

 

 

“Anyone who hates children and animals can’t be all bad.”

W.C. Fields

(That’s because they always steal the scene.)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

There are several companies that specialize in the training of the animals we see in films, TV shows and commercials. Much more goes into the selection, training and filming of these animals than one would imagine. That’s why the process has to start in the early stages of pre-production. Even animals that just seem to blend into the background and aren’t seen doing anything extraordinary (like cows and chickens) are first acclimated by exposure to faux cameras and lights and a lot of (real) people standing around them before ever being brought to an actual set.

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