Working with Wild Animals On Set (5 replies and 5 comments)
Hopefully you're staying safe during this time.
Right now, Tiger King is the craze on Netflix right now. Seeing that show made me think if you have any memorable experiences working with wild animals on set and what goes into a day of work working with these animals. (I also ask this question after seeing Jarhead and the scorpion fighting scene). Thanks!
Scorpions like that are not so dangerous and they came with a handler. I came across a number of different Scorpions in the South Sudan. We were sleeping rough and I found some tiny ones under the piece of foam I was using as a mattress. They were almost clear and looked like tiny shrimp. I brushed them aside not thinking they were anything special and went to boil some tea water. There was a big black scorpion beside the kettle and that made me very nervous. A local I was working with laughed. He brushed it aside with a stick and told me to watch out for the tiny clear Scorpions. He said they were deadly.
Well I guess I won't camp at South Sudan then. Animals, especially big ones like horses, bears, etc., must be a trip to film.
my sister works in South Sudan (back home in Australia now during all this) - I've just passed this rather helpful anecdote onto her!
I filmed some Lions on 'Mountains of the Moon' and there were just a few guys bashing sticks on pieces of tin to control them. I think that would be CG these days.
CG has hopefully helped in the animal welfare cause when it comes to movies at least!
Those lions were trained as film animals so they might have had a better life than being prey to poachers and hunters. Sad, some animals only survive in a zoo.
Working with a wild animal on a set isn't much fun. Everyone has to be aware, stay away if they can and definitely keep the noise down. I've worked with tigers, lions, bears, wolves but I think the ones I liked the least were the rattlesnakes.
Is there any advantage using a “live” animal over CG, financial or time saving reasons. Ofcourse, some animals can perform better on the day but some do not,
especially rattlesnakes eg, Jesse James and Komodo Dragon Skyfall.
At least the snakes in Jesse James were real.
The scene with JB in the casino pit with the Komodo dragon, was that CG except ofcourse the two actors. JB does stand on the back of a Dragon so assume the dragon was added in. Daniel is in many newspapers stating that he hated doing all his Bond film roles, which is surprising, considering the millions he made.