Blade Runner 2049

A young blade runner discovers old secrets which leads him to Deckard. 

  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford
  • Director(s): Denis Villeneuve
  • Producer(s): Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Cynthia Sikes    
  • Screenwriter(s): Hampton Fancher, Michael Green
  • Distributor: Warner Brothers
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, October 06, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the actor places a handful of bugs on the kitchen table, prior to filming the trainer brought the bugs in plastic containers to the set. Then he used a paper towel to pick up five bugs and place them on the kitchen table. After filming the scene, the handler collected the bugs and placed them back in their container.

One of the main characters in the film has dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, walking/running on or off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.

In the scene where the dog licks the whiskey off the floor, trainers placed water on the ground. When the director called action, the trainers cued the dog to lick the water off the ground using hand signals.

In the scene where the dog runs after his owner down the hall, prior to shooting the scene, the handlers rehearsed the run twice with the dog running alongside an extra.

On the take the trainer set the dog on its mark and left the corridor to stand in a doorway out of sight, then the other trainer called the dog towards himself down the corridor towards the camera.

In the scene where the explosion occurred and we see the dog slide across the ground, the dog was led to the set wearing a slip led by her trainer. The trainer asked the dog to lie on her side with her head down. Once the dog was in position, the trainer backed away out of shot.  This was done 2 times.  On the third take, the trainer asked the dog to get to her feet, but then stay in a standing position.  This was done once, with the aim to play the footage in reverse, so the dog appears to fall down, and then lay still.

A sheet of green screen was then laid on the floor where the dog was to lay and the trainer asked the dog to lay on it with her head down.  On action the trainer and a handler lifted the dog to their feet, using their hands beneath the greens screen. For the last take, the trainer and one of the handlers pulled the green screen along the floor slowly in a sliding motion.  This caused the dog to get to her feet, on the slowly moving green screen.  When this is played backwards, it gives the impression of the dog falling over.