Jane Got A Gun

A woman enlists her ex-lover to help her save her outlaw husband from a crew that’s coming to kill him.    
  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton
  • Director(s): Gavin O’ Connor
  • Producer(s): Terry Dougas, Aleen Keshishian, Scott LaStaiti
  • Screenwriter(s): Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis
  • Distributor: Relativity Media
  • Animal Coordinator: Santa Fe Stage Coach
  • Release Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

All horseback riders were stunt riders or experienced actors who were skilled at riding, mounting and dismounting. All running/galloping scenes were well choreographed, and actors used caution while on and near animals. The horse(s) rearing was a trained behavior. When teams of horses pulled wagons or carriages, the drivers were experienced and teams of horses were familiar with each other and accustomed to the pulling action. Whenever horses were seen tied to posts/fences, they were attached to lead ropes tied to posts.

In the scene where we see Jane ride through the canyons, the action for these different locations was the same for all of the horses. Production and the wranglers discussed and then cleared a path so the horses could traverse multiple times safely. Production also filmed the actors riding horses on long paths. 

In the scene where Jane approaches the actor’s ranch and there are chickens in the front yard, production placed feed on the yard prior to shooting to keep the chickens in place. 

In the scene where Jane rides through town past other horsemen and horse drawn wagons, all scenes were performed on a closed set built to resemble a frontier western town. The area of travel had been inspected by the AHA and the wranglers and determined to be free of hazards. Wranglers accompanied each of the horses while on set and stayed with them except during filming, when they stepped just off camera. 

In the scene where Jane gets pulled off a horse from behind, a wrangler pulled a stuntwoman from the back of the horse. 

When the actors see the birds flying in the air the birds were created by CGI. 

In the scene where the actor opens the door and sees the dead bird on the ground, the prop master placed a fake crow on a mark, then he placed fake blood on various parts of the bird. 

In the sequences where we see the posse riding over the fields and plains, production cleared the path so the horses could ride from point A to point B. All horses were fed and watered between takes. 

In the scene where the main actor shoots the man on horseback, the man falls off and the horse gallops off in the distance, a good amount of this scene was filmed with close-ups of the actors and the horses were not even there. When the man falls off the horse, a trainer was off-camera and called his horse to him. The horse responded to the trainer’s voice and ran to him. Wranglers then put the actor’s stunt double on the horse and did take of him falling off the horse. 

In the scene where the man unties a team of horses and runs them off, wranglers prepped the horses to move at liberty from point A to point B mark. Production prepped and practiced during the day so the AHA rep was comfortable with production shooting at night.

In the scene where we see gunfire, the actors used low caliber blanks, and the horses were removed from the scene when possible.