Suburbicon

A home invasion rattles a family in a quiet neighborhood.

  • Starring: Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac
  • Director(s): George Clooney
  • Producer(s): George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Teddy Schwarzman    
  • Screenwriter(s): Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where a kid hands his friend a snake, the snakes were transported to the set in a standard closed terrarium with ventilation.  The animal trainer demonstrated to the child actor how to hold the snake prior to filming the scene. The child actor held the snake with one hand near his pocket to give the appearance that the snake was in his pocket. Then the child actor lifted (appeared to remove the snake from his pocket) and handed the snake over a fence to another child actor. The trainer also determined that the pocket was large enough for the snake to safely be placed in the pocket.

When we see the snake in the jar in the boy’s bedroom, the trainer carried the snake in a carrier to the set and placed one snake into the jar on stood by the bed.  The boy actor was in bed and awakened.  He sat up and looked at his snake in the jar and got out of bed to look at his window.

In the scene when the jar breaks on the floor and the snake slithers away, the scene was shot from under the bed. On action the crew members shook the top of the bed. As the bed was being shook, another crew member dropped the snake jar. The jar purposely broke in front of the camera. They cut camera. The snake wrangler placed the snake on the ground amidst the broken candy glass and spilled gravel from the fallen jar. The snake slithered in the immediate area near the child actor. The wrangler grabbed the snake before he got to the child.

When we see the child holding a jar filled with grasshoppers, trainers provided a glass jar with a screw top lid for the grasshoppers. The lid contained multiple holes to provide adequate ventilation. The animal trainer placed a twig, grass, and plant material from the terrarium in the glass jar.  She then selected 5 grasshoppers and placed them in the jar.  The animal trainer checked the grasshoppers between takes and placed them in the shade when not filming.