Night Swim (2024)

Forced into early retirement by a degenerative illness, former baseball player Ray Waller moves into a new house with his wife and two children. Secretly hoping, against the odds, to return to pro ball, Ray persuades Eve that the new home’s shimmering backyard swimming pool will be fun for the kids and provide physical therapy for him. But a dark secret in the home’s past will unleash a malevolent force that will drag the family under, into the depths of inescapable terror.
Full Certification

  Animal Action

Poster for Night Swim
Night Swim
Release Date: January 24, 2024
Certification: Full Certification

In the scene where the family walks through the house and we see a cat walks past and the young actress picks him up, on action the trainer called the cat to her. The cat does an A to B from kitchen doorway through the dining room to the living room and clears frame. Prior to shooting the trainer showed the actress how to hold the cat. On action, the actress picked up the cat and walks off-frame.

In the scene where the cat walks alongside the pool, prior to shooting, the trainers placed puppy pen fencing along the path next to the pool to create a containment area for the cat. The path surrounding the pool was concrete. Just before filming, the trainer brought the cat close to the pool on a leash. The cat was calm, sniffing the area.
On action, the trainer used a green bait stick to cue the cat to go towards the edge of the pool. Once the cat was settled in the desired location the cat leash was removed. Trainers stood on either edge of frame at the fences so the cat could not exit the area. The trainers verbally called the cat to get it to walk towards them a couple of paces. Trainer used the bait stick to coax the cat to stand near the edge of the pool. The cat stood near the edge of the pool looking towards the water.

In the scene where the actors talk in a living room and we see an aquarium with fish in the background, the fish wrangler carried the two beta fish to set in an insulated box. The fish tank used for filming was provided by production and was filled with gravel and aquarium ornaments. The tank was filled with dechlorinated, treated water. Wrangler used a water testing kit and found that the nitrates, ammonia and PH were all within normal/appropriate range. A small filter was turned on to help aerate the water. After the scene the fish were returned to their original area.