Our Friend (2021)

After learning that his terminally ill wife has six months to live, a man welcomes the support of his best friend who moves into their home to help out.
Full Certification

  Animal Action

Poster for Our Friend
Our Friend
Release Date: May 12, 2021
Certification: Full Certification

Throughout the film, the main character has a pet dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and 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 when the veterinarian brings the dog out to the family, prior to shooting the scene, the trainer worked coached the actress on how to safely hold and carry the dog.

In the scene when the family walks on the beach with their dog running with them, the actors playing the daughters were shown how to interact with the dog.

When we see actors sitting on the front porch and two raccoons rummaging in the trash, the trainers brought the raccoons to the set, and held them on leashes. The leashes were taken out in the post production process.