The Green Knight (2021)

An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain, King Arthur's reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men.
Full Certification

  Animal Action

Poster for The Green Knight
The Green Knight
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Certification: Full Certification

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. The horses were specially trained “falling horses” and “lay down horses” that fell on cue onto a soft landing area. 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 opening scene where we see a small hut where we see four horses, a goat and a few geese in front, the animals were unloaded from the trailer by their trainer. They were placed on their marks with feed. When the actress walks out of the house, gets on the horse and rides off, she was trained on how to ride the horse.

In the scene where a knight rides into a chamber and challenges the Green Knight, the scene was filmed inside a studio. The floor was covered with rubber for traction. When the Green Knight rears back and rides out, the horse was tacked up at trailer by the trainers. The trainers stood on either side of the corridor out of shot behind pillars and held the lines.

In the scene where Gawain rides out in the valley and passes a flock of sheep, the flock of sheep were herded by shepherd. They were positioned at the side of the pathway and held in position by a shepherd and sheepdog.

The fox was created through CGI

In the scene where the two actors walk down the hallway with the dog following, the food was supplied and fed by trainer. We swept the area for no hazardous materials.

In the scene where the dog sniffs the animal carcass, the carcass was created by the props department.