The Machine (2023)

Bert Kreischer faces a familial crisis and the arrival of his estranged father when the ghost of his booze-soaked past arrives: a murderous mobster hellbent on kidnapping Bert back to the motherland to atone for his crimes. Together, he and his father must retrace the steps of his younger self in the midst of a war between a sociopathic crime family while they attempt to find common ground.
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The Machine
Release Date: June 13, 2023
Certification: Full Certification

In the scene when the actors knock on the door and the woman opens it holding a dog, between takes, the owner took her for walks through the day, water was offered and she played with the dog during the breaks in the holding room.

In the scene when the actors walk into a bedroom, and man who’s holding dog, throws dog out of the window, prior to filming the dog’s owner and head trainer introduced the dog to the actress that would be holding her during the scene. Production used a stuffed dog toy to set the camera and rehearse the scene with the actors. Prior to action, the trainer placed the dog in the actress’ arms and stood off-camera. On action, the actor has the dog inside the room in his arms, walks in the room holding the dog and approaches the window. At the window he hands the dog off to the trainer hidden behind the couch near the window. It will look like he throws the dog out of the window.

In the scene where the kids run up to a van and pass chickens and a goat in the background, the animals were used to being on set. One trainer led one goat on rope to set, and tied her to a pole in the garden of the house in the background. Rope was comfortably tied to the animal’s neck and gave her enough space to move around. The trainer also brought 2 hens to the garden. Animal handler stood off camera. Hens were calmly grazing in a safe distance from the action.

In the scene where the group of people greet actor and one of them has a pet goat, the actor was comfortable holding the animal. Animal handlers were in costume and stayed with the animals while shooting. Rope was comfortably tied to the animals’ neck and animals were held on rope all the time.