Captive State

Set in the future, after our planet has been taken over by extra-terrestrials, the world is split into two warring factions: the collaborators and the escapees.
  • Starring: John Goodman
  • Director(s): Rupert Wyatt
  • Producer(s): David Crockett, Rupert Wyatt
  • Screenwriter(s): Erica Beeney, Rupert Wyatt
  • Distributor: Focus Features
  • Animal Coordinator: Animal Talent of Chicago
  • Release Date: Friday, March 15, 2019

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the actor takes a pigeon out of its cage, we checked the coop prior to shooting the scene. There were three trainers on set handling pigeons. One trainer inside was the coop hidden. Two trainers stood outside the coop with a net, while a monofilament line was attached to the birds. The front opening was closed off to prevent the pigeons from escaping. On action, the trainer lightly tossed the pigeon towards the landing. Once the pigeon landed, the actor picked it up.

In the scene when the man opens a door, sees a dog on a cot, and the man puts a leash on a dog and led him out of the room, the trainer prepped the actor prior to filming on how to interact with the dog. Before the the scene, the trainer placed the dog on his mark on the bed in the back porch and hid off camera. On action, the actor called the dog to the threshold of the kitchen, leashed the dog and then proceeded to walk the dog.

In the scene where a man places a small electronic bug on a rat, the trainer carried the rat inside a carrier to set. Prior to action, he removed the rat from the container and fitted a small harness onto the rat. He then reintroduced the young actor to the rat and gave him instruction on how to handle him. On action, the young actor, carried the "bloodied bug" from the operating table to the counter, removed the rat from the box, attached the "bug" to the rat’s harness and then leaned down and pu the rat through the hole in the floorboards into the trainer’s hands.

In the scene where the actor walks into a church and sees a horse, the trainef led the horse with a lead rope up the ramp into the church, to the horse’s mark in the front corner of the church. The floor was tested prior to having the horse come to set. The trainer then tied the horse's lead to the cross and moved the horse into position on the mark. She also brought hay and grain with her to be used by the actor to hand feed the

horse. On action, the actor walked towards the horse, petted him and fed him hay and or grain. Then the church door opens, the actor turned, faced the door, the horse was stationary throughout the take.

Due to limited resources, American Humane did not monitor some of the dog action.