Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

In the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts” JK Rowling’s fantasty world reacquaints us with Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein, not to mention all the amazing beasts!                  

  • Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson
  • Director(s): David Yates
  • Producer(s): David Heyman, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling, Lionel Wigram    
  • Screenwriter(s): J.K. Rowling
  • Distributor: Warner Brothers
  • Animal Coordinator: Steve Dent,Stunt Dogs
  • Release Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

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. 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 when a horse and carriage rides down a city street and it stops in front of a building, the horses were seasoned, trained horses accustomed to working on film sets. The horse crew was allocated in an area near the set where the horses could be prepared and harnessed safely. Once harnessed, the horses were led to set by grooms.

The set was a wide street with tarmac and gravel route to set was checked and walked by the trainer prior to the horses being taken to set. The carriages were pulled onto the set manually and the horses hitched to on the set. On action, the horses were driven 100 feet in a left curve at a jog. On action, the black horses pulling the hearse were driven in the same action as the previous shot.



In the scene where the actor walks through the marketplace, the birds (Finch, Budgies) were transported to the studio having already been placed in their set cages. The larger birds were transferred into the set cages by the trainer by taking each cage into the back of his large van. All the set cages had previously been checked over by the trainer for safety. In the background two extras walk with their dogs on leashes. The dogs were given food and water between takes.