Ghost in the Shell

A woman designed to be a cyborg and weapon takes down a dangerous computer hacker.
  • Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt
  • Director(s): Rupert Sanders
  • Producer(s): Ari Arad, Avi Arad, Steven Paul    
  • Screenwriter(s): Jamie Moss
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Check the Gate
  • Release Date: Friday, March 31, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the actor encounters several dogs in an alley and feeds them from a plastic bag, the dogs were brought to the set in an air-conditioned van. Trainers placed the dogs on their marks at one end of the alley. On action, the trainer let them go and run freely to the actor, who fed the dog food from a bag. The dogs ate the food naturally. The street was closed off the traffic.

In the same alley but different scene, the actress walks down the alley, encounters a dog, where she feeds him and the dog licks her face. To accomplish this scene, the trainer had the actress place a buzzer in her pocked. The dog had been trained to walk towards the buzzer when used. When the dog walked towards the actress, they interacted in a natural manner, the dog licked her face. The dog was rewarded with treats after filming the scene.

In the scene where the actress walks down a hallway, picks up a cat and walks into the woman’s apartment, a plastic wire was placed around the base of the set to prevent the cat from escaping. Prior to shooting the scene the actress was given instructions on how to handle the cat. Likewise, the cat and the actress were acquainted with each other before filming the scene.

All the birds in the film were created through CGI.