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A group of friends all of whom have troubled lives come together to battle a sinister clown who appears in their lives. 

  • Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard
  • Director(s): Andy Muschietti
  • Producer(s): Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenburg, Roy Lee    
  • Screenwriter(s): Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman
  • Distributor: New Line Cinema
  • Animal Coordinator: Animals on the Go
  • Release Date: Friday, September 08, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the older woman feeds her cat on the porch while it’s raining outside, the cat was acclimated to the working on this particular location house. The cat was introduced to the actress who played the old woman. The cat’s trainer prepared a cat collar with braided fishing line for the actress to hold her onto the porch and she was comfortable with it, didn't resist. The trainer placed the cat on her mark, using food.  On action, the trainer held the cat with food and made funny noises to attract her eye line. 

In the scene where we see the boy in the pen with a flock of sheep, one sheep is in the killing stall, and we see a donkey and two llammas in the background, the trainer moved most of his flock, about 50 sheep, into a pen leading into a squeeze fence to a killing spot. Two veterinarians were on set to make sure everything went okay. The trainer showed the actor how to hold the bolt gun. When the father takes the bolt gun away from his son and shoots the sheep, this was done off-camera, and the sound of the gun was placed in post-production. The bolt gun was never really triggered or shot. When the man opens the chute and we see the sheep run out, a trainer held the sheep, while another trainer opened the chute. On action, the trainer let the sheep go, and it ran through.

In the scene where the cat stands by the garbage can and the man picks it up, places a cat on the wooden shelf, while everyone shoots at him, the trainers prepped the cats for loud sounds by desensitizing them to the loud sounds using wooden blocks and pots and pans. Prior to shooting the scene the trainer placed the cat in the actor’s hands to get them acquainted. On action, the actor picked up the cat and placed him on the shelf. The shots were quarter loads. The trainer placed food on the shelf to keep the cat in place. After shooting the scene, the trainer placed the cat in his carrying case and brought him back to the air-conditioned trailer.

In the scene where we see establishing shots of the old, creepy house and see several shots of rats, one on the ground, one on the piano, the trainers took one rat to the set in a crate. The trainer then scattered food down the keys of the piano. Once the cameras were rolling, the trainer placed the rat on the piano. The two trainers stood on either side of the piano. On action, the rat wandered up the piano, and the trainers would step in and reset her and call her with food. On cut the rat was placed back in her crate.

Rats were cleaned off if they had any cobwebs on them by the trainers then placed back in their large cage.