Love, Simon

Simon Spier covets a secret from everyone in his life, he’s gay. When the secret is leaked, Simon is forced to confront his own identity.

  • Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel
  • Director(s): Greg Berlanti
  • Producer(s): Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Isaac Klausner
  • Screenwriter(s): Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
  • Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, March 09, 2018
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

Throughout the film, the main character has a pet dog, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and walking/running on or off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.

In the scene when Simon comes home, walks into his room and his dog follows him, prior to filming the props department placed a dog-bed in front of the closet. When filming was set to begin, the trainer walked the dog to set. Once on set, the trainer removed the leash and introduced the dog to the actor playing his owner. The actor kept several treats in his pocket during filming. The trainer stood off camera cuing the dog with hand signals. On action, after the actor walks into the room with the dog, the trainer cued the dog to lie in his bed, which he did.

In the scene when the actor makes an announcement on the football field and releases a few doves from a box, four doves were brought to set. The doves were never actually released as the scene was filmed after dark. The live doves were simply held in two fancy cages. CGI effects will create the effect of the doves flying out of the cages. Filming occurred in a high school football stadium at night. When filming was set to begin, the trainer placed two white doves into each of the two fancy bird cages provided by the props department. These cages opened from the top and had a perch attached to the floor covered in plastic greenery. For added security, the trainer had one zip-tie placed on each bird cage. When filming began, the actor gently picked up the bird cages then gently placed both cages back on the ground and pretended to open them one at a time. In reality, the cages were not opened during the scene and the flying doves will be added with CGI in post production.

When Simon watches a home video and we see a puppy released from the animal carrier, the puppy was a trained dog prepped for the action required. The owner/trainer was present during filming. The puppy was introduced to the actors prior to filming and they were given instruction on how to properly hold and play with the puppy. On action the actors opened the carrier and the puppy ran out to greet the actors. The puppy was given treats after the scene was filmed.