Mudbound

Two friends return to Mississippi after serving in WWII only to deal with extreme racism.

  • Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
  • Director(s): Dee Rees
  • Producer(s): Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes
  • Screenwriter(s): Virgil Williams, Dee Rees
  • Distributor: Netflix
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the horse drawn carriage stops in front of the gravesite, the road was sprayed with water prior to shooting the scene. The trainer was hidden and lying down in the back of the carriage to hold the reins when needed or to take control. Actor rehearsed driving carriage with trainer prior to shooting the scene. Horses were fed and watered between takes.

In the scene where a man is digging in a field and sees a girl standing behind a fence with chickens in a coop, prior  to shooting the trainer placed feed around the coop to keep them in place. The chickens were kept in shade and watered.

In the scene where a man leads a mule into a stable, the actor was given the lead rope by the trainer prior to shooting the scene. The mule was kept in a pup tent to keep him cool between scenes.

Later, when we see that same mule, sick, foaming at the mouth, prior to the actor putting him down, the mule wore a harness with a lead rope throughout this scene. Production laid down hay for the mule to lie down on. Soft ropes were used to encourage him to lie down. Props also whipped up an egg white substance to place on his mouth to make it look like foam. Right before shooting the trainer tightened the slack in the ropes, which induced the donkey to lie down. Trainers helped him lie down on the hay. After filming the scene the trainers helped the mule stand back up.

In the scene where the actress grabs a chicken and twists it around until it’s dead, American Humane representatives checked the coop for safety prior to filming. Rehearsals were done with a fake chicken (aka “a stuffie”) prior to filming. The stuffie itself has a turning neck and a fake blood tube connection to the neck. Production sent us the receipts and photos of the fake chicken.

In the scene where the couple make love with the cow in the background, the cow was led to set by the trainer. The cow was then tied to the a secure post in the barn. A feed bin was placed at the cow’s feet to keep him fed and calm. The cow was also in the shade in the stall.