Only The Brave

True story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters, who risked their lives to protect their town from a vicious wildfire.          

  • Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller
  • Director(s): Joseph Kosinski
  • Producer(s): Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Thad Luckinbill    
  • Screenwriter(s): Sean Flynn, Ken Nolan, Eric Warren Singer
  • Distributor: Columbia Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the dog runs up to the window in the bedroom and barks at a helicopter outside, trainer brought the dog to the set and placed him on his start position. The dog was prepped to go to the sliding glass door and bark. On action, one trainer let the dog go, who ran to the window, while another trainer stood just outside the window, calling the dog.

In the scene where the woman takes an abused, emaciated horse out of his stable and washes him, the horse is not actually emaciated (or abused), production made him look like that by using chalk block and painted various parts of the horse to create this look, including outlining his ribs. It was also used on his face and legs to make it look like he had scars. The scars were made from a nontoxic prosthetic material. Prior to shooting the scene the wranglers showed the actress how to handle the horse and lead him by his reins. They also showed her how to wash the horse with soap and water.

In the scene where the couple are on horseback riding across the field, stunt riders showed actors how they rode horses prior to shooting the scene. A truck with a camera was driven beside the horses as they galloped through field. The horses were strategically placed twelve feet away from the camera at all times. The horses were accustomed to working near an insert vehicle. The actors were also trained to ride horses.

In the scene where the actress demonstrated how to train horse to onlookers in a ranch, the trainer led the horse from the pen to the arena. The trainer and actress discussed how to lead the horse prior to filming the scene. The trainer discussed the safe position for the actress to be and what to do if the horse was not responsive. After shooting the scene the horses were given water.

In the scene where the firemen walk in the mountains and a rattlesnake bites a man’s leg, they actually filmed a close-up of a snake biting his own animal handler on his leg while the handler is wearing protective gear on his leg. The handler had a number of rattlesnakes on hand and swapped a snake out every ten minutes to prevent the snakes from becoming tired or overly agitated. A safety meeting was held prior to filming. The crew was located at a safe distance from the rattlesnake. And two additional animal handlers were located just off camera with snake tongs to assist in keeping the snake on its mark and to prevent its escape.  Right after each scene was filmed, the handler placed them back in their own box.

In the closing when we see a silhouette of the horse rearing in the distance, the trainer brought a horse to a ridge line on a rope. The trainer then led the horse to the blue screen which was erected thirty from the horse trailer. On action she let the horse go, and cued him off camera. On command, the horse reared twice.