Thank You For Your Service

A group of soldiers return home from Iraq and struggle to integrate in civilian life.             

  • Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett
  • Director(s): Jason Hall
  • Producer(s): Jon Kilik    
  • Screenwriter(s): Jason Hall
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Theatrical Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Rating: Outstanding

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the actors drive through the woods and see dogs near the entrance of a party, the trainer placed the dog on a stand stay next to an extra. The extra held a rope and pet the dog. The trainer placed another dog in the vicinity and scattered food on the ground to keep him in place.

In the scene where the actors walk into a garage where a dog fight is taking place, the director filmed the scene in quick cuts to make it look as if the dogs were actually fighting. Prior to shooting the scene, the trainers were in the ring with the two dogs. The trainers riled them up and let them go. The dogs started playing. The dogs were conditioned to playing in this fashion. On cut, the dogs were placed back on their leashes. The dogs in the cages in the background were given food and water and constantly checked if they were okay.

In the subsequent scene where the actor finds the injured dog in the brush and picks him up, prior to shooting the scene production applied fake blood to his face and coat. The dog’s trainer placed her on her side and cued her to keep her head down. Once she was placed on her side the props department placed fake guts by her stomach. The actor was instructed by trainers how to approach the dog and pick her up. After they cut camera, trainers rewarded her with treats.

When the actor places the same injured dog in the back of his car, hears thugs approaching him, and takes off, prior to shooting the scene, the trainer placed the dog in the actor’s arms. She cued her to stay and to keep her head down. On action, the actor walked to the car, carrying the dog, and lay her gently in the backseat. The trainer then secretly removed her from the car’s other door. The actor slammed the door and got into the driver’s seat.

In the scene where the actors clean the dog’s wounds while lying on a table in a garage, the director used very close-up shots of the dog, the rest of the scene was done with a fake dog. Prior to shooting the scene the trainer placed the dog on the table and gave him cues her to put her head down. While the actor pets the dog, the other trainer stands next to the camera for eye-line and gives her treats. Once they cut camera, the dog was given treats and taken for a walk.