The heartwarming story of August, a boy with facial differences, who enters a public school for the first time.            

  • Starring: Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts
  • Director(s): Stephen Chbosky
  • Producer(s): David Hoberman, Todd Liberman
  • Screenwriter(s): Stephen Chbosky, Steve Conrad, Jack Thorne
  • Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Animal Coordinator: The Woodleys
  • Release Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • 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 where the mother looks at the dog and the dog whimpers, trainers stood off camera cuing the dog to make sounds with hand signals.

In the scenes where the actors walk the dog outside, the trainers showed the actors how to hold the leash. The actors were well acquainted with the dog prior to filming.