Monday, May 28, 2012

Miami Movie Shoot - Take 4

Photo from
Michael Bay

Believe it or not, it is still Tuesday, May 8th.  Seven was asked to do another scene.  Michael Bay took us to the set bathroom and said that "Tasty Reuben" needed to run into this room, turn around, and look scared.

This is where I do not understand the movie industry and I get the impression it is like this across the board.  We were never prepped for such a scene.  To me, such a scene sounds pretty important to the movie so it would seem wise to alert your animal handlers ahead of time so they could train and practice the scene.  I wonder if directors just dream up these scenes on the set or do they really not think it is necessary to inform the animal talent.

Here is another great example.  A friend of mine shot a movie in New York with her greyhound last fall.  The director wanted the greyhound to sit with her back to the camera and to turn her head back and forth as if she was watching the actor pace the room.  Well...maybe... if you had told her two weeks ago... but it was not going to happen that day.

Luckily, Bay left me with a cameraman so there was no pressure to pull this scene out of thin air in the next minute.  I practiced with a target sitting on the weight scale a couple of times and then using a "go to place" command, I had her lie down on the bath mat.  Thankfully, I was able to talk as they will be adding voice overs and sound later.  As Seven took her place on the bath mat, I would leave the room which would give Seven an alert and concerned face.  It actually worked really well.

So once again, the animal talent is the unsung hero and a greyhound no less.  Able to accomplish scenes in mere moments with no prior practice or prep.  And once again the director does not learn a valuable lesson.

For the next couple of hours, we stayed close to the set just in case we were pulled into another scene.  Even to take Seven out to potty, I had to be followed out by Kevin with his ear piece.  He would be able to wave us back in if Bay called for us.  The crew was very uptight about us getting too far away for even a split second.
Riley - "Are we freakin done yet?"

I was glad I had decided that Riley would stay with us this time.  Last time, she ended up in the van for several hours with Stefanie checking on her periodically.  That was not going to happen again so Denise had Riley with her the whole time Seven was out and working.

At around 8:30 PM, we were wrapped for the day and headed back to the hotel.  Wow! Tuesday is finally over!


jcp said...

Well that's why they call in the best of the best... so they can ask for miracles. Seven is amazing and you are very innovative.

What Remains Now said...

Thank you again for taking us along on your adventure. Wonder if there has ever been a book by an animal handler in the movies. Sounds like there would be a lot of good material. I never imagined the things that come up.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Whew, that was a long day:) So glad you and Seven triumphed. I wonder what else that devious director has got up his sleeve for you both?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like quite the adventure! Thanks for sharing it all with us!

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

I am loving reading about this BUT seriously someone should explain dogs to the director. You two are the true stars!

Love Sue and the Taylor pack xx

needlerest said...

Good to hear Michael Rispoli is still a nice guy. We grew up in the same neighborhood (his family owned the town hardware store) & I'm always pleased to catch him in a movie. Of course the real reason I'll see this movie is for the hounds. :-)

Marcia said...

It sounds like you're the star too, thinking so quickly and professionally on the spot:) Good job:)

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks everyone! Needlrest, very cool to hear about Michael Rispoli. He earned huge points on the last day. He was finally looking clean and alive (Ha!) so I was finally able to get a picture. And he remembered Riley and Seven's names. I was so impressed!

Hiking Hounds said...

So, are you saying Seven's character name is "Tasty Rueben"? :-)