this very amazing technique used to film the dog

This Sunday, January 1, 2023, TF1 invites viewers to discover The call of the forest with Harrison Ford and Omar Sy. A film where Buck, fully animated in computer-generated imagery, becomes a sled dog in the Yukon. Find out how the hero of the feature film was filmed.

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To get 2023 off to a good start, TF1 is offering its viewers the chance to watch a new version of The call of the forestthe fifth adaptation of Jack London’s novel. Harrison Ford is a gold digger completely ruined by the game. He goes in search of a treasure in the wild lands of Alaska. He does not venture alone when he boards with him Buck, who wants to become a sled dog in the Yukon. During his journey he encounters Omar Sy, an adventurous postman who travels the icy wastes and braves the dangers to deliver the mail to the gold diggers.

An actor plays Buck the dog

Generally, when the dog is not real, a simple marker is used to digitally add it later. Most often it is a tennis ball. But this time, producer Ryan Stafford decided to call an actor, film him and replace him with animation. The result is Terry Notary, who set out on the adventure. He began his career by joining the Cirque du Soleil troupe before being noticed by the film industry. In particular, he has been a movement coach on various shoots, including planet of the Apes. He observed the monkeys at the Los Angeles Zoo for a long time and then trained the actors. Subsequently, he worked on the productions of X-Men 2 (2003), Superman returns (2006), The Incredible Hulk (2008) and transformers 2 (2009). In 2009, he also worked with James Cameron on the set ofAvatar – the second part of which has just been released and is attracting a large number of spectators to cinemas around the world – where he supervises the actors who shoot thanks to motion capture. Recently he appeared in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 and Boop in 2022.

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The manufacturer of The call of the forestnot very excited about this idea

At first glance, Erwin Stoff, the producer of the film broadcast on TF1 on Sunday 1 January at 21.10, was not convinced by this technique. “It was a strange idea to have a dog played by a man. I didn’t know how the actors would react because they were asked to play against an adult standing on all fours, dressed in a bizarre gray outfit with fake front legswho pretended to be a dog…“, he confided to our colleagues from Allociné. However, the result was fantastic.”It turned out a stroke of genius because Terry Notary delivers a canine portrayal so lived-in that it enhanced all the actors’ performances!”

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