Student Handbook

Animals in Film

< Back

First of all, remember that CalArts’ insurance does not cover animals—any animals, even your own pet. If you intend to use animals in your film you will be required to purchase insurance from a broker.

Working with Animals on Set

Animals are unpredictable. If animals are used in filming, the animal handler should meet with cast and crew and inform them of the safety procedures in effect and answer any questions. Safety meetings should be held when appropriate.

Do not feed, pet or play with any animal without the permission and direct supervision of its trainer. Defer to the animal trainers at all times.

You can download the American Humane Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Entertainment at: http://www.americanhumane.org .