Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Follows a journalist as she covers the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.   
  • Starring: Tina Fey, Martin Freeman
  • Director(s): Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Producer(s): Ian Bryce, Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels
  • Screenwriter(s): Robert Carlock
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Animal Coordinator: Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife, Custom K-9 Performance
  • Release Date: Friday, March 04, 2016

Featured Animal Action

In the scene where the cab drives through the town in Afghanistan and we see a bird in a cage, goats and donkeys in the background, a wrangler put goats and sheet into pens on set. A trainer in costume led the donkey on a rope through the town in the background.

In the scene when the actress looks out of a window and sees two dogs copulating in the backyard, dogs were brought to set on leash by their handlers and their assistants. Dogs were "dirtied" by the handlers using water and some dirt from the ground on set rubbed into the dogs' coats. To achieve the animal action, the handler brought a dog that acts like it’s copulating on command. On the handler’s cue, the dog acted like he was copulating with another dog. They called cut after a few minutes.

In the scene where the donkey kicks and brays, a trainer brought the donkey to the set, put him on his mark, and on his cue, the donkey kicked. When we see chickens in a coop in the background, trainers brought the chickens in an air-conditioned trailer. They put feed in the pen and placed the chickens in the pen prior to filming. 

In the scene where we see a bird sitting on a window sill, the birds used were chosen from a group of birds used for wedding ceremonies and were accustomed to human activities and large groups of people. The birds were brought to set in their covered transport cage by the two handlers. On set, two prop cages were provided by the set dressing crew. Each cage had a water trough which the handlers filled with bottled water. The birds were constantly monitored during filming and placed back in their transport cage after filming. 

In the scene where a man holds a baby lamb, the sheep were moved to the set by the trainers. The sheep were provided with water buckets, hay, and shade was provided by a blanket over the top of one corner of the pen. 

Extras had been specially selected for livestock experience and were given the animals on lead ropes. The four wranglers on set positioned themselves where they could monitor animal action, with the lead wrangler in charge of the horses. 

Sheep action was spontaneous as sheep either stood or lay in their pen. They were not manipulated by crew or handlers to achieve any specific action.

The young sheep were carried by background extras. This was accomplished with the trainer placing the lambs in position either in the extras’ arms in front of him or across the shoulders of the extra. The small and less precocious lamb was only carried in arms. The larger more robust lamb was carried across the shoulders. The trainer Barry instructed both extras in how to hold the lambs. During action, the trainer and the AHA Representative hid in a room viewing the action through a curtain. At cut the trainer immediately unshouldered the lamb. 

In the scene where the actor and actress sit at a dinner table and there’s a dog lying on his feet, the trainer brought the dog to the set on a leash and placed the dog on a down stay on her mark. This scene was rehearsed the day before so the dog had already been given the time to become familiar with the set. The dog had already met the actor and actress and was on good terms with them. After placing the dog on a down stay using verbal and hand signals and gentle contact, the trainer removed the leash and positioned herself to maintain eye contact with the dog just inside the porch screen door. She continued to use hand signals to keep the dog on a down stay next to the seated actor and actress or on the porch alone. Following two takes, she put the dog back on leash and led her off set.