Wolf Puppets

Wolf Puppets

WHATEVER THE REASON FOR NOT USING A REAL WOLF IN A FILM SCENE IS, WE ACCEPT IT HAPPENS FROM TIME TO TIME. WE CAN ALSO ACCEPT THAT EVERY SHOT IS NOT ACHIEVABLE WITH A REAL WOLF. THIS CAN BE BECAUSE THE PRODUCTION BUDGET DOES NOT STRETCH FAR ENOUGH, OR MAYBE THE LOCATION IS TOO DIFFICULT TO GET A REAL WOLF INTO, OR PERHAPS THE ACTOR IS AFRAID OF WOLVES.

Finding The On Screen Alternative

INSTEAD OF FEELING DEFEATED BY THE CIRCUMSTANCE SURROUNDING THE NON-USE OF A REAL WOLF, WE DECIDED TO EXPLORE THE PROBLEM AND FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT WORK FOR US.

So we designed our own range of Wolf Puppets in a way that enhances our real working film wolves and allows us to offer our clients even more options.
The results have been amazing.

WORKING WITH SOME OF THE TOP PUPPET MAKERS IN THE INDUSTRY, WE HAVE DEVELOPED TECHNIQUES TO MAKE OUR ‘FAKE WOLVES’ LIGHT, HAVE POSITIONAL LIMBS, AND MOUTHS THAT CAN OPEN AND CLOSE WITH ONLY ONE OPERATOR WITHOUT A JUMBLE OF WIRES ATTACHED.

Wolf Puppets Of All Colors

WE HAVE VARIOUS COLORS AVAILABLE: BLACK, WHITE, GREY AND BROWN. ALL ARE LIGHT ENOUGH FOR AN ACTOR TO CARRY IF NEEDED, SOME LAY FLAT ON THEIR SIDE (DEAD WOLF) AND SOME CAN BE POSITIONED TO STAND UPRIGHT (ON ALL 4 PAWS) TO FACE THE CAMERA.

THE SEPARATE HEADS ARE GREAT FOR ECU SHOTS OF A WOLF INCHES FROM AN ACTOR’S FACE. JUST ADD A LITTLE BLOOD AND DROOL AROUND THE MOUTH AREA AND THE RESULTS ARE INCREDIBLE.

Quite often the fake heads are used when filming and tweaked with CGI in post-production to make an eye blink or a nose to twitch just to add an extra layer of realism to the scene.

THE ‘WOLF PUPPETS’ ARE AVAILABLE TO RENT AND ARE TRANSPORTED IN CUSTOM MADE SECURE CASES TO YOUR LOCATION. IF YOU REQUIRE A DIFFERENT STYLE OF WOLF BODY OR HEAD THAT WE DON’T HAVE, JUST LET US KNOW AND WE CAN HAVE IT FABRICATED FOR YOU PROVIDED WE HAVE ENOUGH NOTICE.

Each ‘wolf puppet’ is rented with the additional cost of the performer required to handle it and make it ‘come to life’ for the cameras.

All our puppeteers are professional union members of ACTRA and SAG-AFTRA. So please enquire regarding details on Performer Contracts as per Union regulations.

The one thing we believe at Instinct is this:
There is always a way to make any situation work!