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Filming the Wolf

March 6, 2013 - Elyse Cushman

Wolf Blog Photo


So we had our date, our equipment, and transportation all set for filming. The day came and we made our way to Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, which was a little bit past Grants. Once we got there we had to sign waivers and go over safety rules. The employees and handlers at the sanctuary were extremely organized and helpful.

It did take us awhile to figure out where we were going to shoot. Another wolf that did not want to be moved was occupying the enclosure that we were originally going to shoot in. This obstacle and others would arise from shooting a live animal, but we had expected hiccups like this from filming a wild animal. You can only get what you can get and make it work.

Leighton is the founder of the Sanctuary and is basically in charge of what we were and were not allowed to do. He introduced us to Rory and his beautiful wolf Zoerro. Zoerro seemed shy at first, but during the day he got a lot more comfortable with us, particularly our Producer. Both Leighton and Rory were extremely helpful with the filming. They were able to direct Zoerro to do exactly what we needed him to do and our Videographer got some amazing footage. 

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary was nothing but wonderful to our crew. They were helpful and informative as well as generous and kind throughout the entire process. Zoerro had done an amazing job and overall it was an amazing experience for all of us.

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