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In most likely, sometime in 2022, Hollywood dog trainers Joel Silverman and Bryan Renfro will be launching a five-day course which is marketed towards professional animal trainers looking to expand their dog training business into the motion picture and television world.
- We are are not looking to train new dog trainers and get them into the film and TV business.
- There are no guarantees, and we are not acting as agents as some people might do.
- We are not looking to teach people to compete with our other movie animal trainer friends and suppliers in the Los Angeles or Atlanta markets. This is why these courses will be taught in cities other than Los Angeles and Atlanta, that we believe might offer a market for this kind of business.
- After being on the road teaching my advanced dog trainer certification courses for the past 4 years and certifying over 400 students, I have met some incredible dogs and trainers.
- Many of these dogs work as good or better than some of the dogs that work in Hollywood.
- These trainers live in cities that do not have established movie animal suppliers and trainers.
- The trainers, amazing dogs, and those cities are who, and where we are marketing to.
- This course will give you an understanding about being on the set by two very experienced professional dog trainers, and will also help you teach your dog things a director or production company might ask of your dog.
The course is taught by professional Hollywood dog trainers Bryan Renfro and Joel Silverman, and they bring to the table nearly 100 years combined experience as Hollywood animal trainers. Both Bryan and Joel not only have experience as animal trainers, but both have an extensive amount of experience as directors as well. Bryan worked as a second unit director at times over his long career, and Joel directed two seasons (52 episodes) of his What Color is Your Dog? TV series. Because of this vast and unique experience they both have, students that go through this course will learn from the perspective and experience coming from both sides of the camera.
You will learn the most common behaviors you might be asked for by a producer or director. Joel and Bryan have always said it is better to bring a dog on the set that has less behaviors and more control, than a dog that has a ton of behaviors but little control.
Getting to know your way around the set, and who is who. It is important to know who the producer is, and who the director is. What is the difference between the first and second assistant director? Who is the associate producer?
Understanding the lingo, and what words are used on the set are essential to being a good movie animal trainer. Also understanding where lights area, the kind of lights, where the camera is, camera lenses, and knowing where the monitor is, can be one of the most important aspects.
The business aspect, and understanding how to set up your business – they will go into trainer rates, animal rates, bidding jobs, and why it is important to have good relationship with other good professional trainers that train animals for film & TV.
You can be the best trainer for film and TV, but if no one knows who you are, what good is all the education? Your dogs are going to be your best form of advertising, and we will go into helping you let people know who you are.
This is a five day in-depth course that will go into all of the aspects involved in understanding what it takes to be an animal trainer from film and television. A handbook will be included for all attendees.
Practical dog training will be a huge part of this course, and attendees are required to bring at least one dog, and up to three. All dogs should have solid basic training, and good sit-stay and down-stay. The dog training portion of the course will take 3.5 days.
- Marks – understanding what a mark is, the different kinds of marks, and how the dog is trained to go to the mark
- Common behaviors – Bryan and Joel will teach some of the most common behaviors that the dogs are asked to perform on the set
- Speed and Attitude – Bryan and Joel will teach the various speeds dogs are going to be needed to move at. They will also show how to create specific attitudes with your dog that the camera can read.
- Sequences – Sequences or behavior chains are essential in understanding how to be a successful motion picture and TV animal trainer. Setting up a lot of “mock” scenes will be a big part of the dog training a few days into the course.
- Eyelines – You will learn the right techniques in teaching the dog to look like he is watching the actor. This will also be applied to when cameras, lights, and other actors are on the set.
- Cues – Understanding that dialogue is often spoken by actors, it is essential the dog trainer teaches their dogs to work off hands cues. Make no mistake though; trainers will always have more control using verbal cues.
Your Way Around the Set
It is essential that trainers that train animals for film and TV have a good understanding actually being on the set. Getting to know your way around the set is probably one of the most important things, and we will cover a lot. Here are just a few things covered:
– The director
– The producer
– The Associate producer
– The difference between a stage manager and assistant director
– What is the difference between a first assistant director and second assistant director?
– Why it is a good idea to become friends with grips and lighting people
Lights …Camera …Action
It is imperative that all trainers that work on the set understand not only dog training, but also lights and cameras. Having a good relationship with crew members will also be a huge help. Not being friendly with crew members can be a huge deterrent in having a successful and enjoyable day for you and your dog.
Commercials – Joel and Bryan have worked on hundreds of commercials and campaigns over their career, and a few of them were some of the highest rated super bowl commercials. Joel was responsible for the coordination and training of the IAMS national commercials and print ads from 1997-2014. Play Commercials >>
Bryan has hundreds of credits as an animal trainer, but here are just a few you might be familiar with:
- Boomer from the TV series “Here’s Boomer”
- Bandit from the TV series “Little House on the Prairie”
- Fred the cockatoo from the “Baretta” TV series
- Trainer of Benji on the motion picture “Benji, the Hunted”
- Bryan was responsible for the dog training and stunt work for the TV series Rin-Tin-Tin K9 Cop which aired in the U.S. and Canada from 1988-1993.
- Joel has hundreds of credits as an animal trainer, but his biggest credit was the trainer of Dreyfuss from the top ten TV series “Empty Nest” from 1888-1992.
Joel and Bryan have worked on dozens of motion pictures over their long careers. For information on all their credits, please check out their IMDb pages:
- IMDb – Bryan Renfro – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0719496/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
- IMDb – Joel Silverman – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0798927/?ref_=fn_al_nm_3
Joel and Bryan will be in St. Louis, Missouri on February 26-28 with Larry Krohn and Jay Jack. Bryan will be speaking for the first 20 minutes, and Joel will be teaching all three days. Please feel free to reach out to them at the event for questions about this course.