There are many reasons to see visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s new film, Noah, including its awe-inspiring visuals, epic story, and star-studded cast, which features Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins. But the big reason why we’ll be running to the theaters on March 28 is because when it came to shooting scenes featuring animals, Aronofsky made the forward-thinking and kind decision to turn to computer-generated imagery (CGI). As he explains in this exclusive interview, it wouldn’t make sense to make a film about saving animals while putting real animals in harm’s way on a film set, especially when cruelty-free technology is faster and easier and saves money. Watch now:
Aronofsky’s decision to work with computer-generated animals is both smart and compassionate. Animals used in film and television typically spend their lives in small cages and are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. Many are torn away from their mothers shortly after birth and subjected to abusive training methods, such as beatings, electric shocks, and food deprivation, to suppress their instinctive behavior. Once they grow old and are no longer useful to their trainers, they are usually cast off to seedy roadside zoos or other substandard facilities.
Thanks to advanced technology and caring filmmakers, the suffering of animals for film and television will soon be a thing of the past. Check out Noah in theaters on March 28, and see the future of filmmaking!