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Painted Albino Prop Animals

Use albino animals and colour them for movies and television
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I was watching a TV programme yesterday with a spotted snake in it, and it was clearly supposed to be venomous. It would be unfortunate for actors to be bitten by venomous snakes, gored by bulls or eaten by tigers while working. Therefore, I propose that albino animals be used as stand-ins for dangerous or hard to obtain animals which look similar and painted or otherwise coloured to resemble their less available or safe counterparts. This could be applied to fish and snakes at least, and possibly some others. Probably not bulls though. Also, animals could be dressed up in more dangerous animal suits like humans dressed up as gorillas and the like.
nineteenthly, Aug 02 2015


       With modern mastery of images via digitalization and computers, real animals don't have to be used at all. See any number of recent movies with dragons or dinosaurs in them.
Vernon, Aug 02 2015

       So, stunt animals. Trained and being paid to protect the real animal actor from possibly being injured and stopping movie production.   

       I like the concept, but think a more focused category would be appropriate.
normzone, Aug 02 2015

       I was stumped on category. This just seemed the least worst. As for CGI, whereas a good actor can presumably do a convincing job without having the actual prop in front of them, not everyone is a good actor and it's sometimes nice to know the actual thing really existed rather than being virtual.
nineteenthly, Aug 02 2015

       Was this not fully baked in the 1950's? Back then, trick photography and rubber prosthetics were enough to turn a foot-long iguana into a completely convincing 50ft dinosaur.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 02 2015

       Ahhh, the iguanas. Who can forget Arlene Dahl screaming photogenically while being "menaced" by a rather puzzled iguana with spines glued to its back ? Actually, she was quite safe, because the iguana could only move in slo-mo ...
8th of 7, Aug 02 2015

       No no, [8th], you're mistaken. That one was real - I saw it with my own eyes.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 02 2015

       No. An iguanadon is an academic who studies iguanas.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 02 2015

       Well, lets see...   

Culture:Art:Genetic (or Visual, or Replica)
Science:Health:Accident Protection

       Hmm, you're right, difficult to select an optimal category.
normzone, Aug 02 2015

       Well, at least it's not in Other:[General] ....
8th of 7, Aug 02 2015

       True dat.   

       How about Movie:Stunt Double:Lethal ?
normzone, Aug 02 2015

       Lethal for the double or the others?
nineteenthly, Aug 03 2015

       How much would you pay them, I wonder, and in what denomination? Snake coins, snake bills, snake pesos? Just curious. It's not like I want to be a snake agent or nothing...but 30% sounds fair to me, just saying.
blissmiss, Aug 03 2015

       Snake oil?
nineteenthly, Aug 03 2015

       If I ever encounter any snakes in need of an agent, I shall be sure to send them your way, [bliss]. However, your market is limited. Have you considered expanding to handle amphibians?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 03 2015

       Albino animals are less dangerous / venomous? More prone to sunburn possibly but I am skeptical about the rest.
bungston, Aug 05 2015

       I know several snake lawyers. Perhaps they could assist?
RayfordSteele, Aug 05 2015

       I had in mind something like an albino grass snake with a zig- zag on its back and a V on its head. I'm not big on snakes because I find them mysteriously boring.
nineteenthly, Aug 05 2015

       Incidentally, Lassie was played by eleven different collies in the various TV series and films. All but the first were pure white (though not, admittedly, albinos), and their fur was dyed to produce a consistent set of markings.
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 09 2015


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