How Bugs Are Trained For TV And Movies | Movies Insider


– [Announcer] Some of the
biggest stars in Hollywood are some of the smallest
creatures on the planet. Real live insects like spiders,
locusts, and butterflies play crucial roles in many
memorable blockbuster films. But getting them to perform
on camera is no easy task. – Rosie, lift up your leg. This leg. Come on. Oh see, she did this one. Oh, there she goes. And that’s just a little trick
of putting a little pressure on her back leg that causes
her front leg to come up. – [Announcer] That’s Steven Kutcher. He’s an entomologist and the go to guy for all things bugs in Hollywood. He’s worked with a variety
of insects on over 100 films in his career including
“Arachnophobia,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Spider-Man.” – Understanding insect
behavior is really the key. It’s not training them
because you don’t have time to train them in the film industry. When you work with insects,
you wanna corral the insects. You wanna be able to control them. – [Announcer] He’s used a
number of different techniques to get the bugs to move
in the right direction involving lights, air, and temperature. – Let’s say you’re a bug. How can I make you move? Well, I could blow air at you,
like 60 miles an hour air. You’re going to move. I could light a little fire under you or set you on something that’s really hot. You’re gonna get up out
of your seat and move. I could chill down the room. – [Announcer] For
example, let’s take a look at one of the most famous
and terrifying spider films of all time, “Arachnophobia.” – The great thing about that
film was it was before CGI. So we had to do everything
real except for one shot. – [Announcer] He devised
a clever yet simple rig to get all the spiders
where they needed to be. – They would say, “We want a
spider to crawl into a slipper “from four feet away.” So I came up with this idea
of invisible vibrating wires. Chance of vibrating wires
that you couldn’t see, the camera couldn’t see. But I could make the spider
go directly to the spot I wanted it to go. – [Announcer] Kutcher’s
first big Hollywood gig was on the “Exorcist II”
and it involved working with three thousand live locusts. – There’s a scene where
James Earl Jones has to look at a cage of locusts and the
locusts were all on the ground. But how do you move hundreds
of locusts up on the screen? I said, “Get a light, a studio
light that gives off heat “and shining against
the side of the cage.” And they did and all the
locusts moved up onto the cage to be near the heat. Then they took the light away. – [Announcer] In “Jurassic Park,” Kutcher was the man responsible for the iconic dead mosquitoes in amber. – So it’s supposed to be a mosquito. First, it’s really a crane fly. And I put antenna from another
insect on the crane fly. I took a bent insect pin and
made it for its mouth part. I created the wings. – [Announcer] And he
worked with a live mosquito in the DNA Explainer video. – So I would chill the mosquito down so that it wouldn’t move. And then I would drip honey on it. And then it got tumbled
down with the honey. – [Announcer] In the
2002 movie “Spider-Man,” there’s a scene where Peter
Parker first gets bitten. Kutcher was actually above Toby
McGuire with a paint brush. – And what the spider
will do is it will crawl along the edge until it reaches this part and then it will hang on. And I would just tap it
like this which would cause the spider to web down. – [Announcer] While he says
he rarely ever gets bitten or stung, he takes precautions to protect the other human actors. In “Roadhouse 66,” Judge
Reinhold is driving a car and I had to have a scorpion
crawl over his shoulder. So I put a little cap on
the scorpion’s stinger that looked like the stinger
so it wouldn’t hurt him. – [Announcer] And there’s
also a rule on set that no bugs are hurt during production. – In making of a movie,
you can’t harm a cockroach, or a fly, or a maggot. But if the fly flies to craft
service, you can swat it. – [Announcer] He can get some of his bugs from pet suppliers, but most he goes out and collects himself. And Kutcher’s home is also
full of bugs, by choice. – Right now, I have mosquitoes,
crane flies, caterpillars in my refrigerator. The world is filled with
people who do not like insects which is a great opportunity
to teach those people the joys and wonders of all
of the arthropods in the world and how you can relate to them. And when you understand how they work, the world is a better place. (upbeat happy orchestra music) – To make the spider go,
I just tap her back legs. And this gets her to crawl up. To make her stop, I cover her eyes. She has eight eyes. She’s just looking for a dark place.

100 thoughts on “How Bugs Are Trained For TV And Movies | Movies Insider

  1. Why on earth would you ever for any reason want to have a MOSQUITO as a PET
    could not IMAGINE a worse pet
    Bites you and itches like crazy for days, boring, impossible to keep track of, likely to be absentmindedly swatted, and dies within a few days.

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  3. No harming bugs? Did the mosquito from jurassic park not drown in honey or something? Also who cares they're bugs but whatever.

  4. I found he's kind and smart also talented Why people try to make fun of others to get LIKES so much These days

  5. it's inhumane to kill bugs on the set, instead we set them on fire, blow them with hard wind, freese them, graze them with honey, and squeeze their body until they raise a leg or two

  6. People that say bugs are nasty I have story so I was scared of spiders a spider was crawling on me I screamed but It just walked across my arm and never bit me I killed it though because i was scared but now it does not matter if they crawl on me

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