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Reindeer for Hire

Date posted: 21.12.2007

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of the shining stars of Christmas. Taking a leading role in film and on the small screen, Rudolph is in high demand this season.

Perhaps best known for his appearances in animations such as the biopic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Movie, as well as The Polar Express and The Fly Who Loved Me. A versatile character, Rudolph has also acted in live action features like Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Throughout Christmas he also crops up in numerous television specials.

It’s not just Rudolph, but all of Santa’s reindeer that get booked up in the holiday season with cameos and guest appearances. If you haven’t got a direct line to the North Pole, and you need to cast a reindeer in your production, then all is not lost. On the Film London directory there are a number of companies that provide animals for the film industry.

Of particular note is the specialist Berkshire based company Reindeer-4hire.co.uk. They provide a host of trained animal actors (not just their reindeer: Belle, Jingle, Crystal, Cracker and Frostie) for film, television and commercial work.

In addition to the reindeer, you are also able to hire Santa’s sleigh and film on location at the premises. You will have seen Reindeer-4hire.co.uk’s animal actors cast alongside humans in a host of productions over the past 25 years such as Midsommer Murders, Waking the Dead and Coronation Street.

Of course, if you are going to be filming with animals you need to make sure that the production follows the Health and Safety Executive guidance. Please refer to Film London’s Code of Practice for further advice.

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