About Union Pictures
Union Pictures is one of the leading animal training companies in South Africa. We have been supplying trained wild, exotic and domestic animals to the film and television industry since 1987. We are members of both the Animal Keepers Association of Africa and Paazab.
Based 1 hour from Cape Town on 140ha farm that offers diverse locations as well as a custom built Studio, Union Pictures offers multiple licensed trainer teams with all the animals you may require as well as the Logistical support.
The farm offers over 2 km of river frontage, green meadows year round, African Savannah landscapes, mountainous backgrounds, olive orchards, and to top it off a 30m x 15m studio with hard psych wall, in house power, toilet facilities, showers, kitchen, office space, access to WIFI on demand and much more.
We currently offer 4 trained working cheetah, ostriches, zebra, baboon, fallow deer, meerkats, storks, snakes, a rock monitor, eland, springbok ,lynx and the full farmyard menagerie from peacocks, to turkeys, goats, donkeys, mules, roosters and chickens, ducks, sheep, geese, horses and pigs to name but a few. We also have access to lions, tigers, leopards, camels, llamas and all species of birds and reptiles. If we don’t have the animal you are looking for, we will find it for you.
Luke Cornell owns and lives on the farm with his family, and is supported by trainers of immense experience and talent.
Union Pictures has great working relationships with both the Conservation Authorities as well as the Welfare Inspectors. Our animals are all on permit and our trainers are all licensed.
We are able to look at a story board or feature script and offer you a breakdown of timings and costs. We have our own support logistics for transporting and holding animals on any location. We have done over 40 Feature Films and service on average 150 jobs per annum.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.
Looking for an animal?
We have a number of trained dogs and cats on our books that we use for shooting both ads and movies. The above gallery shows some of our more regular stars, however if you are looking for a different type of animal, please do contact us and we will find what you are looking for.
Most of the dogs can sit, lie down, roll over and shake hands on command. Some of the animals are better trained than others, so please indicate what you would like the animal to do in the shoot in your request and we can make sure that the animal we provide has fitting capabilities.
- Wild at Heart
- Calorie Mate
- Agile Mountain
- One World