The testers' reactions were scored for evidence of awareness and emotional engagement, and the results recorded for this film clip:
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Paddy, Cockerpoo (18 months). Owner: Conor Harte, IPA.
Likes: Action sequences.
Dislikes: Chekhov, Ibsen and anything that involves staying still.
Production highlight: Licking the camera crew.
Ellie, Labrador (10). Owner, Kathryn Patten, IPA.
Likes: Julie London jazz soundtracks.
Dislikes: Moving from the sofa.
Production highlight: a close encounter of the furred kind with Paddy.
Duffie, Lakeland Patterdale (12). Owner: Tessa Gooding, IPA.
Likes: Romantic movies.
Dislikes: Supermarket quality catering on location.
The Film Crew
Director of photography and film editor: Lewis Coe.
Producer-director, scriptwriter and supplier of canine snacks: Carlos Grande.
Camera operator, head of props and provider of poo bags: Conor Harte.
Camera operator, dog handler: Helen Goddard.
Dog handler:Yasmin Elsworth.
Technical set up: Ralph Lock.
The filming was conducted with due regard to the dogs’ wellbeing, with a plentiful supply of food, water, relief breaks and human hugs.
Thanks to all at the IPA who made this experiment possible.
Last updated 11/02/2015