It’s really, really hard to hire a frog
While it may be easy to source child models for an outdoor shoot, pond life can be more of a challenge. Our calls to animal handlers resulted in one unhelpful response of ‘frogs are way too slippery to shoot with’ and another going totally off brief: ‘How about a giant land tortoise? You’ll need at least four strong men to carry it in, but it’ll look great on camera.’ Er, no thanks mate.
Our next thought was worms – the poor man’s frog but better than nothing. Now, where best to dig in the concrete jungle that is EC1A...? Fortunately, a couple of last ditch attempt calls led to an animal handler setting us on the right path. She suggested we get in touch with her son Dean, who she thought might have some frogs. A breakthrough! He had a marsh frog that he could bring to the shoot. Though the fidgety amphibian did come with a warning from Dean: ‘You can’t train a frog, they do what they want.’ And he was right too – not even with treats.