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Giving credibility to the claim “no animals were harmed in the making of this film,” Director Darren Aronofsky brings the story of Noah’s ark to the big screen using only computer generated imagery (CGI).

Having worked with live animals while producing other films, Aronofsky has witnessed the abuse these animals undergo first hand. According to Aronofsky, “outside moral and ethical issues [using real animals] it’s just a very unrealistic thing to do practically.” Highlighting the amazing advancements that have been made in the world of computer animation, Aronofsky’s film showcases a real movement away from the days of using electric shocks to control animals on set.

Research done by Animal Defender’s International reveals the not-so glamorous side of animals in the film industry, demonstrating how animals are trained to perform through violence and starvation. While there are organizations, like Movie Animal’s Protected, that work to minimize the inhumane treatment of film animals, Aronofsky is avoiding this risk entirely by choosing not to use real animals at all.

The Humane Society of the United States has partnered with Paramount Pictures for the film’s release and has also awarded Aronofsky with the Humane Filmmaker Award!

Aronofsky sat down for an exclusive interview with PETA to discuss his bold vision for the film and what motivated him to use only CGI animals. A true innovator in the film industry, Aronofsky is sure to inspire you with his wise words and amazing vision.

Check out the video of the interview below: