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Lights, animals, ACTION!
Greg Tresan, owner of Animal Casting-Atlanta, poses
with Lion and Bright, a pair of oxen who have appeared
in such productions as the CW's "The Originals."

Animal Casting-Atlanta helps critters prepare for their close-ups
By Pamela A. Keene * Photos courtesy of Animal Casting-Atlanta

I

t all started nearly 30 years ago with Jumpin' Jess,
an Australian shepherd touring the country with
her owner, Greg Tresan. From their home base in
the San Francisco Bay area, they traveled from city to
city, where Jess performed as one of the nation's top
competitive Frisbee dogs.
Tresan started training Jess when she was
a puppy, and her talent for high jumps, tricks
and catching Frisbees in midair put them on the
competitive circuit in the late 1980s.
"Someone in marketing saw us and put us in a
commercial for Little Debbie Snack Cakes," he says.
"Jess was a great Frisbee dog, and the production
company that did the Little Debbie commercial liked
us, so we had good work."
He soon realized that learning more about
animal behavior would be helpful to his career, so he
took jobs in Connecticut and Virginia training dogs
and running a commercial kennel. In late 1992, he
moved to Ball Ground to open Atlanta DogWorks

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Inc., a canine kennel and obedience school that he still operates.
Tresan met his wife, Carol, when she was training horses
and competing in equestrian events. They married in 2002, and
in 2012 they opened Animal Casting-Atlanta to broaden the
scope of their business and build awareness of their film work.

A menagerie of talent
Today, Greg and Carol Tresan live on a 15-acre farm in Ball
Ground with their 14-year-old daughter, Devon, and Animal
Casting-Atlanta's menagerie of creatures, which includes a pair
of Canadian lynx, opossums, a turkey named Pilgrim and a few
prairie dogs in addition to cats, dogs, horses, pigs and other
farm animals.
Caring for the animals is a 24/7 operation. On top of that,
they regularly field requests from directors and producers for
unusual animals like rattlesnakes, elephants and even
Madagascar cockroaches.
As the film and television production industry grew in
Georgia, so did their business.



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