Set in the 18th century, Prey tells the story of a Comanche warrior named Naru (played by Amber Midthunder) who must face the Predator after it invades her camp in the Great Plains.
According to Trachtenberg, he realised that they hadn't shot all the footage they needed when filming was over so visual effects supervisor Ryan Cook recommended they use two shots of extra footage from another film he worked on: 2020's The Call of The Wild.
The blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene happens about 45 minutes into the movie after Midthunder's Naru escapes the Predator and swims away down river. The shots that follow are in fact from The Call of the Wild with Midthunder's character added in with VFX.
As part of the director's commentary on the home media release of the movie, Trachtenberg told Midthunder during the scene: "That's not you. That's not even our movie."
Speaking to ComicBook.com about his decision to include footage from The Call of the Wild, the director recalled other movies that made the same creative decision.
"Yeah, literally, we need those things. We need to transition. We only got a little bit, we needed more and Call of the Wild is a 20th Century movie. And I remembered hearing on commentary for Blade Runner that the end of Blade Runner that has Decker driving off into the countryside was because Kubrick let him use the extra footage from The Shining. That already was like, 'Oh, that's the thing we can do.' And our effects supervisor worked on Call of the Wild and he shot second unit, shot the drone footage and was aware of it."
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