On September 20th we detailed OK Go’s White Knuckles video, amazingly shot in one take. As most of the dogs in this video are rescues, OK Go is donating a portion of all proceeds from the sale of the video on their site to animal rescue. I don’t know who was having more fun, the guys or the dogs.
Lauren Henry, the owner of Talented Animals and head animal trainer for this video, was brought in to make the canine choreography a reality. “They needed to enjoy it,” says Henry. “Otherwise there’s no way you’re going to drag a dog out there and have them do the same action again and again, day after day.”
“We spent a lot of time playing with them … Each behavior is part of a whole game they’re playing,” she explains. “For instance: the dogs running around people’s legs at the beginning. Riot, the little dog on the left, I would have her go around the chair and then I’d throw the ball. Then I would have her go her around the chair twice, and then throw the ball. And then three times, and then add the person.”
Sequestered in a studio outside of Portland for two weeks, the full routine was only completed about fifteen times. “It all gelled the second week of filming. The one we’re using was the first run we did on the second-to-last-day of filming,” Nordwind says. “We’ll work until we fall down, but the dogs needed time to rest. They were done by about 6:30 [p.m.]. They get tired: They want to go home and eat. In that respect I liked working on the dogs’ schedule.”
Now, here is a great video showing a compilation of the outtakes. It actually brings the whole video together to see how it was made. Talk about team work.
I loved this comment from drummerbill805, one of the folks who worked on the video:
I worked on this video and it was amazing!!! I’m the guy tossin buckets on Dan the drummer’s side. The dogs were all incredible and stayed focused all day. Testament to Lauren Henry and Talented Animals—greatest two weeks of work in my entire life.