by VLADIMIR NEGRON
October 11, 2010
OK Go, known for their treadmill-thrilling, karate chopping, paint-splattering viral music videos, have truly outdone themselves with their latest, “White Knuckles.” (Watch the vid in all its wonderful splendor below.) With the help of an ingenious director and an animal director, OK Go and crew transformed a small studio set into a veritable playground for 12 synchronized dogs and a goat -- yep, a goat!
Multicolored wood planks become staircases, trash bin pyramids are toppled, and revolving bar stools showcase a few dogs as if they were some fancy restaurant deserts to go gaga over.
"One of my theories behind this was that the treadmill was great because it was guys on machines, but wouldn’t it be kind of cool if this time the guys were the machines and they’re enabling and operating the dogs,” Trish Sie, who directed the treadmill video and returned for this project (she’s also lead singer Damian Kulash’s sister), told NY Magazine.
However, if not for the help of Lauren Henry, the owner of Talented Animals and head animal trainer for this video, it would not have been possible.
"We spent a lot of time playing with them … Each behavior is part of a whole game they’re playing,” she explained. “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.”
One thing is for sure. We hope those crazy guys from Chicago decide to use more animals for future OK Go videos. You'd be doggone crazy not to.