Pop bandOK Go's already known for its intricate, delightful music videos, but their latest musical stunt has an Oregon link. The video for "White Knuckles," which premieres today, features a dozen Beaver State dogs, who perform routines with the band members and pretty much steal the spotlight.
Turns out that all the animals are part of Lauren Henry's Corvallis-based agency Talented Animals, which has provided trained dogs and other animals for Hollywood and TV productions including Twilight: New Moon and Extraordinary Measures. Henry met the director for "White Knuckles," Trish Sie (who directed the quartet's ridiculously popular treadmill video in 2006 and is also lead singer Damian Kulash's sister) while working on a different project and the two have been planning the video for more than two years. The OK Go video was actually shot in a studio outside Corvallis.
"All the dogs are from Oregon," Henry told WW. "We had a spectacular time." She was tight-lipped with more details about the shoot, since the video gets its TV premiere on The EllenDeGeneres Show today at 3 pm. She promises more behind the scenes details after the TV show airs.
[I actually caught the local link while reading a post on excellent New York magazine culture blog Vulture (thanks!). Check out their interview with director Sie when you get a sec.]