“I Don’t Even Smoke” by Stick and Poke (2016)
For this one, I flew out to Vancouver to hang with the wonderful people of Stick and Poke. I’d compare it very closely to the last Mischief Brew music video, with a much smoother execution. For that video, we didn’t rehearse the blocking as much as we made it up as we went. The actions in the background for that one were generally made up for each take. For this one, we actually spent an entire night rehearsing, running through several takes so we’d have it down pat when people showed up, and generally stuck to that pretty closely while shooting.
Originally our takes were coming in a bit fast, but once we really slowed down and paced ourselves through the house, we started nailing it. The Mischief Brew video took 14 complete takes, so the goal was to finish it in less than that. In the end we had 13 takes, 5 of which were passable as final cuts, and we narrowed it down to this one from there!