About // Official History of the Mischief Series
Dustin was fresh out of film school and worked at a video duplication company in Rockville, MD. A month after Nopi, Sean contacted Dustin to see if he would be interested in producing a street racing movie based on his “ACCLR8″ movie. Sean wanted Dustin to re-edit his movie by leaving out the car show footage but keeping in all the street racing and car stunt antics. This new movie would become a “Porn Star Clothing” street racing movie. Dustin loved the idea but was not happy with the terms Sean presented to him and turned down the offer.
A few months later, Sean got back in touch with Dustin. He informed Dustin that he sold Porn Star Clothing. Sean wanted to start up a tuning company called Teckademics. He wanted Dustin to produce a street racing DVD series for Teckademics and presented him with an agreement that he could not refuse. Dustin immediately quit his dead end job and started to re-edit “ACCLR8″. Dustin took out the boring footage and added new footage and new music. He kept the editing and graphics very simple and basic (modeled after an old skateboarding movie that Sean produced in the late 90s). Dustin called this new movie “Mischief” (based on the name of a chapter in “ACCLR8″) and the rest is history.
Sean and Dustin wanted to launch a raw and gritty film series that would document the real underground street racing lifestyle. When the first “Mischief” was released in 2002 movie critics described it as “Jackass” meets “The Fast and The Furious.” With the help of viral marketing from Dado and his company DTMPower.net, the Mischief series became one of the best selling Special Interest DVDs series in the world. By 2005, the series had five titles on the Billboard Top 10 Sports DVD sales chart. Video clips taken from the series was featured on national networks including MTV, MTV2, FOX, and CMT. The TV show “Dateline” on NBC even featured a story on the Teckademics and the “Mischief” series.
The first “Mischief” was released in April of 2002 and was the first mainstream movie documentary about modern illegal street racing in the US. “Mischief” was also released as a bonus DVD in a limited edition “2 Fast 2 Furious” DVD set released in 2003. Over 200,000 DVD copies sold worldwide.
“Mischief 3000″ was released at the end of 2002. It became one of the Top 10 best selling Special Interest DVDs in the world in 2003. Rapper 50 Cent was a huge fan of the movie. 50 Cent and Diplomat Records tried to organize a cross-country rally with Teckademics that would be similar to the Gumball 3000 rally. After months of negations, Teckademics pulled out of the deal. Over 300,000 DVD copies sold worldwide.
“Mischief Destroy” was released in 2003 and documented the Players Run, a six day cross-country rally from Los Angeles to Miami. Guest starring Danger Erhen from “Jackass”. Over 150,000 copies sold worldwide.
“Mischief Invasion” was released in 2004. It was the first “Mischief” movie filmed outside the US. The movie documented the Cannonball Run Europe rally (UK to Morocco to UK). Sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.
“Mischief V Dynasty” was released in March 2005. It was the first “Mischief” movie to be signed with Sean’s new company, Destroy Entertainment, and distributed by Warner Music Group (WMG). The movie featured the 2004 Players Run rally – New York to Los Angeles. The rally organizer only allowed 20 minutes of the PR rally to be featured in the movie. No explanation was ever given by the rally organizer. “Dynasty” became Destroy Entertainment’s best seller and was re-released in 2010 together with “JDM Mischief 2″. Over 300,000 copies sold.
“Mischief Assault” was released in 2006 under Destroy Entertainment and WMG. The Casino Run rally in Canada and the Candy Run stripper rally in Europe were both scheduled to be featured in the movie. Both events were canceled due to lack of participants. Guest starring Tyson Beckford. Over 60,000 copies sold.
Dustin left Teckademics at the end of 2007 and continued producing the “Mischief” series with the original Mischief characters. Dustin’s Mischief fansite TeckademicsEast.com became Mischief.tv in 2007. “Mischief 7 JoyRide” became his first release under Mischief.tv in 2009. “JoyRide” was the first “Mischief” movie shot entirely in High Definition. The movie featured the Joyride cross country rally – Los Angeles to New Orleans.
“Mischief 8″ is currently in production with a release date set for this Summer. Mischief Apparel was relaunched this year and the new Mischief.tv website is scheduled to be launch in February. “Mischief” will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary this Spring.”