The video for Brad Paisley’s current single, “Remind Me,” a duet with Checotah native Carrie Underwood debuted online this week, and the TV show “Extra” has a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the mini-movie.
The video is directed by award winning directors Robert Deaton and George Flanigen and produced by Mark Kalbfeld.
The video was filmed in the El Mirage desert, about 90 miles north east of Los Angeles. The day was hot, dry and windy – even a sand cyclone appeared.
“This is my first desert video – I always said I wouldn’t do one of those cliché desert videos but Robert (Deaton) pitched his idea and it all made sense,” says Paisley in a news release. “It’s a big metaphor – Carrie and I are in a desert walking towards one another. It’s as symbolic as it gets in reference to the song.”
“It was important to us that the video be shot with a sophisticated approach,” adds Underwood in the release. “The song and recording came together in such a wonderful, natural way. We wanted the video to also be something we could be proud of … and we are!”
Once they reach each other in the desert, the country music superstars refrain from playing out any of the passion in the song’s lyric.
“We had to go very delicate in how we did it because, obviously, we’re both separately married to other people,” Underwood told “Extra.” “It would be weird with our friendship like being in this lovey, smushy, gushy story. So we had to do it from like an art perspective.”
“That’s what she told me when I pitched the first idea for the video,” deadpanned Paisley.
The video from “Remind Me” will debut on “GAC Turbo Track” on Saturday and CMT’s “Hot Shot” on Monday.
“Remind Me” is the third single from Paisley’s current album, “This Is Country Music,” and the ballad has sky-rocketed to No. 9 on both the Billboard Country Singles Chart and Mediabase Country Singles Chart.