The most beautiful and magical sunset
This weekend MadonnaTribe is going to premiere the second part of our Exclusive Interview with Mr Dago Gonzàlez, the director of Madonna’s “Paradise” and “Bedtime Story” tour videos. We also had the chance to chat with Dago about the other videos he directed and edited for the re-Invention Tour, such as Like A Prayer, that we had the chance to see on tv as a backdrop of Madonna’s Live 8 performance. Here’s an excerpt from the interview about shooting that footage.
MadonnaTribe: You also filmed the choir scene used during Like A Prayer in the Re-Invention tour. That was really one of the highlights of the show in terms of interaction with the audience – Madonna used to call it “the non-sitting down song”.
It’s difficult to guess in which time the video is set if you look at the people singing, but it’s clearly contemporary if you look at the location and this makes the images more impressive. Can you tell us something about shooting that footage?
Dago Gonzàlez: I was also impressed the first night when I watched the performance, I knew it was going to be a powerful one but I never could have imagined just how powerful it was going to be, I was really taken back when I sat in the audience and I watched the reaction of the audience and how this magical energy engulfs the venue. M had worked with the LA choir before so that was a no brainier. Wardrobe was designed by Arianne Phillips, Madonna wanted this very specific time period costumes so we brought the references with the wardrobe stylist and they locked it and they had to search all these second hand stores and costume shops to get them.
About the locations, I picked the bridge because it worked great as a metaphor for moving forward and evolving through life but mostly because I thought it?s industrial feel would look cool. The day of the shoot we shot the couples for “Nothing Fails” in the morning, it was rainy and overcast (and it worked great because it gave it this very melancholic feel). It rained the whole day.
However as soon as the choir started singing the rain stopped, the sky opened up and we had the most beautiful and magical sunset…
Everyone on the crew felt that there was a very spiritual energy present during the shot and I think that that energy was projected through the screens during the show…