Filming a Music Video for The Remedy at the Edge of the World in Saudi Arabia

Estranged Music Video The Remedy - Desert Rose Films

Estranged by The Remedy filmed by Nancy Paton at the Edge of the World in Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Estranged by The Remedy was filmed in just five-hours, by an ammeter film crew, at the Edge Of The World, in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert just outside of Riyadh, while I was three months pregnant.

I will definitely remember this day for many reasons.

Firstly, it wasn’t the best day for filming out in the Saudi Arabian desert. We nearly had to cancel the shoot as three people pulled out in the morning, so I was short of an assistance. It was cloudy and looked like a massive sand storm was brewing, and it was still way too hot.

Definitely not a suitable temperature any UK health and safety officer would allow a film crew to film in. A UK health and safety office would have also complained about the air quality being too polluted for the crew to film.

And then you have the risk of falling. It isn’t called the edge of the world for anything. The drop is more than a kilometre down. It’s a drop and we were going to films there.

That’s the beauty of gorilla filmmaker, you do what your team agrees to do, and we were all in for shooting a music video out in the desert gorilla style.

I am so gratefully each day for the awesome team I have as they alway believed in me and my crazy ideas. In this industry you need to be a little crazy.

They might all be ammeters, but boy do they work better than pros.

Estranged Music Video The Remedy - Desert Rose Films

It was a good idea buying my husband a drone for his birthday as he has now become my personal drone operator and I am so proud at how good he has become : )))

He loves playing with this toy and I love having him by my side on shots. Do hope we can do it more often however I doubt he will be leaving his day job anytime soon, but I am so gratefully that we have a hobby that we can share occasionally.

Estranged Music Video The Remedy - Desert Rose Films

We had to drive in convoy for two-hours out of Riyadh, off road into the desert to be away from everyone as we didn’t want to be interrupted or have any problems, that in itself was an adventure. Due to heat we planned to arrive at 2 p.m. as there was no way we could shoot anytime before this.

We arrive and started shooting at 3 p.m. Thanks to my amazing team work and enthusiasm we were finished by 8 p.m. as planned.

Our set designer brought to life my vision with all her helpers who were brilliant at getting everything done in such a short amount of time that we had before the sun started setting.

My wonderful actress Olga was up for anything I asked and we really got our hands dirty shooting this one. It is wonderful working with someone so professional.

Olga, thank you for getting so close to the fire!!! We only had one shot at this shot and you were a star throughout the entire shoot so thank you for doing it!!! It is still my favourite shot in the music video!

Estranged Music Video The Remedy - Desert Rose Films

Thank you to The Remedy, Ahmad Hakeem – Vocals and Guitars, James Paul – Bass Guitar and Ehab Medhat – Drums, for letting me take control of their music video and for trusting me with my vision for it.

Thank you to the entire team that worked on Estranged with me and brought it to life.

Actress: Olga Shribubka.

Editor: Emma Gaffney.

Colorist: Sharaz Ali.Set

Design: Jacquline Cale.

Production Manager: Leigh Jane Obermayer.

Camera Assistant: Sara Alyafi.

Road Crew: Tharanga Wasala.

Drone Operator: Richard Paton.

Runner Stefan Burch.

I couldn’t have done it without each and everyone of you!!! Love you all and cant wait to film the next one. Im thinking its should be in space ; ) hehehehehe

Estranged Music Video The Remedy - Desert Rose Films

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