The arresting image of a giant Gaga being scaled, Lilliputian-style, by a pack of muscled men required the construction of a 300-foot-long, nearly 50-foot-tall sculpture of the singer’s body on a Paramount soundstage. In one of our meetings, Gaga said, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had like 50 Steven Klein models crawling all over me?’ It was like the idea of everybody wanting a piece of you. That’s how that became a reality. The shoot turned out to be quite complicated. It was one of the biggest crane shots the crew had ever done, and we did a motion-control track of her body that was filmed simultaneously. In a more violent director’s cut (there are no clear plans on when it will be released), she actually kills all the boys, like a massacre. The overall theme is about the subject of fame, the dark and light side of it, the pleasures and the pains of fame. Fame can hold you as a prisoner in certain ways.
- Steven Klein on his and Gaga’s film for Gaga’s new fragrance (via ladyxgaga)