Pop superstar Ellie Goulding has turned the runway at RAF Wittering near Peterborough into the backdrop for the video accompanying her latest single.
In a highly clandestine affair, more reminiscent of the cold war activities of the base, the former Critics’ Choice awards winner at the Brits and 180 extras spent a day at Wittering shooting the video for the single “Burn”.
As with all new pop videos the need for secrecy was paramount and very few people at Wittering had any knowledge of the event until the day of the shoot.
Commanding Officer of RAF Wittering, Group Captain Damian Alexander said: “We were delighted to be able to facilitate this project and it was a pleasure to meet Ellie and some of the NTSH production team.
“As you can imagine, trying to keep the arrival of an international pop star and 180 extras secret was extremely challenging, particularly when you consider our personnel are trained to be observant of the unusual! The Wittering Team did a great job in their usual professional manner and I know their efforts were really appreciated by the Production Team”.
As with all creative processes as the shoot developed the production team saw opportunities to enhance the video and this was greatly assisted by personnel and equipment from Wittering.
Internationally renowned producer Sean Stuart, of NTSH London, who created the video, said: “The shoot went like clockwork. We had a very ambitious plan for what we intended to do at very short notice.
“As hardened filmmakers we are all still reeling from the ‘can do’ attitude we experienced at Wittering. We were quite amazed at the extra help and facilities we were given. Without their help our film would not have been possible”.
Flight Lieutenant Don Earl, who managed the event said he was delighted to work with the singer-songwriter. He added: “It was an absolute pleasure; she is a very hard working and courteous lady who surprised me by taking the time to meet the RAF personnel assisting on the day, despite her busy schedule”.
However, the biggest surprise of the day must have been that of the Flight Lieutenant’s daughter Rachel, who found herself chatting to Ellie when the star answered her father’s phone whilst he was driving.
She said:“It was amazing we chatted for about five minutes.
“She asked me how school was and what I wanted to do as a career; she was so friendly and down to earth. I can’t wait to see the video”.
The single will be released on 11 August but the video for ‘Burn’ can be seen on YouTube.