- About – Tell me about Britney.
- Baby – Do you regret making Britney wear that schoolgirl outfit in Baby One More Time?
- Baby – In Baby One More Time did Britney actually do the flips?
- Baby – Who wrote the original treatment for Baby One More Time?
- Oops – How did the camera fall on Britney’s head during the making of Oops, I Did It Again?
About – Tell me about Britney.
Over the years I’ve been asked a 1,000 questions about Britney. Once, while doing an on-camera interview for the BBC I was even asked for my opinion about her sex-life and whether I thought she was a virgin! And I gave them the same response I’ll give you – none of your damn business…and none of mine either. Of course I have an opinion about her but apart from the fact that she always worked very hard, was determined and always well prepared I have nothing to say.
Also I haven’t worked with her for over six years during which time she’s been married twice and had 2 kids. I’m sure she’s quite different then when I worked with her.
Baby – Do you regret making Britney wear that schoolgirl outfit in Baby One More Time?
Here’s the TRUE STORY on that one. When we’d decided we were shooting in a school the stylist asked me, “What do you think Britney should wear?” And I replied: “Jeans, sneakers, T-shirt.” Britney’s comment was: “Don’t you think I should be wearing a school uniform?”
I was very nervous about this but both my producer and the client from the label (both women whose opinions I respect) thought it would be cute and fun.
When the video came out people went nuts and I was even described in a magazine as a dirty old man in a raincoat with his hands in his pockets and a leer on his face. I certainly allowed it to happen but it was NOT MY IDEA! (Don’t believe me? Read Britney’s interview in the 20th Anniversary of Q. Q244)
Baby – In Baby One More Time did Britney actually do the flips?
Baby – Who wrote the original treatment for Baby One More Time?
Having flown to NYC to meet Britney in a dance studio I wrote an idea which sucked – so the label put me back on the phone with Britney who told me she wanted to make a video where she was stuck in a classroom thinking about boys and we took it from there. So, if you want to be picky, I wrote the treatment but It was based on her idea.
Oops – How did the camera fall on Britney’s head during the making of Oops, I Did It Again?
It didn’t. The matte box (the bit at the front of the camera) did fall on her head from about five feet – an unfortunate incident which I hope is never repeated ever again in my career. I was very upset but as always Britney was a real trooper and after a rest and some stitches was back dancing soon after the mishap. She was not rushed to hospital, there wasn’t blood gushing everywhere and it didn’t happen in the middle of the night as has been reported!